Amid all the tension created out of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s inability to perform his best at the recently concluded T20 series against New Zealand, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy recently took to his Twitter account to question the criticisers of Dhoni, urging them not to target ruthlessly a player as great as the former Indian captain. This tweet came after certain former crickets, like medium pacer Ajit Agarkar, asked the BCCI to think of having some other player to replace Dhoni in the shortest form of the game.
Not just Subramanian Swamy but legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, Indian coach Ravi Shastri and the Indian team captain Virat Kohli also showed their faith on Dhoni despite the controversy creeping in from many corners.
Why this continuing targeting of Dhoni?Since he is brilliant¬ amenable to Dubai gang? Nation must stand with this cricket renaissance man
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) November 14, 2017
After India’s loss at the second T20 International in Rajkot, Ajit Agarkar said that it is high time for India to think beyond Dhoni when it comes to T20. In his criticism of Dhoni, Agarkar was further heard saying that India will not feel the lack of Dhoni in the format. Not just Sehwag but former cricketers VVS Laxman and Akash Chopra were also vocal in their criticism of Dhoni.
According to Laxman, although Dhoni makes an invincible part of the Indian Cricket Team in the ODI format, it is high time for him to step aside in T20 cricket and make space for a young talent to step in. He also cited the difference between Kohli and Dhoni’s strike rate – which was almost double – to beat his point into bush.
Former opener and commentator Akash Chopra was also seen harboring similar view and wished some other person replace Dhoni for the upcoming T20 clash against Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, as soon as Subramanian Swamy took to Twitter to express his disgust over this “continuing targeting of Dhoni”, Twitterattis also started pouring their support to the “renaissance man” of Indian cricket. Let’s have a look at what Twitterattis had to say –
Dhoni should be there until world cup 2019. The man has served cricket for long and never played for personal records.
— Nana Patekar (@nanapatakarr) November 14, 2017
Yeah, very true, middle order was fascinating with dhoni,contributed a lot lot winning streaks.. Enga thala dhoniku periya whistle adinga
— Raj Venu (@MythrasMind) November 14, 2017
True that – Dhoni is indeed a role model for millions in the country!
Dhoni is a role model for all. First generation cricketer from a small city, breaks free into a gang that is not squeaky clean. He and Kohli are Men Confident who have infected the youth with raw energy & confidence
— DR HARISH SHETTY (@DrHarish139) November 15, 2017
MSD means Master Stroke department! He is the backbone of Indian Cricket! Why people are creating unnessarily unwanted problem ?Let him play, his fans are enjoying!
— jayalakshmi (@jal2coolin) November 14, 2017
With malicious intends some group targeting @msdhoni unnecessary. He is always a champs will come out against all odds whether its infield or outfield hurdles.
— Arvind Vishwakarma (@ArvindVishwak10) November 14, 2017
We Indian’s will support our all time favorite captain #MSDhoni.
— Anand Singh (@anandvisen1) November 15, 2017
We stand with Dhoni always n ever…!!! 🙌🙌👏👏
— Swati Shukla (@SwatiShukla025) November 14, 2017
Absolutely! Dhoni should have a say when he wants to retire and when he doesn’t. Don’t you agree?
Yes bang on right!!! Also it’s only Dhoni who should decide if he even wants to continue after 2019. 🏏🏏
— Nitin 🇮🇳🇺🇸 (@nitin5_acc) November 14, 2017
— Sudan Suman Kumar (@Sudan_Suman_Kr) November 15, 2017
So, what do you think of this entire debate? Do you think Dhoni should step aside in T20 cricket and make space for a junior? Do let us know about your opinion in the comments section below.