It is clear that the Indian team and fans might not forget the Wednesday’s evening for the next couple of months as it was a heartbreaking loss for Virat Kohli’s men in the semi-final of the World Cup 2019. Chasing a target of 240 on a tricky pitch India were reduced to 71/5. Again it all came down to MS Dhoni who walked out to bat at No.7 carrying the hopes of semis berth. With his side in trouble, MS Dhoni tried his tested formula of taking the game deep.
This time Ravindra Jadeja had accompanied his former skipper. The duo was able to bring back the game in the balance with a century partnership but Jadeja perished at the wrong time. Then Dhoni took over but unfortunately, a direct hit from Martin Guptill saw the back of legend in Blue. In the end, the cricketer who has taken the side to victory lanes from improbable situations fell short by an inch while attempting a second run in the penultimate over of the innings. After the game even the Australian legend, Adam Gilchrist congratulated him for his contributions to world cricket.
You have given the game so much
In recent times, the media and the former Indian cricketers criticized the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman. Criticism has followed him like his own shadow and even some of his admirers have turned against him. At 38, this World Cup was supposed to be his final international tourney. Such has been the speculations regarding Dhoni’s retirement that captain Virat Kohli was specifically asked about Dhoni’s future plans in the post-match press conference. He replied nothing yet come to fore about Dhoni’s retirement.
In the wake of India’s loss to Black Caps even the three-time World Cup winner, Adam Gilchrist has shared his thoughts on Dhoni’s career. Like most of the Australians, Gilchrist is also a Dhoni supporter and has always held him in high regards. According to Gilchrist, Dhoni’s contributions to the world, cricket will never be forgotten.
He also praised his qualities of calmness and self-belief which has helped Men in Blue in tough situations. Post India’s loss to Kiwis in the World Cup semis, Gilchrist took to the Twitter about how he admires persona: “Not sure if you are playing on but thanks @msdhoni You have given the game so much. Always admired your calmness and self-belief. #CWCUP2019 @BCCI.”