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MS Dhoni Finally Opens Up On Why He Took the Match Ball

MS Dhoni Finally Opens Up On Why He Took the Match Ball

Former Indian captain MS Dhoni has not been in the best of times in his international cricket career and has been at the receiving end of a severe amount of backlash.

Cricket news: After India’s defeat in the ODI series against England, Dhoni took the match ball from the umpires

He could not replicate his stupendous form of the IPL 2018 in the T20I and ODI series against England and failed to meet the demands of his team.

In the second ODI at Lord’s his approach to the game was severely criticised as he did not accelerate when the asking rate started to leapfrog.

Even in the last ODI at Bristol he could not show his magic with the bat and overall in the series scored runs at an abysmal strike rate of 63.20.

After the final game, Dhoni had asked the umpires to hand over the match ball to him. This act spread like wildfire as everyone began to imagine if the veteran cricketer would announce his retirement from international cricket.

The theory was strongly supported by the fact that Dhoni had collected the stumps prior to his Test retirement announcement back in 2014.

Recently the 37-year-old cricketer finally opened up in an interview on why he took the match ball with him that day.

“We actually have to keep working to know what really is happening. That was to see why we are not able to get enough reverse swing because we’ll be playing the World Cup and need to be clear about what is it that we need to do so that we get reverse swing going.

It’s something very important and if the opposition is getting it we should also get it at some point or the other so that’s why I took the ball. After 50 overs, the ball is useless to the ICC so I requested the umpire for a ball and then I gave it to the bowling coach and said we need to work on it,” Dhoni was quoted as saying by Wah Cricket.

“We discussed on how we can get it scuffed up so that we can get a bit of reverse swing going that will, in turn, help the fast bowlers get the Yorkers after the 40-over mark that would help us in restricting the opposition by not giving too many runs in the last ten overs,” the veteran cricketer added.

Rakesh Rakshit

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77