‘Rahane Was Supposed To Open’, Says Dhoni After Kolkata Washout
The umpires and the wet outfield at the Eden Gardens kept the teams and the fans waiting for three whole hours before finally abandoning play in the third and final T20 between India and South Africa.
The Proteas clinched the series 2-0.
The umpire duo of Anil Chaudhary and Vineet Kulkarni first inspected the ground at 7.30 pm and it seemed that they were particularly unhappy with the practice pitch areas as the groundsmen were pressed into action with three super soppers. The inspection was re-scheduled one more time at 8:30 before the umpires finally broke the news to the fans around 10 pm.
Speaking at the post match presentation, Indian skipper MS Dhoni hinted that the team had planned to go in for the dead rubber with a few changes. A little prodding from Sanjay Manjrekar and it was revealed that Ajinkya Rahane would have finally gotten a game today. The management has faced criticism in the past week for leaving out the Mumbai batsman, specially after Shikhar Dhawan has failed to make an impact after returning from an injury during the Sri Lanka test series.
We wanted to make a few changes in the side, wanted to change the batting order. Jinks was supposed to open, Raina to bat at number 3 and Amit Mishra would’ve played. Binny would’ve played too. See what really would have been best for us.
– MS Dhoni on Star Sports
Speaking to the media after the match, Indian Team Director Ravi Shastri blamed the 2-0 series loss to India not playing enough T2O matches. India lost the first T20 in Dharamsala despite putting up 199, while in Cuttack they recorded their lowest total at home to lose the match by 6 wickets.
First one was close, in the second game we’re outplayed. I don’t want to give any excuses. As a unit we have played very little T20 cricket in bilateral series.
– Ravi Shastri, Team Director
“I’m disappointed with the result as anybody would be. We play to win. But it’s not that it will give me sleepless nights. It has taught me a lot as well going forward into the World Twenty20,” Shastri added.