After India lose the ODI series against England, it was former India opener Virender Sehwag who criticised the batting side for the loss of the match. It was for the first time England team won a ODI series against India since 2011 after showing a great performance and wiining the match by 8 wickets at Headingley.
After restricting India to 256-8, England's Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan partnership for an unbeaten 186 runs led the team to win with 33 balls to spare and clinch the three-match series 2-1.
In an exclusive interview with IndiaTV, Sehwag said India lost the series because they 'didn't score enough runs' and the batsmen should have performed well. "India lost because they didn't score runs. They were 30-40 runs short of putting up a challenging total. The batsmen could have done a better job, be it anyone, Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit or Dhawan, either should have hung on to score runs so that the bowlers could apply pressure in the chase. Bhuvneshwar's injury was still obvious when he was on field. Root and Morgan managed to negate Kuldeep this time. I blame the batsmen for this loss," Sehwag told IndiaTV.
Sehwag was blamed the former captain MS Dhoni's performance in the series-decider. "If Karthik and Dhoni could have hung on till the end, the outcome could have been very different. I feel that Dhoni is not the same person that he was before. Age is surely catching up. He used to take the responsibility to take the match till the end. He could have converted the many dot balls he played into runs," Sehwag said. Sehwag felt that Kohli would be blamed for his decision of experimenting with the squad inn the decider match of the series. "Earlier Virat said that he would experiment with the team and by dropping KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav, it seemed highly unfair. If it worked out, they would have been praised, but since they lost, Kohli will surely be criticised for the changes in the team."
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