World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, you are an absolute legend, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_img Next World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, you are an absolute legend, says Shoaib AkhtarICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar heaped rich praise on Ravindra Jadeja, saying the all-rounder played one of his best knocks in India’s semi-final defeat to New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesday.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 20:23 IST World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni hit a valiant 50 in India’s semi-final los to New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni hit a valiant 50 in India’s semi-final defeat to New ZealandYou have proved you’re a great batsman and a great brand ambassador: Akhtar to DhoniHats off to India. India fought back really well: AkhtarFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said India can be proud of the way they played at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 despite their campaign ending in the semi-final with a defeat to New Zealand.Shoaib Akhtar heaped rich praise on MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja for the way they staged India’s fightback in the tense chase of 240 against New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesday. India did well to restrict New Zealand to 211 for 5 before rain played spoilsport on Tuesday. The 1st semi-final spilled into the reserve day.India’s chase though got off to a horrible start as they lost Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul inside the first 4 overs and were reeling at 5 for 3. A steady stand between Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya emerged but with both of them going back to the hut, India were reduced to 92 for 6.While a successful chase looked improbable, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja gave India a chance with 116-run stand for the 7th wicket. While Dhoni was happy taking the odd singles, Jadeja went all out attack and took the New Zealand bowlers to the cleaners.”What a match. Wah, Wah, Ravindra Jadeja… very good innings. Dhoni… you are an absolute legend. With your game today, you have proved you’re a great batsman and a great brand ambassador for the team. But unfortunately, that run out changed it. A dive would have changed it. India, you were so close… yet so far,” Shoaib Akhtar said in his YouTube channel.”But hats off to India. India fought back really well. You have done yourself very proud. Jadeja, you have saved the grace. It was a poor batting performance by the top five players. Rohit (Sharma) got a brilliant ball. However, I think Virat Kohli was unlucky as it was a poor decision to give him out. The ball was just clipping the bails and he was given out by the on-field umpire.advertisement”The other batsmen also did not show much intent until Jadeja came in and played superbly. And so was Dhoni who kept India in the hunt.””It was unfortunate that Jadeja got out to a ball that he could have hit for a six. And had Dhoni dived, who knows, he wouldn’t have got run-out and would have taken India across the finishing line,” he added.All hope was not lost even after Jadeja persihed in the 48th over for 77 as MS Dhoni stepped up and smashed Lockie Ferguson over point for a fine six with 30 needed off the last 2. However, a stunning throw from Martin Guptill saw Dhoni getting run out on 50.Dhoni cut a disappointed figure as he walked back to the hut. India eventually fell short of the target by 18 runs and got knocked out of the tournament. However, Dhoni and Jadeja have won a lot of praise for their valiant fight in Manchester.Taking to social media, legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist said he was always inspired by Dhoni’s calmness and self belief.Batting great Sachin Tendulkar heaped rich praise on Ravindra Jadeja, saying the all-rounder was determined to something special for Team India on Wednesday.”He was brilliant. This morning when he got Ross Taylor run out with that direct throw, we in the commentary box were discussing that it could be his day. The way he took initiative in that partnership (with Dhoni), he caught New Zealand by surprise, caught them off guard,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.”There were number of clean shots by him, which were from a batsman who was out there to do something and prove something. I would give him 10 on 10 today.”Also Read | I will keep giving my best till my last breath: Ravindra JadejaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressureAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New Zealandlast_img read more