This post was most recently updated on April 27th, 2019
Getting taste of their own medicine and that too at India, England cricket team suffered humiliating defeat; a shocking one where their batsman fails to capitalize the spinners is more shocking than ever imagined. The visitors struggled and could not capitalize the low bounce at the spinner friendly wicket at Hyderabad. Normally the surface of Hyderabad stadium is batter’s friendly but this time it has variable bounce and it is proving to be a turner all the way. India’s scoring of three hundred not justifying the pitch conditions as India batted superbly especially Dhoni ,Raina and then Jadeja to score an impeccable three hundred runs. An outstanding knock from India skipper with some graft hitting and swash buckling stroke play. Dhoni at first stayed at the crease and then justifies the bounce and then the swing of the bowling and then starting to hit out to bowlers with disdain.
Dhoni’s unbeaten 87 from 70 balls and fourth in a row against England, this innings is full of strokes with some lusty hitting of bowlers through his authentic helicopter shot which is the definition of Dhoni’s career. When at first in the crease he played the ball in its merit and justifies the bowler’s supremacy as till that point Dhoni is playing like a sheer defensive batter but then after few overs, especially at the beginning of batting team’s power play,Dhoni and Raina pulled the plug and began hitting out to bowlers and talking them into sixes. With merciless timing and superior shots English captain Cook becomes powerless and his thought process is going awry. Bowler’s reaction becomes no reaction as the hitting of shots becomes so authentic and huge that you cannot believe into this.
It is the calculated aggression on the part of Dhoni and managed to steer a wonderful win with some classy Dhoni’s batting. Dhoni reminding the media and the public who is criticizing him for his recent debacles is a timely reminder for them and Dhoni as with his usual self continue to dominate the proceedings with ease. In his innings, Dhoni shows the required urgency and try to remove the nightmare shadow of previous English tour and thus in this process trying to erase the bad memories in this process. In the absence of Yuvraj, Dhoni decided to come at the number six and he believes it is not fair for the youngster to come at this batting position as there would be less able to play so they can be vulnerable. Raina time and again proving that he is a good prospect in this short format of this game and now the onus lies with Rahanne, Patel, Gambhir and Kohli to come good in the rest of the matches in this five matches one-day international series. England did fine till the end of the thirty-fifth over but afterwards their momentum is being blocked by some superlative batting display and some swashbuckling hitting over the fences.