- Dhoni scored 50 runs against New Zealand, team India lost by 18 runs
- There were reports that Dhoni was sent to bangladesh at Bang Bang on 7th position.
Sports desk Indian cricket team’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar revealed that the decision to send Mahendra Singh Dhoni to No. 7 against New Zealand in the World Cup semifinal was not his own alone. In the match played on July 9, the Indian team had to face defeat. Dhoni scored 50 in batting at No. 7. Bangar said, ‘I am surprised that people are looking at me in this matter. This was not my decision alone. We took stock of all the situations, after that this decision was taken. ” There were reports that Dhoni was sent at number seven on the request of Sanjay Bangar.
This semi-final rain played in Manchester was ended in two days. New Zealand scored 239 runs in 8 overs in 50 overs. Chasing the target, the Indian team had lost 4 wickets for 24 runs. After this Dhoni was not sent. Before them, Dinesh Karthik was sent on the 5th and Hardik Pandya’s sixth number. Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja shared a 116-run partnership. Jadeja was dismissed by 77 runs.
Bangar said – In all the batches were given different responsibilities , Bangar said in an interview given to a website, “All the batsmen were given different responsibilities before the World Cup began. We also decided that the fifth, sixth, and seventh-ranked batting order should be kept flexible. All the players were aware of this personally. Kohli also said in the press conference after the semi-final that after the match with Afghanistan, it was decided that Dhoni can play in the lower order so that he can handle the match after 35 overs.
“Our aim was to get more runs between 30 and 40 overs ,” said the batting coach, “Dhoni was sent to seventh on the team’s consent. Dinesh Karthik was sent to fifth place above him, but the constant responsibility of finisher was due to Dhoni’s fall. Coach Ravi Shastri also said that the team decided to send Dhoni down. So they were sent to seventh. Our aim was to get more runs between 30 to 40 overs. ‘
Ganguly had described it as a ‘tectonic blender’ before Shastri had said that it was the decision of the entire team. Shastri said, “The first thing is that the decision to send them to number 7 was simple. Secondly, did you want Dhoni to go quickly and get out and go back? It would end the expectation of reaching the goal. “Captains like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly criticized the decision. Ganguly described it as a ‘tectonic blender’.