When MS Dhoni was furious with Manish Pandey during 98-run stand vs South Africa

first_imgMS Dhoni and Manish Pandey shared a whirlwind unbroken 98-run stand for India in the second T20 International against South Africa and helped the tourists reach 188/4 off their 20 overs despite a rare top order failure.However, wet conditions at Centurion’s SuperSport Park favoured South Africa, who romped home with six wickets and eight balls to spare.Despite the defeat, the Indian team management would have been happy to see the middle-order, hardly tested under pressure, deliver and get the bulk of the runs.While Pandey remained unbeaten on 79, Dhoni smashed 52 not out off 28 balls.Undoubtedly, any batting partnership with Dhoni is a huge learning curve for any batsman but Pandey, determined to cement his place in India’s limited-overs sides, found out it was important to always stay focussed when you are batting with Dhoni, who likes to run hard between the wickets.Known for his agility, speed and game awareness, Dhoni, usually calm on the field, does not take kindly to any kind of laxity from his colleagues.He has often been heard asking his teammates to buck up on the stump microphone. However, Pandey had something else coming to him when he did not bother to turn back at his senior partner after completing a run in the last over.In the first ball of the 19th over, Pandey got a single off Dane Paterson but Dhoni thought there was another run to be had. He called for a second but Pandey was not paying heed to the former captain’s call.advertisementAnd then Dhoni lashed out angrily at Pandey for watching the ball instead of looking at his partner.Dhoni is not happy with Manish pandey.. pic.twitter.com/Cr0vpVzUNcjinen doshi (@jinendoshi) February 21, 2018In the very next delivery, Dhoni played a breathtaking stroke to hit Patterson for a six. Two more boundaries followed before Dhoni ran two to complete only his second T20 International fifty.Pandey, speaking to the media later, heaped praise on Dhoni for his stunning knock.”Mahi just woke up,” Pandey laughed during the post-match press-conference. “That was his chance. He is the best when he bats lower down the order. He takes a couple of overs, looks to dominate and that’s what happened.”last_img read more