India vs New Zealand, semi-final World Cup 2019: It’s not fair all the time to expect MS Dhoni to come and finish the game - Sachin Tendulkar | Cricket - Hindustan Times
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India vs New Zealand, semi-final World Cup 2019: It’s not fair all the time to expect MS Dhoni to come and finish the game - Sachin Tendulkar

New Delhi | ByPTI
Jul 11, 2019 08:35 AM IST

After restricting New Zealand to a modest 239 for eight, the famed Indian top-order failed for the first time in the tournament as Virat Kohli and his men were all out for 221 in 49.3 overs.

Sachin Tendulkar Wednesday led the cricketing fraternity in lauding the fighting spirit of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, but said the Indian batting can’t always rely on the famed top-order to deliver the goods. A visibly disappointed Tendulkar said Indian batsmen made a mountain out of a mole hill during their 240-run chase. India lost the match against New Zealand by 18 runs to crash out of the World Cup.

India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni reacts at the end of play.(AFP)
India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni reacts at the end of play.(AFP)

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“I am disappointed because we should have chased 240 without any doubt. It wasn’t a big total. Yes, New Zealand got off to a dream start by picking those 3 wickets upfront,” Tendulkar said.

“But I feel that we can’t be all the time relying on Rohit (Sharma) to give a good start or Virat (Kohli) to come and make sure that a solid foundation is built. Players around them also will have to take more responsibility,” the batting maestro told ‘India Today’.

After restricting New Zealand to a modest 239 for eight, the famed Indian top-order failed for the first time in the tournament as Virat Kohli and his men were all out for 221 in 49.3 overs.In fact, at one point of time, India were completely down and out of the game after Kiwi bowlers reduced them to 92 for six.

But then, Dhoni (50) and Jadeja (77) joined hands and stitched 116 runs for the seventh wicket to keep India in the contest.

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“It’s not fair all the time to expect Dhoni to come and finish the game. He has done it time and again,” Tendulkar said.

He also lauded New Zealand’s incisive bowling display and skipper Kane Williamson’s tactical moves.

“There came a stage where New Zealand kept things simple. If you saw their fast bowlers, they didn’t try too much upfront. They just bowled in the right areas, right channels and got those wickets,” he said. “I felt Kane Williamson’s captaincy was incredible.”

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