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Engineer questions strategy

London: Former India wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer has questioned Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ploy to stand back to spinner Ravindra Jadeja during the second Test against England, at Lord’s.

“Standing back to Ravindra Jadeja didn’t make sense at all. I just couldn’t fathom why he was doing so. There were times when the other fielder behind the wickets, Virat Kohli, was standing next to Dhoni and it looked like there were two wicket-keepers in there.

“I have never seen anything like this in international cricket. It was baffling and mind-boggling. He is a far better wicket-keeper than he showed at Lord’s,” Engineer said.

After the match, Dhoni had explained this particular strategy. “Actually I wanted to have a fielder there (behind the wicket on leg-side). But according to the rules, you can’t have three fielders there…

“So I wanted Virat to stand slightly wide from where he was standing because anything like a snick or a faint edge on the leg side would have gone between us. So the plan was to stand behind and cover that,” Dhoni had said.

Engineer, however, further said: “I am a huge fan of Dhoni. He reminds me of my own playing days, my own cricket… But what would he have done if he was ’keeping to Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, who used to give the ball a rip without too much rough on the wickets? Thank God he never kept to that legendary leg-spinner.” (PTI)