Virat Kohli Could Have Led India To Sunday 14 Final
The Men in Blue lost to the Black Caps in the first semi-final of ICC 2019 in Manchester on 10 July 2019. Indian team was knocked out in a modest 240 run chase by the New Zealand pace battery.
Sky remain overcast throughout the match and rain forced it into the reserve day. It was clear from the start that it wasn’t a batting wicket but Kiwis managed to get 239 after losing 8 wickets in 50 overs.
Indian team was aware about the bowling wicket but took no lessons from the warmup fixture with Kiwis that India lost. The New Zealand pace battery spearheaded by Trent Boult and Matt Henry rattled the top 3 batsmen of India including the skipper Virat Kohli the first three overs.
After the loss of skipper, the team lost control over the game but the captain didn’t try to strengthen the team position by changing the batting order. MS Dhoni was sent on number seven when the team could take advantage of his experience by sending him on fourth or fifth position.
Together MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja rekindled the hope of Indian team and fans but the loss of Jadeja on a slow bowl by Trent Boult shattered the hopes. MS Dhoni reclaimed the ground with his 50 but lost in the rush to retain the strike.
Indian lost the match to New Zealand by 18 runs as none from the team could face the pace attack of Kiwis. The Men in Blue were bundled to the pavilion in 49.3 overs.
Virat Kohli comments on the match
Virat Kohli seemed disappointed by the loss but he stood by his team and praised the run chase by the lower batting order. But receive flak from seniors who are of the view that the result could be otherwise had MS Dhoni been sent on the third position.
Criticism of Virat Kohli
Sourav Ganguli and VVS Laxman attacked Virat Kohli saying the defeat was due to a tactical blunder. Dropping Dhoni at number seven cost the India dearly. The stage was set for Dhoni to repeat his 2011 inning when he decided bat ahead of Yuvraj Singh and finish the match.
Relying on newcomers like Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya at the cost of MS Dhoni, the experienced Indian skipper, was really a blunder that could be averted.