Dhoni Banned For Two Matches, Virender Sehwag to lead India

Mahendra SIngh Dhoni
Mahendra SIngh Dhoni

Dhoni banned for two matches: Indian big hitter opener will be leading Indian cricket team in next two one day matches in absence of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is banned for next two matches by referee Jeffrey John Crowe because of slow over rate. It is big setback for Indian team as Indian skipper was in excellent form at present and he was giving his good contribution to the team. He played extremely well and made excellent 72 and 107 runs in last two one day played against Sri Lanka at Rajkot and Nagpur respectively. Indian team finished the second match about 45 minutes late then the scheduled time for the match because of frequent discussion between Indian players as Sri Lankan team was chasing Indian score. International Cricket Council’s match referee Jeff Crowe conducted a hearing in night and after the hearing he imposed a ban on Indian skipper for immediate two one day international matches. Rest of Indian team will also suffer match to finish late as all Indian player have been fined with 40 per cent of their match fees for second one day international played at Nagpur on December 18, 2009 which ended with Sri Lankan team win over India by 3 wickets. Jeff Crowe is New Zealand cricket team’s former manager and he had become ICC referee in year 2004. It was 114th match for him as referee. He took this decision to ban M S Dhoni for two matches because of extra time taken by Indian cricket team to finish their allotted overs in the match. According to International Cricket Council rules the captain receives two match ban in one day matches or one test match ban whichever is first while rest of players of the team are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for the first two overs and 20 percent for every additional over if they fail to finish in allotted time of match. Match referee Jeff Crowe said that Indian team bowled just eight overs in last one hour which can’t be tolerated and they were three overs short from the allotted time so he punished the captain and Indian team suitably according to ICC rules. Dhoni will be playing now only in the fifth and the last one day match of the series which will be played on December 27, 2009 in Delhi. From Sri Lankan side their all rounder Angelo Mathews will be missing all the three matches left in series as he strained his right quadriceps during his match winning inning of 37 runs unbeaten on December 18 at Nagpur.

Virendra Sehwag
Virendra Sehwag

Virender Sehwag to lead Indian team: As Indian team Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni cannot play for next match which will be played at Cuttack and Kolkata on Monday and Thursday respectively so Shewag is named for leading Indian team in these one day matches. Indian team had won first match held at Rajkot by 3 runs and had taken lead from Sri Lankan team but in the next match Sri Lankan team leveled the series by winning day night match held on December 18, 2009 at Nagpur by 3 wickets. Now both teams have won one match each in the five one day match series and both teams would like to take lead by winning the next match. Virender Sehwag is an experienced player and has ability to lead the team that’s why he is named for it but next matches will prove his ability. Indian middle order firing batsman Yuvraj Singh is also recovering from his figure injury and flu so it is not sure that he will be playing in next match or not. Indian batting line up may fall weak because of absence of Indian captain and Yuvraj Singh who are in excellent from at present.  If Indian team wants to win the match then every player will have to give their maximum contribution in the match and it will be also a big responsibility of senior players of team to tackle the conditions. Shewag failed in second one day match and just scored 4 runs off 4 balls and lost his wicket but no he will have to play his role responsibly to keep the trust of team and management which they have shown in him and gave him opportunity to lead India in such circumstances when middle order is weak. He will have to take care that he don’t make the mistake which M S Dhoni did in second one day match of slow over rate. He will also have to show the magic with his bat for the team as a captain as well as a player.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik replaces Dhoni: Batsman and wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik will be playing at the place of M S Dhoni in next two one day matches as which will be played in Cuttack on December 21 and Kolkata on December 24 as he is another wicket keeper for Indian team who has good international cricket experience. Still no announcement is made by BCCI about it but most probably he will be the man replacing Dhoni and playing role of wicket keeper for Indian team in absence of skipper. Dinesh Karthik is wicket keeper batsman from Tamil Nadu and he was also recently in T20 Indian team. Dinesh Karthik has also got a good opportunity now to sjow his skills while skipper wicket keeper is absent from the team. Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma is also recovering from swine flu and he will be replacing S. Sreesanth in next match. It will be a tough fight between two teams and both teams will put their complete effort to take the lead in series by winning the match. Indian team will also have to improve their fielding as they have shown poor fielding in last matches and they have paid for it as they lost the second match and specially when Indian middle batting order is weak it becomes more important to save more runs through their fielding efforts.

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