Pakistan minister calls former Indian skipper MS Dhoni match-fixer, biased cricketer

Paola Ditto
Luglio 11, 2019

After India's shocking loss to New Zealand in the semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 during which Dhoni played a fighting knock, many believed that it was his last worldwide innings.

Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni's (50) seventh-wicket partnership put India back in the game but the latter's run-out tilted the match in New Zealand's favour. It was a case of so close but yet so far.

Chasing a modest target of 240, the Indian top order suffered a stunning batting collapse to leave the team reeling at 24 for four.

One such moment came after - Jadeja reached his half-century and performed his signature sword celebration to keep India's chances alive in the contest - opener Rohit Sharma gestured towards the southpaw from the dressing room.

"I don't think that I would like to break things down immediately", said Kohli. "Just to watch the ball and catch it, which was nice that it stuck", said Williamson. And despite a spirited comeback, led by Ravi Jadeja and MS Dhoni, the damage proved too much to overcome in an 18-run defeat. "And so was Dhoni who kept India in the hunt".

"It was unfortunate that Jadeja got out to a ball that he could have hit for a six". As for Pant, Kohli said he already understood his mistake but it was all part of the learning process for a 21-year-old player who had not even been an original selection in this, his first World Cup. "Dhoni is an absolute legend". He is a great ambassador for the game. Till the time he was there, it looked like he would win the game for India. They took to the streets to celebrate India's embarrassing defeat.

Acknowledging the fighting spirit displayed until the last overs despite suffering early setbacks in terms of losing its top batsmen, the Indian cricket team has received a pat on the back for the die-hard spirit shown in the cricket world cup semi-final match against New Zealand.

Australia, meanwhile, will take on arch-rivals England in the second semi-final of the World Cup at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham on Thursday.

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