Former Indian off spinner, Bishan Singh Bedi has questioned the BCCI for resting MS Dhoni for the final two ODIs against Australia. The series is at level by 2-2, with Australia chasing down a mammoth 358 in the latest ODI at Mohali with 3 overs to spare.
Ashton Turner turned the game over its head, by smashing a scintillating 84 of 49 deliveries. But had the 21 year old Rishabh Pant stumped Turner on Chahal’s over, the outcome would have possibly been different.
As a result of Pant missing the opportunity, the entire stadium was caught in the echos of chanting “Dhoni Dhoni,” which even Bishan Singh Bedi agrees to as India square off against the Aussies in the deciding game at Delhi.
"I am nobody to comment but we all are wondering that why Dhoni is being rested and his absence was felt yesterday, behind the stumps, with the bat and on field also. He is almost half a captain," Bedi was quoted saying.
"Dhoni is not getting any younger, he is no spring chicken either but the team needs him. He has a calming influence on the side. The captain needs him by his side, he is visibly rough without him. It is not a good sign," said the 72-year-old.
"I would personally like them to live in the present. World Cup is still two and a half months away. Just play the game. For World Cup, we have been experimenting in the last one year and I am not happy with that at all," he said.
The former cricketer also showed concern for the Indian players as the twelfth edition of the IPL edges closer, which can turn out the injure some key players before the ICC Cricket World Cup
"Anyone of them can get injured during the IPL. You can't expect them to not give 100 percent while playing for their respective franchisees," Bishan Singh Bedi added.
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