The recently concluded India vs Afghanistan match was one of the best ODI matches we have witnessed in the recent past. For starters, the fans were in for the biggest surprise. While it was toss time in Dubai and everyone was expecting Rohit Sharma to come out for the toss along with Asghar Afghan, instead came out Mahendra Singh Dhoni in place of the former.
His fans were in a mood to do double cart-wheels in their backyard as Dhoni was about to captain India for the 200th time. When asked at the toss how he felt about it, the wicket-keeper batsman was at his usual self, making no big deal about by playing it down.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known as ‘Captain Cool’ for a reason as unlike most of us, he never loses it. He is always very calm about the situation whatever it might be.
Having said that, something different happened yesterday which is exactly why we decided to cover this. While Afghanistan was batting and Kuldeep Yadav was in action, the chinaman bowler urged his captain to change the field. This left Dhoni completely furious and immediately responded by asking him, “Bowling Karega ya bowler change karein?”
For our International viewers, he basically took an indirect dig at Yadav and asked him if he wants to continue to bowl or should he even change the bowler? No, it wasn’t the only time Dhoni lost his cool as during the middle overs there was an overthrow by Dinesh Karthik who in return received a death-stare from Dhoni who certainly wasn’t too happy by India conceding extra runs via over-throws.
In the end, it was a perfect exhibition of ODI cricket from both the sides. Yes, India might not have been playing their strongest team but it was ‘Team India’ irrespective and the Giant Killers certainly fought fire with fire against the Dhoni Amry. There is a winner and there is a loser like there mostly has been in sport but rarely a cricket match is tied and when it is, it clearly indicates the quality of cricket both sides displayed. Meanwhile, here is the video.