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Is MS Dhoni’s failure as a captain camouflaged by his exploits with the gloves?

Is MS Dhoni’s failure as a captain camouflaged by his exploits with the gloves?

Amidst great joy and relief following India’s win over Bangladesh, the ever so frivolous Indian cricket fan is on cloud nine and has gone gaga over his Captain Cool’s leadership skills. No matter how the game turns out, the end result always marks the fate of a captain in our country where there exists no rationale behind supporting players when things go in/against their favour on the scorecard. Here are some of the tactical errors which Dhoni committed yesterday.

1. Team Selection

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya celebrating India’s victory against Bangladesh.

The outlandish decision making began much before the game started. Choosing Hardik Pandya over the likes of Harbhajan Singh/Pawan Negi on a square turner defied any measure of sanity. While the country is ecstatic about the last over finish, a question less pondered over is what brought India to that position in the first place.

Something that has gone amiss is Pandya’s bowling figures. Pandya went for 25 runs in his 2 overs against Pakistan when Pakistan’s run rate was below 7 and went for 29 runs in 3 overs yesterday when India were defending 7.3 runs an over.

Also, it’s difficult to understand why Ajinkya Rahane is warming the bench when he is technically a more correct batsman than the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh. Shikhar Dhawan, as is evident is struggling with lack of form and finds it difficult to rotate the strike in the powerplay overs and ends up consuming deliveries if he doesn’t make it big.

On the other hand, Yuvraj Singh initially made it to the team because we was supposed to lend a balance as a part time spinner. It comes as a huge surprise that Yuvraj hasn’t been given a chance to roll his arm in the 3 matches.

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