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Shastri defends the decision to hold Dhoni back

Shastri defends the decision to hold Dhoni back

The Indian cricket team fell short of winning its 3rd 50-overs World Cup after it lost the semi final of the tournament against New Zealand a couple of days ago. The blue shirts were blown away by the Black Caps pacers who never let them get close to the required rate.

The Indian team management faced heavy criticism from experts and fans after MS Dhoni was sent to bat quite late in the innings when he should have been in before some of the younger players.

Head coach Ravi Shastri has opened up about the semi-final defeat as he has defended the decision to hold the experienced Dhoni back by saying that the whole team wanted to send the experienced batsman late in the innings, so he could play the role of the finisher which he usually does.

“It was a team decision. Everyone was in with it – and it was a simple decision, too. The last thing you wanted was Dhoni coming out to bat early and getting out – that would have killed the chase. We needed his experience later. He is the greatest finisher of all times – and it would have been criminal to not make use of him in that way. The whole team was clear on it,” said Shastri.