Veteran and former Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s last year wasn’t at all good. He couldn’t score much runs with the bat and hence there were many critics who demanded that Dhoni should call it quits.
But with the beginning of 2019, Dhoni came out in a new avatar. The 37-year-old cricketer from Ranchi slammed three back-to-back ODI half-centuries against Australia. He also bagged the Man of the Series award in that ODI series.
In the recently concluded New Zealand series, Dhoni didn’t get much to bat. This was because of his injury and as a result he was rested in a few games. But his touch with the bat was seen in the second match at Mount Maunganui.
In that match Dhoni scored 48 not out from 33 balls. Meanwhile his work behind the stumps has always remained electric. India’s head coach Ravi Shastri was in all praise for the veteran player.
Shastri said that there is nobody good enough to criticize Dhoni. He even said that players like Dhoni come once in a generation. Shastri even lashed out at the critics saying that Dhoni’s critics don’t have any knowledge about the game.
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Shastri also praises Dhoni’s keeping abilities
In an exclusive interview to Cricbuzz, Shastri said:
Nobody is good enough to criticise MS Dhoni. If you talk about him, do you even know anything about cricket?
“Dhoni is like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. These guys come once in 30-40 years. He is an ornament to the game. He has been the captain of a number one Test team and has two World Cups to his name. In fact, tell me which trophy has he not won? Name it. There is no space in his trophy cabinet. You don’t get a guy (of his experience and ability) overnight,” said Shastri.
Dhoni became the second Indian captain, after Kapil Dev, to lead India to a World Cup win. Mahi hit a six to win the 2011 World Cup final.
In a recent match against the Kiwis, Dhoni was very effective behind the stumps. He made an excellent run-out and dismissed the dangerous-looking James Neesham. While asked about the incident to Shastri, he said, “That was Dhoni at his very best, like a con artist.”