MS Dhoni has been under the eye of critics in the recent times. He doesn’t seem to be in his old batting form and opinions down rating him as a T20 cricket player have been flooding since the day he was sacked as captain by his Pune-based franchise – Rising Pune Supergiant. Dhoni was in decent form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. But, the IPL fans are yet to see him smash boundaries and sixes.
Brett Lee, the former Australia fast bowler, however, feels that Dhoni may soon regain be back to his old business given kind of character he is on the field.
Lee simply suggests that Mahi must try to play his natural carefree game to get back among runs.
“We know how good Dhoni is. We wish him well. We know he is a wonderful character and how good he is for the game. I hope he can get a big one in the next game,” said Lee speaking to India Today at the launch of his new cricket venture ‘Bowling Masters’.
“I think MS Dhoni should try and play his natural game. I am not going to sit here and say this is how he should bat because he has been a wonderful player batsman and captain. Just hope he can play his natural game.”
He also felt that the arrival of the young names like Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant shouldn’t be a worrying factor. Giving an example of his own playing days, Lee says that when the competition from the young gun knocks the door, one must train harder to at par to keep a permanent spot in the team.
“That’s good. It’s healthy when you have young guys pushing you. I know when I was playing for Australia and there were young guys coming through bowling 140’s and you know your spot is never guaranteed. But that makes you hungry and train harder.”
Lee also spoke about what he felt about the two best batting talents in the world – Virat Kohli – who is set to make his return to the IPL after a short injury break.
“You want to watch the best play. It’s sad when someone is injured. I wish Kohli well. You want these guys to play. Kohli is a mega star. One of the world’s best.”
Kohli up against his counterpart Smith during the Border-Gavaskar Series but was simply outplayed by the Australian. Lees feels that outscoring Kohli in India was the achievement and a testament to the fact that the Australian skipper is getting better and better regardless of the condition in which he is playing.
“Steve Smith is in the form of his life. He outscoring Kohli was incredible during the test series. We know what Kohli can do and he will be out there to rectify that but Steve Smith keeps getting better and better. He has now got what some 20 Test hundreds? It’s incredible.”