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The Defeat of Table Toppers : India Vs New Zeland

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The craze of cricket is not new in India. Indian public of every age group has always been a huge cricket maniac. The cricket world cup of 2019 was more than special for us. Everyone was hopeful for the Indian team to bring the trophy home, but sadly all the hopes and expectations got shattered into million pieces after yesterday’s match. India lost unexpectedly, and with the loss, our journey came to an end in this world cup. All the highlights and reasons are discussed further in this article.

 

Match Analysis

The first semi-final of the world cup was decided to take place on the 9th of July but that could not happen. Half of the game was played on 9th and the other half on 10th July. New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first. The first inning started where New Zealand’s batting was not that impressive and everyone very early in the match decided that this match belongs to India. In 46.1 overs Newzeland only manages to score 211 runs with the loss of 5 wickets and then rain stopped the play. Rain emerged as a villain in this crucial game. After waiting for really long it was decided that the rest of the game will be continued on a reserved day.

The second day of the match started from where it was interrupted. New Zealand managed to score a total of 239 runs. Indian batting line up shattered like a stack of cards under the Newzeland bowling spell. All the expectations of yet another century from Rohit Sharma got vanished and the whole country just wanted the big win. The chase that was looking like a piece of cake earlier now looked like a walk of thorns. Although M.S Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja tried their level best India could not save this match and ultimately lost it.

 

The Rain Factor

The rain played a very deciding role in this semi-finals. Debates are going on that if the match would have been completed in a normal way without rain India would have won it. But nothing is set in stone. But the rain did put Newzeland on the gaining side. It provided them the chance to redeem themselves overnight and enhance their planning to win the game. India, on the other hand, became super chill and overconfident and thus, ended up on the losing side.

 

MS Dhoni: the best finisher

MS Dhoni Indian team’s ex-captain and an amazing player did everything he could have done to win the game but sadly everything went in vain. The ex-captain cool played a superb inning of 50 runs, despite being out of form. MS Dhoni has done wonders for Indian cricket in the past 12 years. He is considered to be one of the most successful captains ever by winning the trophy in all the three formats and making team India number 1 in ODI as well as Test matches. But unfortunately, this might be the last world cup of Dhoni and retirement news can come any day.

 

Controversial Captaincy

Many questions were raised regarding the lost match. Whose fault it was? Why did top batting order fail? Why no one was sticking on the ground and scoring runs? But the most important question was raised on the captaincy of Virat Kohli. What mistakes could have been avoided by Virat Kohli as a captain? What could have been to prevent the loss after losing so many wickets? Why didn’t he as a captain took the burden on his shoulder and scored something. Moreover, his comparison with MS Dhoni also began.

Nonetheless, we shouldn’t get so disheartened over a game. It’s a sport after all someone has to lose, and someone has to win.

 

 

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 Mahendra Singh Dhoni The Captain Cool turns 39

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Mahendra SIngh DHoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni or better known as Mahi or Dhoni is the most loved Indian Cricketer of all the time. Fans often call him Captain cool. The Cricketer has been the former captain of Indian Cricket Team but is still looked upon as most respectable player not only by fans but also by his teammates. Today, on his 39th birthday, let us have a look at some amazing and wonderful facts about Dhoni.

Only Captain to win All ICC Trophies

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (worldcup)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known for captaincy in 2011 World Cup won by India but he is also the only captain in the whole long history of Cricket to win all the ICC Trophies. The credit not only goes to the smart captaincy of this legend but also to his smart choice about his teammates and their respective positions on the playfield. Under his captaincy, India won ICC  T20 World Cup in 2007, Asia Cups in 2010 and 2016, ICC World Cup in 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy. Such a record has not yet been set up by any other captain of any cricket team in the world.

Better known as Captain Cool

Dhoni(IPL)

Almost everyone knows when someone is referring to Captain Cool, they are talking about Dhoni. But the major reason behind this is yet unknown to many. Dhoni is very calm by nature. During matches, almost players often lose their control over their emotions but Dhoni is always seen in the calm and composite mood even during hard times. This control over himself not only makes him the most respected player but also gives strength to his co-players.

