Indian fans turn on MS Dhoni after shock loss at SCG

MS Dhoni has been slammed by his own countrymen despite scoring a half-century in the first ODI against Australia.

Dhoni peeled off 51 in a 137-run partnership with Rohit Sharma on Saturday night, and was only dismissed when he was on the receiving end of a horror lbw decision.

However his 51 came off 96 balls, and fans were left fuming that he’d chewed up so many deliveries when the tourists were behind the eight-ball.

MS Dhoni in action. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Dhoni’s inclusion in the team came at the expense of exciting youngster Rishabh Pant, who was India’s second-highest scorer in the Test series.

India fans have flocked to social media to call for Dhoni’s dumping and Pant’s promotion.

Sharma goes in to bat for Dhoni

However Sharma, who scored a brilliant 133 off 129 balls, rejected criticism of Dhoni’s strike-rate of 53.1, suggesting the former skipper was worthy of a promotion up the order.

“I personally always feel that Dhoni batting at No.4 will be ideal for the team,” he said.

“But we have got Rayudu, who has done really well now at No.4.

“It totally depends on what the captain and coach think about it.

“I would be happy if Dhoni bats at No.4.”

India will mull Dhoni’s best fit in the batting order, as well as how best to use the Decision Review System (DRS) as they seek to bounce back from the shock loss.

The tourists, widely considered the greatest threat to England’s hopes of World Cup victory on home soil later this year, crashed to a 34-run loss in Saturday’s series opener at the SCG.

The series continues at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday, leaving India little time to address what went wrong in Sydney.

with AAP