Dhoni’s knock reminded me of my infamous 36* not out: Sunil Gavaskar

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It was one of those bad days for India and MS Dhoni at Lords in the second ODI of the series. The whacker of the ball suddenly turned into a batsman who tried to save the game. Though Dhoni’s intention was to decrease the quantum of the loss, the way it has displayed out has been a bit unusual. Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar comes up with his review stating that he reminded of his odious 36* run knock.

Speaking of the innings, Sunil Gavaskar quoted that it is quite understandable behind the strange innings of MS Dhoni. He added that his struggle was obvious as MS Dhoni ran out of the partners in the crucial time and the shots which he played went into the hands of the fielders and adding dot balls to it, the pressure becomes too much which obviously helps the opposition.

Dhoni Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar (image source: outlookindia.com via PTI)

”Dhoni’s struggle was understandable because when confronted with an impossible situation, the options get limited and the mind becomes negative. Then all the good shots go straight to the fielder to add to the dot balls and the pressure becomes too much. Dhoni’s struggle reminded me of my most infamous innings at the same venue,” Gavaskar wrote to Times of India.

”There is no need to panic though as India can turn it around with some disciplined bowling and building partnerships while batting. What Lord’s has shown though is that England are the No. 1 side for a reason and that India will have to lift their game to win the series,” Gavaskar furtherly added to his lines.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni reached a great landmark of 10000 runs and was the 12th batsman to do so. He is the second wicket-keeper after Kumar Sangakkara and the only person of all to score at 51 average. Coming to series, the win helped England level the series thus bring on the perfect platform for the decider of the series.

Coming to the series, England punched back at Lord’s to level the 3-match ODI series. The superb piece of batting display by Joe Root and the collective bowling effort thrashed India comfortably by a margin of 86 runs. The win also helped the hosts England to stay at top of ICC ODI rankings without any consideration and permutations of the final game of the series.

Now, both the teams are levelled with one each in the 3-match series and are set to take on each other in the final ODI of the series at Headingley, Leeds. As both teams are in prime form, one can expect a solid game of cricket coming from both the dugouts on Tuesday. It is also interesting to see the tactical changes from both the troops for the winner-take-all game.