Was not happy with Dhoni-Jadhav’s slow partnership: Sachin Tendulkar
Former Captain Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday admitted that he was not happy with the way India’s middle-order batsmen played against Afghanistan at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and felt that the batsmen lacked intent in the middle overs.
Tendulkar in particular pointed out the partnership between MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, saying that the duo was just too slow in their approach against Afghanistan’s spinners.
“I felt slightly disappointed, it could have been much better. I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni, it was very slow. We batted 34 overs of spin bowling and scored 119 runs. This was one area where we didn’t look comfortable at all. There was no positive intent.
“There were more than 2-3 dot balls. After virat got out in the 31st over and till the 45th over we hadn’t scored many runs. There were not enough outings for the middle order batsmen till now and that put pressure on them. But the intent could have been much better by the middle order batsmen,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.
Dhoni and Jadhav were part of a 57-run partnership for the fifth wicket but they also played out 84 balls between themselves. Dhoni made 24 off 36 in that partnership while Jadhav scored 31 off 48 balls which slowed down India’s proceedings in the middle overs.
India eventually managed to post 224 for 8 in 50 overs with Virat Kohli top-scoring with 67 runs while Jadhav contributed with 52.
The match turned on its head in the second innings as Afghanistan gave India a tough fight with Mohammad Nabi scoring 52 off 55 balls but the Indian bowler led by Jasprit Bumrah and the spinners fought back really well to bowl Afghanistan out for 213.
Mohammed Shami ended up with a hat-trick in the final over to close the match in India’s favour.
“Kedar Jadhav was under pressure, he had not had an outing up until now. He needed someone to take charge of the situation early on but that did not happen. Both Kedar and Dhoni were not able to play at the required strike rate that they would have wanted. Those in-between overs could have been better and that is why Kedar was under a bit of pressure,” Sachin Tendulkar said.
Courtesy : India Today