Steve Waugh backs MS Dhoni, says he should not be targeted for India's semis loss in World Cup 2019

Dhoni had been criticized for not accelerating in the end against New Zealand in the semis of the World Cup 2019, but Waugh thought it was unfair to single Dhoni out
Steve Waugh backs MS Dhoni, says he should not be targeted for India's semis loss in World Cup 2019Steve Waugh backs MS Dhoni, says he should not be targeted for India's semis loss in World Cup 2019
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Steve Waugh has come out hard at MS Dhoni's critics after India lost the semi-final of the World Cup 2019 against New Zealand by 18 runs, saying that the Men in Blue would not have come near the target if not for Dhoni's presence at the crease. 

Hailing Dhoni's ability to stay calm under pressure, Waugh went on to elaborate why criticizing the former skipper was unfair. 

“I think it is pretty unfair.,” Waugh told ANI. “MS Dhoni has won so many games to India and he has played in the same way over the long period of time. He can get you in a situation that can give you a chance to win the game and without him, there would not be a chance to win a game.”

“Of course, you are not going to win every time. The other day, he was a couple of inches away from being home for the second run. He may have still won that game. I know how hard it is to win a one-day game while chasing and he has done better than anyone in the history of the game,” added Waugh.

India had been reduced to 92 for 6 chasing 240 after a brilliant bowling spell from Matt Henry and Trent Boult sent the top-order packing. Dhoni then got together with Ravindra Jadeja and took the side close, only to agonizingly fall 18 runs short. 

“I expected India to chase down 240 but there was great bowling from Henry and Boult up front, three early wickets. Due to pressure in big game situations, it is hard to chase runs. India will be no doubt disappointed. They would have expected to make 240,” he said.

New Zealand will now take on England in the finals at Lord's on Sunday, and Waugh backed the hosts to win the title. 

“I cannot really get past England but I would not be surprised if New Zealand played really well. But England, on their current form and momentum, just feels like it is their time,” he said.

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