London: 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. Dhoni was widely criticised for not showing initiative in his 59-ball 37 as India could only manage 236 in 50 overs after England posted 322 for seven. 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.
Captain comes out in defence
This thing (Dhoni’s finishing) comes up again and again when he’s not able to play the way he does. It’s unfortunate that people jump to conclusions quickly. When he does well, people call him the best finisher ever, and when things do not go well, people pounce on him. Virat Kohli, India captain