NEW DELHI: Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has slammed Indian fans for blaming MS Dhoni for India’s 34-run defeat in the first ODI against Australia in Sydney.
Chasing 289 to win, India, despite Rohit Sharma’s 133, could only manage 254/9, and it was only due to the partnership between Dhoni (51) and Rohit Sharma that India could reach that far. However, the slow nature of Dhoni’s 96-ball effort invited fans’ ire.
“I cannot believe how much criticism MS Dhoni has got about losing the game, and how the press and all the pundits in the world have gone after him,” Jones wrote in his column for the The Times of India.
“Do people actually not understand what it takes to come in when the team is four for three? Number one, you have got to stop the bleeding, and he (Dhoni) did that. Number two, he got a shocking lbw decision. And number 3, at the end of the game with around six overs to go, Australia were worried, mainly due to the efforts of Rohit Sharma and Dhoni.”
Some section of the fans also criticised Rohit for not being fit, to which Jones also reacted.
“And then there’s the criticism that’s been thrown at Rohit saying he’s not fit! The Indian fans are just so hard, so critical,” the Australian added.
Jones also lauded Australia’s effort, coming back to winning ways after losing the Test series 1-2.
“Jhye Richardson bowled (4/26) with some real pace and reverse-swung the ball; his batting shows that there’s something there and that he may just be a replacement for Starc in the future. Overall, I think the batting was outstanding. I was so impressed by Peter Handscomb, and I would like to see him watch his footwork in the one-day game and try to mimic it in Tests, if he gets another opportunity to do so,” Jones wrote.
Source: Times of India