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India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Virender Sehwag criticises India’s defensive approach against spinners

India won the toss and batted first and posted 268 on the back of half-centuries from Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

cricket Updated: Jun 28, 2019 07:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli(Action Images via Reuters)

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag was not too happy with the way the Indian batsmen handled the spinners in the match against West Indies. The batting order stalled against Afghanistan too and this did not impress the former Indian skipper who believed that the batsmen were far too defensive against the spinners.

“Rashid Khan had gone for 25 in 4 overs, gave away only 13 in his next 6 and today Fabian Allen had given 34 in 5 overs, only 18 in next 5. Can’t be so defensive against the spinners,” Sehwag tweeted.


In the ongoing match between India and West Indies, the former won the toss and opted to bat first. The Men in Blue kept on losing wickets at regular intervals which forced the team to be in a defensive mindset.

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Indians are believed to be good players against the spinners but their approach against Windies spinner Fabien Allen was a little hard to digest.

Allen conceded 34 runs from his first five overs, but in his second spell he was able to bog down the Indian batsman and he just went for 18 runs in his second spell.

The Indian team faced criticism for their approach against Afghanistan in their last match. Both Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni came under fire for not rotating the strike against Afghan spinners and just playing dot balls which resulted in the Men in Blue’s below par score against Afghanistan.

In the match between India and West Indies, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni guided India to a score of 268 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the allotted fifty overs.

Kohli played a knock of 72 runs whereas Dhoni remained unbeaten on 56. Kemar Roach took the maximum wickets for West Indies as he scalped three wickets.

If India goes on to win their match against West Indies, they will have 11 points from six points and they will most likely be through to the knock-out stage of the tournament.

(With ANI inputs)

First Published: Jun 27, 2019 19:42 IST

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