Last ball strategy: Cricketing world lauds Dhoni

Cricketing-world-lauds-DhonThe nerve-wracking finish in the T-20 encounter with Bangladesh has proved once again that Mahendra Singh Dhoni could rise up to the occasion. Thanks to his strategy of last ball, India could post an incredible win at Bengaluru.
On his part, Dhoni has lauded all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s “fantastic execution” of the last ball, which led to Mustafizur Rahman being run out by the mercurial captain behind the stumps- in a mad-cap final over. “He did what we wanted to do” Dhoni said in a post-match media conference.
Having been cracked for fours off his second and third balls in the defence of 10 runs, Pandya had Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah holing out off the next two balls. The equation ultimately boiled down to two runs needed off the last ball.
That’s where Dhoni stepped in. He had a lengthy on-field chat with Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina and Virat along with Pandya. It was felt the last Bangla batsman Shuvagata should not get a chance to connect the ball with bat.
Accordingly, Pandya sent down a back-of-a-length ball outside off, which Shuvagata Hom could not reach. He attempted a bye, and Mustafizur responded, but Dhoni was too quick for him. He sprinted and broke the stumps.
“The plan was to stick to a back-of-a-length delivery, instead of the yorker, but not too wide outside off” Dhoni revealed
Elaborating further, he said-“One thing was sure. We don’t want to bowl a yorker,” Dhoni said. “It had to be a back-of-a-length delivery, but how much back of the length is the question. You don’t want to bowl a wide and by the time it travels to the keeper, the batsman has the opportunity to take one more run. “So we were deciding what’s a good field and what’s the length to bowl. I think he executed really well. You can always plan a hundred things and unless the execution is good, it doesn’t look good on the field. I feel the execution of the last delivery was fantastic.”
Senior commentators Harsha, Gavaskar and Kumara Sangakkara, K Srikanth praised Dhoni’s tactical strategy and said- “well done”

Medaram Jathara

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