Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has always been known for his calm attitude on the field, regardless of the situation. It was something because of that he had earned the nickname ‘Captain Cool’. The Jharkhand players were shocked when their skipper Dhoni lost his temper when they lost the semi-final of Vijay Hazare Trophy.
During an interview, one of the Jharkhand players said, “We desperately wanted to make it into the final. It was Mahi Bhai's desire to win the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Our bowlers lacked consistency. You don’t expect such kind of bowling in a semifinal match.”
He further added, “Because of poor fielding and lack of consistency in bowling, they (Bengal) were able to put up 330 runs. Dhoni bhai was not pleased with that and for the first time, I saw him so upset. You don’t expect Dhoni bhai to lose his calm. He is the one who always backs us."
Both the Bengal openers Abhimanyu Easwaran (101) Shreevats Goswami (101) managed to score a century and skipper Manoj Tiwary played a fine knock of unbeaten 75 and helped their team to set a total of 330 for Dhoni & Co. A poor bowling display and even poorer fielding effort cost Jharkhand the match.
However, during Jharkhand's chase Dhoni was already upset with team’s performance, as he still believed that if he stayed in the middle he could finish off the game. He was building a good partnership with Ishank Jaggi, who has been a consistent performer for Jharkhand this of 97 runs.
Talking bout their partnership, Jaggi said, “When we both were in the middle, he was very calculative and was advising me when to go for a big hit. He knew, if he could stay until the end, he would have finished off the game in our favor. He was really upset today as it meant a lot to him and all of us.”
Pragyan Ojha got successful in getting the wicket of Dhoni and soon Jaggi was given leg-before. Soon after their dismissal Jharkhand’s hope of successfully chasing the target and reach the final had vanished. Bengal defeated them by a margin of 41 runs and Dhoni missed out on a chance to become only the second Jharkhand skipper to win the Vijay Hazare trophy.