Parthiv Patel recently pointed out that India committed a strategic error during the all-important semi-final match against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup by failing to promote veteran batsman, MS Dhoni, in the batting order.
In the course of a conversation on Cricbuzz, Parthiv Patel brought up the fact that Dinesh Karthik was sent in to bat before MS Dhoni in the game that was played against New Zealand. It was implied by him that Dhoni could not have won the game when he was in the locker room.
The former keeper and batsman for India is of the opinion that Dhoni should have batted higher up the order because he would have been able to help the Men in Blue maintain their composure in the high-pressure scenario.
What did Parthiv Patel say?
He went on to explain: “In the semifinal of the 2019 World Cup, we had Dinesh Karthik bat at number five, and we had MS Dhoni bat at number seven. I can’t say for certain whether or not MS Dhoni was going to be able to win the game for you from the locker room.”
Notably, India was unable to chase down their target of 240 runs in Manchester, which resulted in a sad defeat to them at the hands of New Zealand by 18 runs. Ravindra Jadeja was India’s leading run-getter, with 77 runs off of 59 balls.
MS Dhoni also contributed by delivering a battling knock of 50. The seasoned veteran, who was not successful in guiding his team to victory, was run out in the 49th over of the run chase.
In addition, Parthiv Patel said that the previous failed campaigns that India had in ICC competitions had been caused by similar tactical blunders. On the way to the World Cup in 2019, he explained how the management had been unable to find a suitable No. 4 player.
When asked about India’s elimination from the T20 World Cup 2021 in the group stage, he responded that Yuzvendra Chahal was not selected for the team because it was decided that other players with better recent form would be more beneficial.