India has a marginal victory against Afghanistan in the match played yesterday but the performance has left the maestro of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar disappointed by the batting side of the Indian team. He said that the middle order of the team comprising of MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav lacked the spirt of play and the positive intent in the very tough and demanding World Cup battle with Afghanistan in Southampton in Saturday.
There were more than 2-3 dot balls
The middle order that is much lured and famed for handling pressurizing situations failed to counter the Afghanistan spinner Gulbadin Naib-led side when they restricted the Indian team to a score of only 224 for eight.
Mohommad Nabi came strong while playing his 52 off 55 knock and came very strong to lead his side to their first maiden victory only when the Indian bowlers were able to restrict the team who eventually got bowled out for 213. The hat-trick from Mohammad Shami and the amazing bowling by JaspritBumrah came great during the death overs, sealing the victory for India.
I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni
This however did not impress Sachin Tendulkar who said that he is not happy with the way middle overs batting squad handled the pressure and scored runs. “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,”said Tendulkar.
Sachin furthered by saying that after Kohli got out in the 38th over, there were not much runs scored till the 45th over. “There were more than 2-3 dot balls. After Virat got out in the 38th 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,” said Tendulkar.