Team India’s former captain, M.S. Dhoni is back in the news, sadly, for a wrong reason. After Dhoni’s ‘slow’ performance in the T20 series against New Zealand, critics and veteran cricketers like Ajit Agarkar, V.V.S Laxman, etc, are after Dhoni’s career and are suggesting that the ace cricketer should retire now. Some claimed that Dhoni’s performance in the matches is decreasing. Others said that Dhoni should now give a chance to youngsters.
However, there are cricketers who still think that Team India need Dhoni’s presence in the squad and there is still time for Dhoni to retire. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and team’s skipper Virat Kohli said that what Dhoni does always benefits the team.
In one of his interviews, Virat, while defending Dhoni, took a dig at people who think that Dhoni should retire now and said:
“I don’t understand why people are pointing him out. If I fail as a batsman three times, no one is going to point fingers at me because I am not over 35. The guy is fit, he is passing all the tests. 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.”
Now Dhoni himself has reacted to criticism coming his way. As reported by Khaleej Times, while launching his own cricket academy in Dubai, he opened up about the criticism and said:
“Everybody has views in life and it should be respected.”
Talking about how proud he feels while representing his country as a cricketer, he added:
“It is representing the country which is the best motivation for me because we play cricket for only a span of time. You can play for one year to 15 years, some play 20 years, but in the life span, let’s say you live for 70 years, 10 to 15 years is nothing and that’s the only time you can proudly say that I’m representing my country. The biggest motivation is being part of the Indian cricket team.”
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