Steve Waugh says it is unfair to single out MS Dhoni for the loss against New Zealand in the semis

Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh has praised the English side for securing a spot in the finals and said that it is unfair to criticize MS Dhoni alone for the loss against New Zealand in the semis
Steve Waugh says it is unfair to single out MS Dhoni for the loss against New Zealand in the semisSteve Waugh says it is unfair to single out MS Dhoni for the loss against New Zealand in the semis
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Team India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign came to an end after they lost to New Zealand in the first semi-finals at Old Trafford, Manchester on Wednesday. While many have criticized the team management for sending MS Dhoni at number 7 and his approach during the chase, Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh has backed MS Dhoni in this regard.

He said, " I think it is pretty unfair. 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.”

MS Dhoni's partnership with Ravindra Jadeja took India within touching distance of reaching the finals after they were reduced to 5 for 3 in four overs. The duo stitched together for a 116 run partnership for the seventh wicket.

“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 also praised the English side for booking a spot in the finals after thrashing Australia in the other semi-final and backed them to win the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time.

“England played an outstanding game of one-day cricket. Australia was a little bit off and lost early wickets just like India. They were outplayed by a really strong England side who have no real weakness in their line-up. 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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