England handed India their first loss in this year's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Sunday as the home side emerged victorious by 31 runs at Edgbaston.
Chasing 338, India could only manage 306/5 and their slow batting towards the end left half the world perplexed.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's slow batting once again came under scrutiny and became the talk of the town as the wicket-keeper batsman was seen playing in his own pace despite India needing more than 10 runs per over when he walked in.
The 37-year-old managed to score 42 runs from 31 balls, but he was clearly seen not looking for boundaries in the final overs. This approach by the former captain is being widely scrutinised on Twitter.
"If there was any team that had the ability to stop India's winning run, it was England. Dhoni's approach in the last few overs, however, was baffling," former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.
If there was any team that had the ability to stop India’s winning run. It was England. Dhoni’s approach in the last few overs however was baffling. 🤔— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 30, 2019
Good evening India 👍👍👍— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 30, 2019
Lots have said, ‘the team that beats India, will win the CWC’...— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) June 30, 2019
Indians watching dhoni play last 5 overs pic.twitter.com/PzbKkgVaxE— E. (@EngineeRoholic) June 30, 2019
Dhoni ko orange nahi, yellow T-shirt pehna do. Phir dekho.#ENGvCSK— Aniruddha Guha (@AniGuha) June 30, 2019
Very true; all feel that Dhoni deliberately played a quite game, not aggressive at all, as if they had decided to lose; big shame, no way to play any game; https://t.co/zM7W1sSpvW— Mohandas Pai (@TVMohandasPai) June 30, 2019