Hattrick hero Mohammed Shami | Picture Courtesy: ICC

Mohammed Shami’s last over hattrick against Afghanistan saw India dodged a bullet with a narrow win in Southampton. Afghanistan spinners did the damage as India could only manage 224 from 50 overs.

However, despite the victory, Indian Legend Sachin Tendulkar criticized MS Dhoni and Kedar Jhadav for their lack of positive attitude. Dhoni and Jadhav’s partnership of 57 off 84 balls was heavily criticized by fans and Sachin Tendulkar.

Sachin said, “MS Dhoni is a senior player and should show positive intent. Afghanistan’s bowling is good but you can’t score only 119 runs in 34 overs. He did not show any positive intent against Afghanistan.

“MS Dhoni has the ability to hit but yesterday his strike rotation was not good. He faced too many dot balls and this hampered a strong finish for India. The intent could have been much better by the middle order batsmen.

“I believe MS Dhoni needs to up his ante when it comes to strike-rotation in next matches,” Sachin Tendulkar said.

He also urged the Indian middle order to emphasize on performing better in middle overs, as the Team India have struggled to score runs in the middle overs.

“I felt slightly disappointed, it could have been much better. I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni, it was very slow. This was one area where we didn’t look comfortable at all. There was no positive intent.

“There were more than 2-3 dot balls. After Virat got out in the 38th over and till the 45th over we hadn’t scored many runs. There were not enough outings for the middle order batsmen till now and that put pressure on them. But the intent could have been much better by the middle order batsmen,” Tendulkar said.

India is unbeaten after 5 matches, with four wins and one draw.

However, India’s biggest test will start with a game against West Indies on Thursday before they face England on Sunday and Bangladesh next Tuesday. With games coming thick and fast, Indian players fitness will be tested in the next four games.

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