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M.S. Dhoni: The man who changed the future of Indian cricket should be permitted to decide his own

The Former Indian Captain was charged by 3 Former cricketers for his continuance in the T20 format

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Dhoni has been targeted by his ex teammates for underperforming in the 2nd T20 against New Zealand.

Veturi Srivatsa

Seldom does one come across a captain making it a habit of praising his predecessor. And all the former players who played with either or both differ on Mahendra Singh Dhoni playing in the shortest format, Twenty20, advancing different reasons.

It all started with former cricketers Venkata Sai Laxman, Ajit Agarkar and Akash Chopra opposing the continuance of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Twenty20 format after his glaring “failure to pushing things” in the second of the three-match T20 series aginst New Zealand at Rajkot, resulting in India losing by 40 runs.

All the three have put forth different reasons, but their solution is the same, that it’s time Dhoni made way for a youngster to gain international experience. One of them thought that he has no place in the team as a batsman, now that he is not the captain and another felt by pulling out of the shortest format he could prolong his One-Day career.

Ranged against them are Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli himself who all vehementaly differed with the critics, advancing equally valid arguments.

The one man who smartly took the middle path is Virender Sehwag who, while backing his former captain’s selection, wants him to “realise his role” in the team.

The stoutest and the most logical defence of Dhoni, pulling no punches, came from Gavaskar, who was furious at people blaming Dhoni for the Rajkot defeat when the entire team was responsible.

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Former Indian batsman, Sunil Gavaskar, came in rescue of Dhoni by accusing people for targeting players who are above 30.

One of Gavaskar’s pet theories is people invariably go at a player touching 30 years and are charitable to youngsters who may not have anything to show by way of performance for long stretches. Expectedly, he picked on Hardik Pandya failing to pick leg-spinner Ish Sodhi in successive matches or, for that matter, the openers doing little in Rajkot.

The critics also seem to forget that not long ago Dhoni won a match in the company of No.10 Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, adding 100 runs in Sri Lanka and also the way he rescued India against Australia with Pandya in the first ODI a couple of months ago.

More than Dhoni, the team management must decide where he should bat. Imagine any other player in the team getting pushed like Dhoni had been anywhere between No 4 and No 7 positions. They fancifully call him, as also Pandya, a “floater”. Still, they say they are looking for a “finisher”.

Should Dhoni quit T20 as suggested by some of his former team-mates? It all depends on his place in the ODIs. If he is good enough to play ODIs he must play T-20s also so that he stays match-fit, now that there are most T20s these days. Playing only the Tests is different from playing only one of the shorter formats. It might work for youngsters, but certainly not for those in Dhoni’s age and stage of career.

Kohli and Shastri gave it back to the critics equally forcefully. Kohli echoed Gavaskar’s opinion when he said that Dhoni is being unfairly targeted. 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!

Kohli said in clear words that he and Dhoni know what’s happening out in the middle and they understand what’s best for each and every player.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli also came in support of the former Indian captain.

Ravis Shastri is also equally forthright, describing Dhoni the ultimate team man. He dubbed people who want him out as jealous, waiting for him to fail and end his international career.

Bhuvaneshwar added his bit: No one is bothered (about criticism), he is a legend and his what he is doing benefits the team.

Shastri had the last word: Great players like Dhoni decide their own future. (IANS)

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Cricket Icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni to Back Show on Army Officers

"January tak mat poocho (don't ask me till January)," said Dhoni at an event in Ranchi before questions on his break, which started with India's semi-final loss to New Zealand in the World Cup in July, could even be asked

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Wikimedia Commons

Indian cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be producing an anthology telling stories of decorated army officers.

Studionext in collaboration with Dhoni, who is a Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, will bring forward the unique anthology of episodic stories.

“The show will narrate stories of the brave Param Vir Chakra and Ashoka Chakra awardees. With compelling stories and intriguing content on board, the show is slated for a 2020 release,” said a source.

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Age is just a number, but you have to be very fit, says Dhoni. Wikimedia Commons

According to a report, the TV series will tell personal stories of military officers as Dhoni wants to bring the journey of people serving the country into the limelight through his show.

At present, the show is being scripted, and the team is sorting out the formalities to get the shooting started.

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Dhoni took a sabbatical after India’s campaign in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Earlier this month, Dhoni had said that he won’t talk about his much-awaited comeback till January.

“January tak mat poocho (don’t ask me till January),” said Dhoni at an event in Ranchi before questions on his break, which started with India’s semi-final loss to New Zealand in the World Cup in July, could even be asked. (IANS)