Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a disappointed man. World No. 1 and tournament favourites India were knocked out by West Indies in a thrilling World T20 semifinal match in Mumbai on Thursday night. West Indies play England in the final in Kolkata on April 3. (Heartbreak for India as West Indies win thriller)
Dhoni said: “It was a bad toss to lose (because of the dew). When we started bowling, the spinners did not have much on offer.” (India vs West Indies, World T20: Two No-Balls That Cost Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Men A Final Berth)
India’s main spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja failed to deliver as Lendl Simmons smashed an unbeaten 82 off 51 balls to take the Caribbeans into the final. West Indies, chasing India’s 192 for 2, won with two balls to spare.
Simmons rode his luck in his first match of the tournament. He was out twice, but alas both deliveries (by Ashwin and Hardik Pandya) were no-balls.
“We have a history of problems when the spinners bowl with a wet ball … the only thing I am really disappointed are with the two no-balls,” said Dhoni in a post-match chat.
“There was not much on offer, we wanted our fast bowlers to make a game out of it at the time, the conditions were very tough,” Dhoni said.