In a bid to offer chances to the players sitting at the bench, team management had taken the decision to rest some of the key players of India such as Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal in the last match of super-four clash against Afghanistan.
With Rohit Sharma rested, former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been given the opportunity to lead the side in the last game of super four-clash against Afghanistan after two years. The match against Pakistan will mark Dhoni’s 200 ODI match as captain. Moreover, the captain cool has now registered his name in the elite list of players to captain their nation in 200 or more ODI’s. Earlier, only Ricky Ponting of Australia and Stephen Fleming of New Zealand had been able to achieve the feat.
Players such as Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, and Siddarth Kaul made their way into the playing eleven against Afghanistan.
When asked about completing 200 ODI’s as captain, Dhoni tells his fans that it doesn’t really matter whether it’s 199 or 200.
“I have captained 199 ODIs, so this gives me an opportunity to make it 200. It’s all destiny and I have always believed in that. It’s not in my control, once I left captainship. Good to complete 200, but I don’t think it really matters.” Dhoni said at the toss.
Dhoni captained his side in 199 matches, prior to this match, with 110 wins and 74 losses. In T-20 Internationals captain cool has led his side in 72 matches, winning 41out of them.