MS Dhoni on criticism: Everybody has views and it should be respected

13 November, 2017, 05:14 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a man of exemplary courage and resilience.

Dhoni, who burst onto the cricket scene with the now-famous helicopter shot, revealed where and how he learnt that trademark shot. However, the former Indian captain remained unaffected by the voices and continued his brilliance behind the wickets in the final T20 encounter in Trivandrum. Following the formers cricketers Ajit Agarkar, VVS Laxman and Aakash Chopra's opinion that Dhoni should be replaced by a young player, many joined the wrangle. Now Dhoni himself has reacted to criticism coming his way.

"Everybody has views in life and it should be respected", Dhoni was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times. His game has changed with increasing age, but the motivation to play for India has remained intact. Such things are possible for Dhoni and those are the things that made him a stand-out all the way. "Everybody doesn't play for the country". "The biggest motivation is being part of the Indian cricket team". Following the lead, Indian team's captain, Virat Kohli also defended his predecessor's fitness and ability. "I don't understand why people are pointing him out". He is correct he is not questioned even if he fails in three matches in a row because he is not 35 whereas afer only one failure they say Dhoni's time is up! He is contributing to the team in every tactical way on the field. "With the bat, he did really well against Sri Lanka (away series) and Australia", he reminded everyone, he had told the media in a press conference after Mahi was subjected to intense scrutiny by a few retired cricketers.

However, Kapil also feels that there might not be a capable replacement for Dhoni in case he is removed from the India team. Earlier during the tour of Windies, the 36-year-old had faced criticism for not being able to tune up the run-scoring rate. I have always believed in what is the right thing to do at that moment. "I have always felt that sports is one way of learning about life".

"I do not understand why so many people are on his back after a couple of average performances". "I was always so engrossed in the process that I never took the burden of thinking what if the results don't go my way", he added. "At the end of the day when the match gets over, if I look into the mirror and say to myself that I have tried my best, then I am satisfied".

On a recent comparison between all-rounder Hardik Pandya and India's first World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev said, "Hardik has the talent to become better than me and he just needs to keep playing as he is". "Dhoni is a superstar".

Dhoni was in the bustling metropolis to launch his global cricket academy, inaugurating the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy - his first worldwide academy, in association with Dubai- based Pacific Ventures.

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