Dhoni delivers again

Mike Atherton hailed Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a 'remarkable cricketer' after the Indian captain led his side to ICC Champions Trophy glory on Sunday.

Last Updated: 24/06/13 at 11:08 Post Comment

India defended their total of 129-7 in a match reduced to 20 overs per side because of rain to beat England by five runs at Edgbaston as the hosts - who needed 20 to win off the last 16 balls with six wickets in the bank - collapsed with victory in their grasp.

"After an iffy start, England got into a great position in the 18th over where you really felt it was their game to lose," reflected Athers.

"Having said that, it was a performance of great heart and skill by India in the way they fielded and the way their spinners bowled to defend 129.

"You could disagree with a lot of the things that Dhoni did as captain but he was always inventive and he was always on the attack.

"He's a remarkable cricketer when you think about all of the world titles that he's won now - 20-over tournament, Champions Trophy, World Cup and his side was the best Test side in the world for a short time with him at the helm. So that's a remarkable record."

Pressure

Slow bowlers Ravindra Jadeja (2-24) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-15) turned the screw on England, while seamer Ishant Sharma picked up the wickets of Eoin Morgan (33) and Ravi Bopara (30) in successive balls after the pair had come together with England on 46-4.

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain said the double strike proved decisive but believes that England's failings against spin remain one of their biggest weaknesses.

"I still think spin is a nemesis for England," said Hussain. "Alastair Cook said after the match that it was a spinning pitch - and it did spin a lot - but you've still got to find a way to get the job done.

"You know when you are playing against India at Edgbaston nowadays that it is going to turn and Jadeja and Ashwin strangled England in those middle overs.

"England needed a good start so that the likes of Cook and Ian Bell were in and 15-20 not out when the spinners came on but they never got any momentum.

"They were frenetic and the pressure and atmosphere of this place got to them until that partnership between Bopara and Morgan."

Watch the first Twenty20 international between England and New Zealand live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 6pm on Tuesday.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Transfer news: Samuel Eto'o leaves Everton for Sampdoria on free transfer

Samuel Eto'o has completed his free transfer from Everton to Sampdoria on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Premier League: Stoke striker Bojan will miss remainder of the season through injury

Stoke forward Bojan will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a knee ligament injury against Rochdale.

Sky sources: Football Association to endorse Prince Ali's bid for FIFA presidency

Sky sources understand the Football Association will back Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's bid to become FIFA president.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company