England star all-rounder Ben Stokes questioned India's strategy when chasing runs in a match against his team at the World Cup last year. Stokes said that he found Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli 's partnership 'mysterious' while Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not show passion.
Stokes termed Indian captain Kohli's complaint of 59 meters boundary line as 'frustration'. In this match played in Birmingham, England won by 31 runs after scoring 337 runs for 7 wickets. Stokes has mentioned this match of the World Cup in his new book 'On Fire'.
He said, 'When Dhoni came to bat, the Indian team needed 112 runs in 11 overs and he batted strangely. He was eager to take a run more than sending the ball across the boundary. The Indian team could also win in the last 12 balls.
Stokes said, "In the partnership between Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, there was little or no desire for victory. I think he could have scored if he had batted a lot. He said that England's dressing room felt that Dhoni wanted to take the match to the last over. He remained unbeaten in this match scoring 42 off 31 balls but most of the runs came in the last over when the match was almost out of India's hands.
Stokes said, 'It was being discussed in our dressing room that this is the way Dhoni played. Even if the Indian team does not win the match, their net run rate should be maintained.
New England bowlers Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer bowled tightly to Rohit and Kohli, who conceded nearly 27 overs for a 138-run partnership. He said, 'The way Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were playing was like a mystery. I know we bowled brilliantly during this period, but the way he batted, it looked absolutely bizarre.