Indvsnz 2nd Odi: Ms Dhoni: We Lost A Wicket Whenever I Wanted To Hit

After losing Test Series and the first ODI, Kane Williamson Led New Zealand team bounce back in the game and register their first victory by 6 runs in the second ODI to level the 5-match ODI Series 1-1 against India at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi on Thursday.

On Thursday, Indian Skipper MS Dhoni said that whenever he thinking of going faster to the score, a wicket fell from the other end which interrupted the speed of scoring runs during the get-table pursuit.

Dhoni said during the post-match conference, “I wanted to bat up and play a few more strokes. But it’s not an easy thing when you are batting and if people keep losing their wickets at the other end. You wanted to play big shots but if at that point you lose a wicket, you have to again build partnerships. Ultimately you have to chase down what the opposition has scored.”

He stated, “It’s not about one batsman, may be if everyone would have done 10 percent more.” Mahi also explained, “When you are chasing 310, you have a different mindset but if it’s 240-245 on a slightly difficult track, it is different.”

Dhoni said that the Kotla track was best to bat in the afternoon, he said, “What happened was as the game progressed, the wicket got slightly slower. It was best to bat during day time. There was a variable bounce. When you lose one or two wickets, you have to build partnerships and it slows you down.”

Even though India lost the match, but Dhoni is happy that his team achieved whatever. He added, “It was a par score. Had any of the batsmen batted 15 minutes more, we would have won the game. Initially, also, it was slightly difficult to contain. We also dropped two catches of Williamson. Overall, I was happy with 243, something we could have achieved.”
Dhoni said about Hardik Pandya, who was not finishing the game, “In these situations, even the last ball counts. It’s always a good exposure when you are put under the pump. It always teaches you a lot. May be that shot (one he got out) had gone over point, it would have been different. He will learn whether to finish early or keep it till last over as he will either have a batsman or a tail ender with him.”