Team India’s limited overs skipper MS Dhoni has finished off many a games in the team’s favour. But of late, his finishing act has been on a decline where his batting has failed to do the talking and notch up wins for India. Besides, his tendency to take the chase deep into the game has backfired miserably in recent times. It isn’t the same Dhoni whose big hits and useful cameos used to save India a few blushes and win matches for the team. Here are some matches where Dhoni has failed to do the finishing acts that have cost Team India a few matches.
India vs New Zealand at Chennai in 2012: Chasing 168, India was on the path to a win against New Zealand in a T20 match in 2012. India needed 48 runs off 40 balls for a win. Virat Kohli had struck 70 off 41 balls to provide the perfect platform for Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh to do the finishing acts. However, they failed miserably. Yuvi got out in the last over as MS Dhoni couldn’t get the big hits going to lose the match by just 1 run. Dhoni made a painful 23-ball 22 with two fours. Dhoni’s tactics to hold the big hits till the end backfired miserably.
India vs Sri Lanka in Dhaka in World T20 final in 2014: Kohli was in the form of his life in this tournament. Dhoni’s tactics in this game cost India to put up a big total. He promoted a struggling Yuraj Singh ahead of Suresh Raina. Yuvi couldn’t get going and could muster only 11 off 21 balls. When Dhoni came to the crease in 18 over, he struggled to connect big shots against Sri Lankan bowlers Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara. Inform Kohli was kept out of the strike most of the time in the last 5 overs and India was able to put up just 130 runs on board. The score was below-par to trouble Sri Lankan batsman who went on to win the final.
India vs England in Birmingham in 2014: England had put up 180/7 runs on board in the lone T20 against India in Birmingham in 2014. India responded well with Virat Kohli hitting 41-ball 66. When Kohli departed, India needed 50 runs off 34 balls with seven wickets in hand. Dhoni joined Rahane in the middle. The equation boiled down to 28 off 14 balls. Dhoni’s tactics to keep the big shots for the end proved disastrous. Besides, he did not had much faith on his batting partner Ambatti Rayudu, as he refused three singles off the last seven balls as he looked for big shots for a win. The ploy backfired as India lost the match by 5 runs.