Umpiring error haunts India as MS Dhoni lost his wicket on no-ball

Ross Houston
July 12, 2019

He might have played his last game in national colours but the player of his stature deserves a better send-off.

Even after Team India lost the semifinals and knocked out of ICC World Cup 2019, Indian Cricket fans didn't stop supporting them and flooded the social media platforms with wholehearted gestures and comments. "So they know how to put pressure because they play very consistent cricket and today was an example of that", he added. Speaking to NNIS Sports, the former India batsman said that Dhoni should have gone for the big shots instead of asking his younger teammates to do it. They were stuck and confused.

During the game, an umpiring error got unnoticed as the Twitter users have pointed out that the ball on which Dhoni lost his wicket was actually a no-ball as more than five players were outside the circle at that time.

The game was always running against them from that point, and while India did well to stay in the tie until the final few overs, it would've needed a monumental comeback to recover. Then everybody scores runs. So it's not easy under pressure.

In the World Cup, Dinesh Karthik has got a couple of opportunities, but he has failed to leave an impact in the middle-order. The India captain reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball was clipping the bails and Kohli tossed his bat into the air in disgust.

"That partnership that he was involved in with Jadeja who came in and hit the ball better than anybody in both teams was very, very valuable".

"With the new ball they were outstanding with the areas that they hit". But Kane Williamson outsmarted India tactically with the way he attacked upfront and the way he set the field.

New Zealand won by 18 runs as India finished 221 all out. On the eve of the semifinal, Kohli said: "I'm sure everyone has special things to say about Dhoni".

"Mr Mahendra Singh Dhoni, you have played so much cricket. We have seen Dhoni finish games from those similar positions on a number of occasions", Williamson said after the match. A batsman is never settled this way.

With most of the players delivering goods, but considering the age and at times bleak performances, some players may not make an appearance in the ODIs post World Cup. Rearguard action by Pandya (32 runs in 62 balls) and Rishab Pant (32 runs in 56 balls) was not good enough till veteran and former captain Dhoni (50 runs in 72 balls) along with a fearless 77 runs in 59 balls by Jadeja brought hopes for an Indian win.

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