Dhoni loses calm after Jharkhand’s semi-final loss to Bengal in Vijay Hazare Trophy

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Dhoni loses calm after Jharkhand’s semi-final loss to Bengal in Vijay Hazare Trophy

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SportsCafe Desk

03/19/2017

MS Dhoni has lost his cool and was upset on Jharkhand players for their lacklustre bowling display in the Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-final match against Bengal, which cost them a place in the final. In the game, Dhoni scored a 62-ball 70 but failed to take his team past the finishing line.

During his captaincy reign, Dhoni's greatest attribute has been his ability to stay calm under the toughest of situations which have earned him the moniker "Captain Cool". But Dhoni lost his "cool" on his Jharkhand teammates after the team failed to qualify for the finals.

One of the team members told the Indian Express, "We desperately wanted to make it to the finals. It was Mahi bhai's desire to win the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Our bowlers lacked consistency. You don't expect such kind of bowling in a semifinal match." 

"Because of poor fielding and lack of consistency in bowling, they(Bengal) were able to put up 330 runs. Dhoni bhai was not pleased with that and for the first time I saw him so upset. You don't expect Dhoni bhai to lose his calm. He is the one who backs us." 

Bengal's splendid batting display helped them put up a mammoth total of 330 runs thanks to the centuries by their openers- Abhimanyu Easwaran(101) and Shreevats Goswami(101). Captain Manoj Tiwary, too, joined the action and helped his team with a valuable cameo. The inconsistent bowling and lousy fielding of the Jharkhand players helped Bengal book a place in the final.

Jharkhand lost three early wickets which made the things difficult for the middle-order. Dhoni got support from Saurabh Tiwary and the duo added 53 runs to the total before Tiwary was bowled out by Ashok Dinda. Dhoni, though, played a fast-paced innings with Ishank Jaggi to add 97 quick runs for the fifth wicket when the required run rate was surging over 10. 

"When we both were in the middle, he was very calculative and was advising me when to go for a big hit. He knew, if he could stay till the end, he would have finished off the game in our favor. He was really upset today as it meant a lot to him and all of us" said Jaggi.

Pragyan Ojha gifted Bengal with the much important breakthrough by bowling Dhoni out and crushing Jharkhand's chances of making it to the finals and in the process, Dhoni missed out his chance of becoming only the second Jharkhand captain to lead the team to victory in the tournament. 

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