"Lucky enough to get a direct hit from out there" - New Zealand's @Martyguptill on his ⚡ ️throw to dismiss MS Dhoni in the #CWC19 semi-final against India. India had tried several batsmen in that slot in the last one year but no one was given confidence to establish himself. He said the Cricket World Cup is like a festival for bookies and feels that the illegal betting will not end any time soon.
Dhoni had come out to bat in the 23rd over with India reeling at 71 for 5 and then added 116 runs for the seventh wicket with Ravindra Jadeja to nearly turn the game in India's favour.
Rayudu was named a reserve in the World Cup-bound team but wasn't called even after injury setbacks, something that prompted him to retire from all cricket.
The team management is likely to be asked as to why Dhoni was sent at number seven after the team had been reduced to 5/3 in a chase of 240.
Overlooked twice, Rayudu chose to retire from all forms of cricket on July 3.
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The No.4 batting position in the Indian unit was a bone of contention before the team had gotten underway to play the World Cup and nearly a month and a half later, the answers to the No.4 conundrum remains unanswered.
"The team management should have groomed someone". If you look at the statistics closely, it will not take you much time to realise the face that the Men In Blue does not have a good record in ICC knockouts since 2014.
Yograj also blamed Dhoni for Ambati Rayudu's retirement from worldwide cricket.
Team India head coach Ravi Shastri explained that the team needed Dhoni's experience lower down the order which is why he was sent in after Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya. Off late, we know Yuvraj Singh's father Yograj Raj leaves no stones upturned blaming Dhoni commenting bad over him. "If they lose then they are back to being one of the other teams that didn't quite make it", said Waugh, asserting, "But they have the potential to be a great one-day team". It is unfortunate how they dealt with the whole situation.
"In hindsight, yes, we did need a solid batsman out there in the middle order". While Rayudu hasn't said anything about his retirement or his tweet, Indian legend Yuvraj Singh has spoken on the matter.