Dhoni comments on the ‘Ugly side of cricket’

London: Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, said that the ‘ugly side of cricket’ came forward as the team that had the upper hand ‘did not want to play’. He was upset after rains forced a tie in the fourth ODI against England.

“We just saw the ugly side of cricket. Whichever team has the upper hand doesn’t want to play. Whichever team is not on winning side will stick around and even play football. That’s what people do and that’s what both sides did,” Dhoni said.

India had set England an impressive target of 281 in Sunday’s match. But the rain interrupted and led to a tie with England at the Duckworth-Lewis par score of 270 for eight.

The match saw three interruptions. Initially, when England was ahead and next time when the Indians were ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis rule.

The intervening showers stopped 10 minutes after the proceedings ended but the rules did not permit the game to be continued under lights.

“Once inside the dressing room, we saw the final sheet of paper. After looking at it, it was apparent it was a tie and none of the side had won the game,” Dhoni commented.