MS Dhoni, who led India in Tuesday’s Super Four fixture against Afghanistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018, lamented the incorrect decisions made by the umpire in the course of the match which ended in a thrilling tie. Chasing 253, India were bowled out for 252 in the final over.
Needing seven off the final over, the Men in Blue had the match almost in the bag when Ravindra Jadeja (25 off 34) hit a four on the second ball. A couple of singles followed with India needing a run off two balls for a win. Jadeja, however, ended up scooping the ball for a regulation catch at midwicket, cutting short India’s joy and sending Afghanistan players into ecstasy.
During the course of the Indian innings, there were few controversial decisions which went against the defending champions. Dhoni, who was captaining India for the 200th time in an ODI, was adjudged LBW for 8 on a delivery bowled by Afghanistan spinner Javed Ahmadi. With India left without a review which was earlier used by KL Rahul, Dhoni had to walk back. However, the replays confirmed that it was indeed missing leg stumps by quite some distance.
The second controversial decision which went against India was that of Dinesh Karthik. Karthik, who was well set for 44 in the middle, was also given out LBW by the umpire in Mohammad Nabi’s over. The ball clearly looked missing the leg stump and the replays confirmed the same.
Another controversial moment came in the final over when Jadeja lofted a delivery from Rashid Khan for a boundary. After multiple replays, it was given a four, but the fans remained convinced that the all-rounder should have been awarded a six.
Speaking in the post-match presentation ceremony, Dhoni said, “Shot-selection is something that we need to work on. There were a couple of run-outs, and a few things we can’t talk about (the incorrect LBW decisions) because I don’t want to get fined for it. It’s good that it’s a tie, but they played really well,” he said.
The 37-year-old also heaped praise on Afghanistan saying, they have shown tremendous improvement. “Their (Afghanistan’s) cricket has improved a lot. The way they have continued from the start of the Asia Cup, it is commendable and we have enjoyed their cricket. It is one country that has risen through the ranks very well. They played really well. They batted extremely well too,” he said.
India will face either Pakistan or Bangladesh in the finals to be played on Friday in Dubai.