A 33-year-old shop owner in Kolkata collapsed in his shop after Dhoni’s dismissal yesterday during a world cup match between India and New Zealand.
The deceased was identified as Srikanta Maity. He was taken to the hospital where he breathe his last.
According to reports, Mr. Srikanta was following the first semi-final of the cricket world cup on his mobile phone.
“We rushed to his help on hearing a loud thud. We saw him lying unconscious on the floor. We took him to Khanakul Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival,” Sachin Ghosh, a sweet shop-owner in the area was quoted as saying by a news agency.
Earlier, India crashed to an 18-run defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup despite a heroic 77 by Ravindra Jadeja.
The trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul flopped in a run chase of 240 as Matt Henry and Trent Boult ripped apart the Indian top order.
India were playing for a spot in their 4th World Cup final but at the end of the day, New Zealand stormed to their second successive title clash.
But Dhoni was again expected to pull off something spectacular for his team. Dhoni came to bat at number seven after the fall of Rishabh Pant’s wicket. At that time, the Men in Blue were reeling at 71/5 in 22.5 overs.
In the 31st over, Dhoni lost Hardik Pandya as his partner. Thereafter, he brought India back into the game with a partnership of 116-runs along with Jadega, who top-scored for them, having scored 77 off 59 with four boundaries and as many sixes. Even after Jadeja got out, there was still hope for Team India as the experienced Dhoni was still in the middle.
In the penultimate over, Martin Guptill pulled off a jaw-dropping run-out to send back Dhoni. After the prized wicket, the Kiwis didn’t suffer any hiccups and bowled India out for 221 in 49.3 overs.