Shoaib Akhtar reacts to India's loss, praises Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni

Shoaib Akhtar has praised Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni for almost scripting a miraculous victory against New Zealand in the first semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Shoaib Akhtar reacts to India's loss, praises Ravindra Jadeja and MS DhoniShoaib Akhtar reacts to India's loss, praises Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni
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Team India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign came to an end when they fell agonizingly short of New Zealand's 239. Chasing 240, the Men in Blue got to the worst start possible. Their key batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul all got out for one run each. At one stage, when the scorecard read 92 for 6, Ravindra Jadeja joined MS Dhoni. The duo stitched together for 116 run partnership to take India within touching distance of reaching the finals. However, Jadeja got out for 77 and MS Dhoni was run out by a brilliant throw from Martin Guptill as India fell short by 18 runs.

Shoaib Akhtar, who has been active on social media, heaped praise on Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni for keeping the side in the hunt. He said in his Youtube channel, " What a match. Wah, Wah, Ravindra Jadeja… very good innings. Dhoni…you are an absolute legend. With your game today, you have proved you're a great batsmen and a great brand ambassador for the team. But unfortunately, that run out changed it. A dive would have changed it. India, you were so close…yet so far."

"But hats off India. India fought back really well. You have done yourself very proud. Jadeja, you have saved the grace. It was a poor batting performance from the top five players. Rohit got a brilliant ball. However, I think Virat Kohli was unlucky as it was a poor decision to give him out. The ball was just clipping the bails and he was given out by on-field umpire. The other batsmen also did not show much intent until Jadeja came in and played superbly. And so was Dhoni who kept India in the hunt. It was unfortunate that Jadeja got out got out to a ball that he could have hit for a six. And had Dhoni dived, who knows, he wouldn't have got run-out and would have taken India across the finishing-line."

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