Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar admitted that he was not happy with the way India's middle order batsmen played against Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton and felt that the batsmen lack of intent in the middle overs. However, India won by a narrow margin of 11-runs over Afghanistan in this match. The match turned around in the second innings in the favour of Afghanistan and they gave India a tough fight with their all-rounder Mohammad Nabi scoring 52 off 55 balls but the Indian pace attack led by Jasprit Bumrah fought back really well to bowl out the Afghanistan cricket team for 213. Mohammed Shami ended up with a hat-trick in the final over to seal the win for India.
Also, Dhoni who has been criticized for playing slow innings in the past was once again at the centre of trolls.
Sachin Tendulkar quotes "There were more than 2-3 dot balls. After Virat Kohli got out in the 38th over and till the 45th over we hadn't scored as many runs as required due to Kedar-Dhoni slow ongoing partnership. There were not enough outcome from the middle order batsman till now and that put pressure on them. But the intent could have been much better by the middle order batsmen, Tendulkar was quoted as saying to India Today. "I felt slightly disappointed, it could have been much better. I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni, it was very slow, he also added.
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