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September 8, 2014

Was MS Dhoni's approach in the final over of the Edgbaston T20 correct?


He had the experience of finishing off similar chases in the past. It would have been unfair to expect a scratchy Ambati Rayudu to do the big-hitting, in what was his T20I debut.


Declining three singles in seven balls when you have a specialist batsman at the other end was definitely not the right approach. It undermined Rayudu's credentials and cost India the game.


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September 9, 2014, 6:38 GMT


Three points. Rayudu is a debutant. Dhoni is a veteran. Do you expect a leader, specially someone like Dhoni, not to lead from the front ? I don't. Who had the better chance of hitting a four or six of the last ball, Dhoni or Rayudu? A no-brainer! Dhoni knows he will be criticised any way by some of his committed critics.If he leaves the job to Rayudu he is selfish, defensive, plotting Rayudu's failure, no understanding of captaincy, etc.). If he takes it upon himself, he is selfish of course, and a glory- seeker, over-confident, no faith in juniors, anti Rayudu conspiracy, does not know basics of cricket etc.). So why not at least shield poor Rayudu from the risk of failure and harsh criticism?

September 8, 2014, 16:10 GMT


It could be argued either way.

What if Dhoni had given strike to Rayudu and he could not connect either or got out catch or bowled etc. Then we would have said - Dhoni should have kept the strike. If England was in this situation, what would Eoin Morgan do? What would AB DeVilliers do? We don't know. Therefore the benefit of doubt goes to the person in the middle (Dhoni). And even if we don't like the result we just have to accept it.

In my view Dhoni did the wrong thing by not taking singles. India lost by 5 runs. That after he refused 2 singles + plus the single on the last ball. Never know, one of those singles would have converted into 2 (overthrow/misfield) and the match would go into Superover (better than losing).

Also, I believe England knew where to bowl to Dhoni (to not allow scoring runs). I don't think they were so sure about Rayudu, so India had an outside chance by rotating the strike.

September 12, 2014, 6:03 GMT


Dhoni has the experience of doing it at international stage.........We must give English bowling credit for defending

September 11, 2014, 11:30 GMT


Dhoni is right.He is the captain who will guard the tailenders to face so many balls and also shielded the juniors from the controversy. If he gave strike to rayudu unfortunately rayyudu out means there will a big trouble.Dhoni had the ability to hit big shots in final overs remember 2010 ipl innings against kings xi punjab,remember wc11 innings. He fails for first time its all part and parcel in games.so leave that matter and concentrate on future.

September 11, 2014, 8:20 GMT


MS Dhoni was correct in his decision. Its just that he missed a few balls that could have gone to the boundary. You can't expect Rayudu to have got India home when 17 runs were needed off an over. In such a situation, you have to back Dhoni. He is the leader of the team and has shown great responsibility by taking such big risks.

September 13, 2014, 11:41 GMT


When it comes off it looks brilliant and when it doesn't it makes you look like a fool. That can be one of the definitions for "innovation" but cricket as a sport is just not only about innovation. Had that been the case then stephen fleming would have been the most successful captain as he was the most innovative on the filed. In a team sport it's all about the team and not an individual. You win or loose as a team and not as an individual, India lost to England and not Dhoni lost to Woakes. Raydu was playing as a specialist batsman and Dhoni should have taken the single and given it to raydu, ohh yes in the hindsight people may say raydu would have been blamed for the loss but take the other angle, kanitkar played for four years just because of a boundary he hit to win India a match and that's the only reason he is remembered. May be raydu cud have won India the match and a place in WC squad for 2015.

September 12, 2014, 19:00 GMT


Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the world's best hitters of the cricket ball; no doubt about it. However, he was unable to perform when India most needed it.

Firstly, turning down three singles had a big impact. In the end, India did lose by three runs, which, had India taken, could have won them the match. Yes, Dhoni did hit a boundary, but this was totally overwhelmed by the next two deliveries. Dhoni also missed two very hittable balls. Had they taken the runs, Rayudu, may have been able to hit.

Secondly, why even have Rayudu in the team if you have zero faith in him? Imagine how Rayudu must be feeling at the moment. It must be truly upsetting for him to think that his captain does not have enough belief in him to hit a boundary. And, lets not forget Rayudu's innings of 30 off 10 in the IPL against RR where he more than proved his capability.

September 12, 2014, 14:06 GMT


Theres actually no Yes or No answer. Dhoni was on the field at the time and he took a decision like only he can. He did what he thought was best for the team. But I think the overall approach to leave it till the last ball was wrong. If Dhoni had taken the earlier single so many would not have been needed off the last ball and he might still have got the strike back.

September 12, 2014, 10:58 GMT


Being a leader is good but showing useless heroics is worthless. Unncessarily denying a good hitter like Rayudu the strike tells how much brainless Mr Captain was at that moment. Being confident is good but being over-confident just brings such a person down to earth very soon. Do i need to remind what the result was. And what about leaving one format of game before World Cup in Australia ??

September 11, 2014, 6:56 GMT


I can't believe people are still justifying Dhoni. How on earth can someone not give stricke to a recognized batsman. You may be Bradman or WG.Grace. But, it doesn't make sense if you don't take single for the fear that your recognized batsman could fail to connect in the next few balls. Every dot ball adds immense pressure when you are chasing big runs in the final over. I can only justify the batsman not taking singles if the non-striker is a known no-striker or a number 11. Even if the non-striker was Mohammed Shami, Dhoni should have taken a single. Because, as we have seen a few times, Shami can also hit the ball a long way. So, it is needless to say what he should have done if the non-striker was Rayudu. As some Dhoni supporters have said, he can't finish the game each time. That is what Dhoni should know very well and should have rotated the strike. Shastri (who took a single in the tied test match) should have had a word with Dhoni.