London: Indian batting legend and alleged cricketing God Sachin Tendulkar has criticized MS Dhoni’s batting against Afghanistan in the World Cup league stage match. MS Dhoni scored 28 from 52 balls as India limped to 224 for 8 before emerging victorious by 11 runs in a closely fought encounter.
After the match, Sachin Tendulkar asked Dhoni to be more aggressive in the middle overs, particularly against the spinners. Speaking to some journalists at the side of a function, he said, “The way MS batted against Afghanistan was quite disappointing and it was too slow for the occasion. You should be more aggressive in the middle overs else, as a middle order batsman, you don’t get enough time to complete your hundred. After a quick start, you can always slowdown in the slog overs to complete your hundred but that start was not acceptable.”
“Afghan spinners were good but let us be honest, they are not comparable to the spinners I faced when I scored my 100 hundreds. You have to take the initiative against them and hit them for a few boundaries that spreads the field out and gives you plenty of single opportunities to complete your century. It is totally understandable when you bat slowly from 80 to 100, but from 0 to 50, you just can’t bat at that pace”, the master blaster said.
There have been calls from some quarters to replace MS Dhoni with Rishabh Pant but reportedly, Captain Kohli is not in favour of any such move as there is no replacement babysitter available to keep the families of the players entertained.