India were bowled out for 236 off the last ball of the match as England won by 86 runs to level the three-match series at 1-1 ahead of Tuesday’s finale at Headingley.
At times Dhoni gave the appearance of batting in the nets, but India tailender Chahal defended his approach by saying: “Because later on there were only me, Siddarth (Kaul) and Kuldeep (Yadav), so it wasn’t like two or three batsmen were remaining.
“I think throughout the series Dhoni hasn’t batted, so this was a chance to get a knock. Because if he had hit a shot and gotten out, maybe we couldn’t have batted all 50 overs.”
But given this is a bilateral series, rather than a tournament where net run-rate is in play, there was no greater direct benefit to India in losing in 50 overs than earlier in their innings.
– ‘Bad days’ –
The 37-year-old Dhoni, a veteran of 320 ODIs who effectively won the 2011 World Cup final for India against Sri Lanka in Mumbai off his own bat and India captain Virat Kohli said Saturday it was wrong for pundits to “pounce” on the former skipper and “jump to conclusions”.
“This comes up again and again when he is not able to play in the normal way he does,” Kohli said.
“It’s very unfortunate people just jump to conclusions very quickly.”
He added: “When he does well, people call him the best finisher ever and when they don’t go well, they all pounce on him.
“We all have bad days in cricket and today was a bad one for everyone, not just him.