The first T20 International between India and Australia played at Vizag turned out to be a cracker of a match with Australia winning the game on the last ball to beat India by 3 wickets in a nail biting finish. Batting first in the match, India could only manage a total of 126 on the board, thanks to some tight bowling by Australians and poor shot selection by Indian batsmen. KL Rahul top scored for India with 50 but it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 29 not out that has become the most talked about innings and the former Indian captain is being trolled on Twitter for his innings despite Dhoni's 29 helping India to reach a fighting total and his runs proving crucial at the end. India vs Australia 1st T20I: Australia Win on Last Ball Despite Jasprit Bumrah's Heroics at Vizag, Nathan Coulter-Nile Wins Man of the Match.
MS Dhoni faced 37 deliveries to score 29 not out and had come to bat in the ninth over after Rishabh Pant's dismissal. However, Dhoni soon started running out of partners which prompted him to reject singles towards the end of the innings while he was batting with Yuzvendra Chahal. India vs Australia, 1st T20 2019 Highlights: Glenn Maxwell 50 Helps Visitors Take the Low Scoring Game to Finishing Line.
But Twitter can be an unforgiving world and Dhoni is getting trolled for what the netizens are calling a slow innings.
Read the Tweets Below:
Two players perform as per expectations these days.
Dhoni will give you dots, Umesh won't.
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) February 24, 2019
Fans are pointing out the rejected singles now:
Let's not forget the 10+ runs which Dhoni let off by not running, and not hitting big ones either. #IndvsAus
— Venkataraman (@venky88) February 24, 2019
Some want him to retire:
Dhoni! Please retire or call in sick we don't want you in that flight to England for world cup. Please dont ruin all the good memories of past. #INDvAUS
— Vikash Kumar (@vikashkmr138) February 24, 2019
A few tongue-in-cheek comments:
Umesh Yadav pulling off what Gautam Gambhir could never do. Stealing the credit from MD Dhoni.
— rohitswarrior1 (@The_Sleigher) February 24, 2019
Ideally Dhoni should be sitting in his apartment's park discussing politics with retired uncles of his colony instead of being in the playing eleven.#INDvAUS
— Mansi (@wtfmansi) February 24, 2019
— Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) February 24, 2019
For Australia, Glenn Maxwell played a crucial knock of 56. Darcy Shot scored an important 36, but his run out left the game open. India made a strong comeback thanks to some superb bowling by Bumrah in the depth overs. Finally, India was left to defend 14 runs in the last over bowled by Umesh Yadav. Australia stole a double on the last ball to win the game.
Indian captain Virat Kohli, speaking at the post match presentation, said that he was proud of the bowlers effort. He also added that 150 would have been a winning total on this ground. The Indian captain called Australia a better side on the day and said they deserved to win.