Mahendra Singh Dhoni Leads "Men in Blue" to Eighth Straight Win

Siddharth GaneshCorrespondent IApril 3, 2017

Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Team India to their eighth straight One Day International win. India, powered by Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh, completely obliterated Sri Lanka by 147 runs.

The victory places Dhoni alongside Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid as India captains with the most successive ODI wins.

An awesome batting display was backed by really good spin bowling. Pragyan Ojha was quite impressive—Chamara Kapugedera's wicket was an absolute gem. Sehwag bowled well and Praveen Kumar got the all-important wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya.

The greatest thing about India's recent victories is that they have not been dependent upon one or two players. They are playing as a team and each member is playing a well-defined role.

I'm sure that there'll be lots written about how well India has played recently. Let me be the devil's advocate and point out a couple of areas where I think India can improve based on today's performance.


No. 1

The fielding was appalling many times—call it complacency, blame it on the dew, or whatever. It was obvious that India did not show enough commitment in the field. 

There were too many fumbles and lapses. Yusuf Pathan comes to mind when I think about these errors. Ojha, standing at mid-on, struggled big time and was unable to handle awkward bounces. I was very disappointed with his fielding efforts.

There were many singles too easily stolen. I don't think having a huge lead gives a team the license to chill out in the field. Incidentally, Sehwag was run out by Jayasuriya's sharp throw from mid-off. 

I'm sure former batsman Robin Singh would have taken plenty of notes. At times, the fielding looked amateurish. The screws have to be really tightened in this area.


No. 2

Ishant Sharma had a really bad day. He was competing with Farveez Maharoof in not bowling to the field. Zaheer Khan bowled well in patches.

Dhoni has explicitly mentioned that while they're not looking at a ninth straight win, the untried players of the team would be given a chance.

I'd love to see Rohit Sharma grabbing the opportunity and showing some of the class that was on display in Oz. I am looking forward to Lakshmipathy Balaji's return, and I will be watching Ravindra Jadeja keenly.   


On a slightly unrelated note, Sachin Tendulkar might have set a record himself. I think he might be the only batsman to be wrongly given out three LBWs three times in successive matches!