India vs New Zealand: Did umpiring blunder cost Dhoni his wicket and India the World Cup? Fans fume over graphic
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: After Ravindra Jadeja, with his 'bits and pieces' skills, brought back India out of the dead with his fiery 77 off 59, hopes of millions of fans were on Mahendra Singh Dhoni to get Men in Blue to the victory stand, as he has done several times in the past too.
But, it was a moment that broke the hearts of all cricket fans -- a direct throw by Martin Guptill which hit the stumps was the final nail in the coffin. Ironically, a man who is so good between the stumps, had to fall to a run out.
However, now it has emerged that the brilliant piece of fielding by the Kiwis may have been assisted by an umpiring misplay too.
Lurching at 24 for four wickets at one time, India needed 25 runs off 10 balls with Dhoni batting on 49. He played the ball on the leg side and dashed for a quick double as he Dhoni needed to be on strike to keep the hopes of victory alive.
While he completed the first run, he could not make it to the crease while taking the second. Martin Guptill’s well-aimed throw uprooted the stumps at the wicket-keeper’s end as Dhoni fell short by a few inches.
With Dhoni gone, India’s hopes were dashed and the fantastic World Cup campaign for the Men in Blue came to an end with a 18-run defeat at the hands of the Black Caps.
However, now a video has emerged on Twitter which has led to a massive debate on the legality of the delivery on which Dhoni departed and also about what might have turned the match in India’s favour had Dhoni been there on the ground.
The video shows a graphic that appeared on the television screens just before the ball was bowled. The graphic shows six Kiwi fielders were outside the inner circle, which is one more than what was allowed at that time.
As it was the third power-play, only five fielders can be outside of the 30-yard circle.
The video has led to rage among the fans, who have not only slammed the umpires for failing to spot the error, but have also accused the New Zealand of using devious methods to win the match.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the video:
Dhoni scored 50 off 72 balls in India's 18 run defeat at the hands of Black Caps and the skipper once again came to veteran's defence on his slow approach during the middle overs.
Asked if Dhoni has said anything about his future plans, with squad for the West Indies tour to be announced soon, Kohli said,"No he hasn't told us anything as of now."
Dhoni, coming in to bat at 71 for 5, it was not easy to accelerate straightaway and it needed a rebuilding which he did alongside Ravindra Jadeja.
"I think Dhoni had to hold the innings from one end and allow Jadeja to play freely. He batted in the right way. He has been given a specific role as per the team situation and he played accordingly. They had a 100 run partnership from that situation," Kohli defended the former skipper.
The skipper also feels that it is "very easy to criticize sitting from outside".
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