India’s slow batting approach against Afghanistan has got them plenty of flak. The pair of Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni was specifically targeted as it batted with too much of caution even in the business end of the innings. Dhoni batted with a strike-rate of 53.85 while Jadhav’s strike-rate was in excess of 75.

Former Indian cricketer, Krishnamachari Srikkanth has questioned India’s poor batting approach. In his column for ICC, he wrote, “The wicket was slightly slow but frankly speaking, I think India got a bit stuck in the middle overs and should have played a little bit more freely.

“They gave a little bit too much respect to Afghanistan’s spinners because while the Afghans bowled well – especially Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan – they didn’t do so well that India should have been restricted to 225. But they got the win, which was important,” he added.

Sachin had also criticized Dhoni’s batting. “MS Dhoni is a senior player and should show positive intent. Afghanistan’s bowling is good but you can’t score only 119 runs in 34 overs. He did not show any positive intent against Afghanistan. I believe MS Dhoni needs to up his ante when it comes to strike rotation in next matches,” Sachin Tendulkar said.

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