London: He has led India to three ICC trophies – ICC World Twenty20 Championship (2007), ICC World Cup (2011) and ICC Champions Trophy (2013).
And while his stock as one of the best and smartest glovesman in cricket is not under the cloud, MS Dhoni, the finisher, came under severe criticism as England beat India by 86 runs to win the second ODI and level the three-match series at Lord’s on Saturday.
While India’s ambition to chase down England’s 322-run total was dealt with a major blow as England ran through India’s top order, dismissing Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli early. Dhoni walked in the middle when India were four down and needed 183 runs to win.
While the former Indian skipper stayed in the middle till the 47th over of the Indian chase, he could only score 37 runs off 59 balls, failing to up the ante, giving India a chance to pull off a win.
On a day when he crossed the 10,000-run milestone in ODIs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was booed by the Indian supporters at the 'Home of Cricket' for his slow batting during the team's 86-run defeat against England in the second game of the three-match series.
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Dhoni was widely criticised for not showing initiative in his 37-ball 58 as India could only manage 236 in 50 overs after England posted 322 for seven.
While England's Joe Root found it "surprising", India's Yuzvendra Chahal said that he was unaware about the booing incident.
Before the start of the 46th over, the match was as good as over with 110 required off 30 balls.
However the crowd got restless when Dhoni failed to score off the first four balls of David Willey's over. There was booing after every dot ball, a rare occurrence considering the huge fan base Dhoni enjoys around the cricketing globe.
In fact at the end of the over, substitute fielders Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel came in with an energy drink and replacement bat, which on air commentators termed as a message to push things.
The teams will now head to Leeds as the series comes to a close on Tuesday....