Footballer

Cricket is not the only game which Dhoni has played since ever. Before Cricket, he used to play football and badminton. His outstanding goalkeeping skills caught the eye of his childhood coach, who asked him to play for school cricket team as wicketkeeper. Also, Dhoni has played both football and badminton at district level championships.

Helicopter Shot

Dhoni’s Helicopter Shot is very famous. Almost everyone has heard about it. But Dhoni is not the inventor of this shot. It was learnt by him from his friend named Santosh Lal and that too, during a tennis tournament in Ranchi.

Honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel

Dhoni (army)

Dhoni has been conferred to the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the year 2011. Dhoni has since always expressed his love for the Army and his country. He also serves the nation by taking up his duties in the Army. According to him, he always tells his wife that she is the third love of his life with the country being the first and his parents being the second.

Only Cricketer to reach Eight IPL Finals

Dhoni is the captain of IPL team “Chennai Super Kings” and he has been the only cricketer to reach finals of all the eight IPL seasons. He has also won three of the finals in years 2010, 2011 and 2018. And the most interesting fact is that he is the only captain with such a title.

Final word

Dhoni is one of the most loving cricketers of the Indian Cricket Team. He has fans all over the world. On his 39th birthday, a lot of his fans have been wishing him. Twitter is full of birthday wishes. Rohit Sharma wished “Happy Birthday Youngster” to him. BCCI has also tweeted to wish him. Along with this, many cricketers and celebrities are wising him. With these wishes, we hope Dhoni will set more and more records in the future and make his family, friends, fans and the country proud.

 

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India beats Afghanistan in a nail biting encounter

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India has ticked all the right boxes in their previous matches and was up against the world’s number 10th rank Afghanistan who have lost all of their previous matches in the world cup. It was expected to be a run-fest after knowing that India won the toss and King Kohli decided to bat first but the Afghan players had some different plans.

 

Batting collapse

Indian batsmen were expected to set up a big total but the Afghan spinners changed the game. The uprooted the Indian top orders with their spin. They took the wicket of the previous game Centurion Rohit Sharma cheaply. Virat Kohli played classic knock of 67 runs with 100+ strike rate but couldn’t manage to convert into a big hundred. Dhoni struggling meaning of 28 runs off 52 balls came to an end with Rashid Khan’s googly. Kedar Jadhav made his first half-century and the most crucial one of the world cup for his team. It was because of HIV his half-century the Indian team managed to secure a total of 224.

The spin trio, Rashid Khan Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi completely changed the game for Afghan and what we expected to be a run-fest was brought down to a below-par total at this pitch but the Indians still favoured themselves because of the inexperienced batting line up of Afghanistan but Afghanistan couldn’t have had asked more than that. They were backing themselves to chase this total down. Their bowling department has outplayed the best players in the world and it was now the time for their batsmen to take the responsibility forward.

 

The chase

The Afghan players started off slowly with a cautious start where they just tried to play the new ball and also the overs of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami who were a blazing fire. Mohammad Shami finally took the first wicket and broke the partnership. The Afghanistan captain, Gulbadin Naib also got out with Hardik Pandya short pitch delivery who went costly in his previous over. The partnership between Rahmat Shah and Hazratullah Zazai was a frustrating one for the Indians. They were making runs at a slow rate but were not losing their wicket.

 

The turning point

Jasprit Bumrah was brought back to the attack and his spell turned out to be the game-changing spell where he took two wickets of the set batsmen Hazratullah Zazai and Rehmat Shah in two successive deliveries which changed the course of the game back in the Indian’s court. Afghanistan couldn’t manage to handle the pressure and were able to maintain any partnership. Mohammad Nabi tried his best to get his side over the line but the death bowling of India was just too good for him. Jasprit Bumrah second last over was a crucial one where he delivered excellent Yorkers and made it difficult for that single to score 16 runs in the last over.

 

The hat-trick

 

Mohammad Nabi hit the first ball of the last over for four and the equation came down to 12 runs of 5 deliveries but Shami’s hat-trick ensured India to get over the line and became the second Indian in the history of cricket after Chetan Sharma to pick a hat-trick but you cannot take away the fighting spirit of Afghanistan that we all have been expecting to see from an underrated team.

Jasprit Bumrah was awarded as the player of the match for his excellent spell of 2/39.

 

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