England all-rounder Ben Stokes has made a bold statement about MS Dhoni and how the former India skipper “lacked intent” while in pursuit of 337 runs that England had posted in Birmingham.
“There was little or no intent from him (Dhoni) or his partner Kedar Jadhav,” Stokes analysed in his new book ‘On Fire’ published by Headline Books and distributed by Hachette India.
“There is a theory in our camp that Dhoni’s way of playing has always been the same. Even if India can’t win the game, he takes it right to the end to try to make sure that India’s run-rate stays relatively healthy,” Stokes wrote.
Batting first, England had rode on some briliant batting performance from their top and middle-order line up. Jason Roy scored 66 while Jonny Bairstow notched 111 while Stokes smashed 79 off just 54 deliveries helping England score 337/7 in 50 overs.
In reply, India lost KL Rahul fir a duck but vice-captain Rohit Sharma and skipper Kohli held on to the innings well. The two put 138 for the second wicket before Kohli was out for 66 while Sharma scored a ton. Rishabh Pant chipped in with 32 off 29 while Hardik Pandya scored 45 off 33.
India needed some 112 runs from almost 11 overs when Dhoni walked in. He scored 42* off 31 but failed to take India over the line.
England eventually won the match by 31 runs and later lifted the World Cup for the first time.