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Former captain Dhoni booed by Indian Fans at Lord’s as India loses to England

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On a day when he crossed the 10,000-run milestone in ODIs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was booed by the Indian supporters at the ‘Home of Cricket’ for his slow batting during the team’s 86-run defeat against England in the second game of the three-match series.

Dhoni was widely criticised for not showing initiative in his 37-ball 58 as India could only manage 236 in 50 overs after England posted 322 for seven.

While England’s Joe Root found it “surprising”, India’s Yuzvendra Chahal said that he was unaware about the booing incident.

Before the start of the 46th over, the match was as good as over with 110 required off 30 balls.

However the crowd got restless when Dhoni failed to score off the first four balls of David Willey’s over. There was booing after every dot ball, a rare occurrence considering the huge fan base Dhoni enjoys around the cricketing globe.

When Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of Kohli’s wicket, India needed 183 runs in 23 overs and the required run rate was just under 8.

However, the picture completely changed in the next 20 overs and eventually India lost by 86 runs while England levelled the three-match ODI series 1-1.

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