Former Indian captain Mahendra Sigh Dhoni may have slumped with the bat and unsuccessful to motivate his team Jharkhand against Hyderabad on Friday. However, Coach Rajiv Kumar defended Dhoni, saying that they would bounce to qualify from Group D in Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Jharkhand’s destiny suspends in balance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy after suffering 21 run loss against Hyderabad, although well century by Sourabh Tiwary 102 off 104 balls.
While look for 204 runs to win, Dhoni played 20 balls to score the first boundary and ended his struggle at 28 runs off 47 balls. Dhoni was cleaned up by Hyderabad left-arm spinner Mehdi Hasan 3/40. Dhoni team were packed out after scoring 182 in 44.4 overs.
Jharkhand coach Rajiv said “He (Dhoni) could not have done much. There was little time to react. It was a good length ball that stayed low and skidded on to stumps. It was his bad luck.”
The coach pointed out that Dhoni added his captaincy as Jharkhand handled to control Hyderabad to a modest 203/8.
He said “His leadership quality is an inspiration to all of us. With his smart thinking, he’s able to restrict a team for 276/9 when they’re eyeing a total of 300-plus (against Services in Kalyani on Feb 28). Here we could restrict them for 200-odd. There’s an overall improvement but wicket has been difficult, we have not been successful to adapt quickly.”
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“He has seen situations like no one else here. Nobody knows to finish a game better than him. His presence is a big boost for the side. In Kalyani we lost three but Jaggi and Sourabh finished the game. It’s a big learning experience for all of us,” he added.
Coach Rajiv said that Dhoni has a good chat with the team, “He had a good chat with the team. He told us what are the areas of weakness we need to work as a team.”
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Sourabh had lost his wicket when team Jharkhand needed 31 runs off 70 balls; coach Rajiv said “It’s not fair to say he threw his wicket. Had he been successful in chasing we would have said he played exraordinary innings. But only he could feel how his body was feeling. He developed cramps. He wanted to close the game so there were a lot of things going in his mind.”