Former India captain Virat Kohli and batting great VVS Laxman slammed Virat Kohli's decision to send MS Dhoni at number seven during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final defeat to New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester on Wednesday.
Dhoni, probably playing his last match in India colours, almost pulled off a win for the team. But he got out in the most inopportune moment as India suffered an 18-run loss. Batting
In a post-match show for the official broadcasters, VVS said that it was a "tactical blunder" from Kohli "to send Dhoni that low".
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Ganguly shared Laxman's view and said that "In a run-chase like this, you cannot send a batsman like Dhoni at number 7. He could've come to bat early and batted the entire innings. Then we would have had [Ravindra] Jadeja, [Hardik] Pandya, and [Dinesh] Karthik, whose contribution in four and five overs have been immense in the past. He (Karthik) struggles only when he has to begin the game from scratch."
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In a rain-affected encounter, which needed a reserve day to complete the match, India needed 240 runs to beat New Zealand. But despite a 116-runs stand between Dhoni and Jadeja, India were bundled out for 221.