India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a match-winning 224 in the Chennai Test. He hit the three winning fours at Mohali too. In between, he has also managed to inflict the first 3-0 defeat the Australian Test team in a long time.
So it’s hard not to give him credit where it’s due. But then again, it’s hard to not notice his baffling tactics are skipper.
He didn’t bowl Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took the first three wickets to fall in the Australian second innings, for much of Day 5, there was a fielder on the boundary line for Australia’s number 11, Xavier Doherty, there were no close-in fielders for Starc when the pacemen were bowling and he even had fielders on the boundary line at the start of the innings.
Combine all this with the slow approach of the Indian batsmen after Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay had flattened the Aussies with an amazing partnership and India almost found a way to gift the Aussies a draw.
Dhoni has often been criticised for his defensive tactics and Mohali was another case in point. Indeed, at one point, you were left wondering whether India was going for a win or a draw.
Watch to the discussion between Ayaz Memon and Ashish Magotra to find out whether his tactics were justified.