Although England put up a terrific fight in the second ODI at Lord’s to level the series, yet it was the approach of the Indian players which did not please the fans as they gave up without a fight.
Cricket news: Dhoni scored a sluggish 37 in second ODI at Lord’s
There was still hope for the Indian fans when MS Dhoni was batting in the middle but the veteran and former Indian captain did not show any intent to go after the England bowling as he played a sluggish knock.
This attitude of Dhoni was treated with boos from the Indian fans who came to watch the game. England cricketer Joe Root was surprised to see how the most loved cricketer was booed in the Mecca of Cricket.
When Dhoni came to the crease, India has lost their skipper Virat Kohli and were struggling at 140/4. Suresh Raina was quite set in the middle and the fans thought that the duo would take India closer to the target of 323.
However Dhoni never tried to attack and just dropped anchor. Even after Hardik Pandya fell, Dhoni did not do anything and with every dot ball he played, the crowd started booing him. He eventually got out as he was caught in the deep when he tried to clear one ball out of the ground.
Joe Root was the man-of-the-match as he played a crucial knock of 113 runs and helped his team to post a total of 322 runs.
During the post-match conference when he was questioned about Dhoni’s slow batting, he said that he was surprised by the way the fans treated the veteran the veteran.
However he later added that he was happy with the way the team played and came out with a clinical display as they won by a margin of 86 runs and remained alive in the series.
“Yes (it was surprising), but ultimately it doesn’t really concern us. We always try and judge how we approach the game and how we go about things. We try to maintain a professional approach and be as ruthless as possible. We managed to see India through by bowling them out by the end of the game. So we are looking after our own game and putting ourselves in a strong position by the end of the game,” Root said.