‘Dhoni was unfairly given Man of The Match award ahead of me’: Ex-Pakistan cricketer recalls injustice

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More than a decade has handed for the reason that pivotal match, and now Pakistani cricketer Saeed Ajmal has resurfaced with a fervent declaration that he was unjustly denied the title of Man of the Match within the third ODI between India and Pakistan, held in January 2013. 

During that point, MS Dhoni held the esteemed place of captain for the Indian cricket group. Unfortunately, the Men in Blue had suffered defeat within the first two ODIs of the three-match sequence, leaving them determined to keep away from a whitewash as they entered the third and ultimate ODI in Delhi.

After successful the toss, MS Dhoni elected for India to bat first. Despite the difficult circumstances, the group managed to put up a complete of 167 runs in 43.4 overs. Notably, it was MS Dhoni himself who emerged as the highest scorer with 36 runs, intently adopted by Suresh Raina with 31 runs and Ravindra Jadeja with 27 runs. Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan proved to be a formidable opponent, claiming a formidable 5/24.

In response, the Indian group showcased their prowess within the discipline. Ishant Sharma, along with his distinctive abilities, secured three essential wickets, whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar and R Ashwin every contributed two wickets. Pakistan’s batting lineup crumbled underneath the strain, finally falling brief at 157 runs. Captain Misbah Ul Haq fought valiantly, scoring 39 runs, and Nasir Jamshed added 34 runs to the tally.

Despite Ajmal’s five-wicket haul, MS Dhoni was named the Player of the Match.

Saeed Ajmal expressed his discontent with what he perceived as unjust therapy. He believed that Dhoni didn’t need to obtain the Player of the Match award on this explicit recreation. Ajmal argued that he ought to have been the rightful recipient of the accolade on account of his spectacular efficiency of taking 5 wickets.

“I feel it was my unhealthy luck. I bowled India out for 175 within the third ODI – it was the one sequence I performed in India. We received the primary two matches and I bowled outstandingly properly in each. In the third ODI, I bought 5 wickets which continues to be my finest ODI figures. What is 175? But MS Dhoni, for scoring some 18 runs and dropping two catches, took away the Man of the Match award. It’s unfair.

What is the which means of a Man of the Match? An individual who has the most effective efficiency in a recreation ought to win it, proper? But since India received the match, they gave Man of the Match award to Dhoni for dropping a catch,” Ajmal stated on The Nadir Ali podcast.

Remembering one other match, Saeed Ajmal stated, “Even against South Africa, I once dismissed four batsmen. I may not have won a Man of the Match award, but I certainly won the Player of the Series award in ODIs. I dismissed Hashim Amla in the last over when SA needed ten runs to win in 12 balls. I got him out second last. It was the first-ever Pakistan team that won an ODI series in South Africa. In every match, I gave match-winning performances during that tour and still didn’t win a single Man of The Match award”.

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Nilesh Desai
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