The former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has raised question over MS Dhoni as he thinks that Dhoni is not a good T20 player now,
“I am not too sure if Dhoni is a good T20 player. He is a champion ODI player but when it comes to T20 cricket, in 10 years, he has got one fifty and that’s not the best record,” Ganguly told India today.
Ganguly’s comments have come after Dhoni’s second consecutive failure in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni has just made 16 runs in past two innings and hasn’t been effective as well. He has tried to play contrary to what he is known to be. He is known as an aggressive player and Dhoni hasn’t quite shown any kind of aggression with the bat till now. He could just score five runs against Kings XI Punjab whereas was dismissed on 11 against Delhi Daredevils.
To everyone’s surprise, Dhoni has a just one-half century in T20I cricket which came to against England earlier this year in the third and final T20I of the series in Bangalore.
When asked whether Dhoni will be in his squad for Champions Trophy or not, Ganguly said that he will be in his squad but Dhoni have to score runs,
“I will pick Dhoni for the Champions Trophy but he has to score runs.”
In past few years, Dhoni’s form has dipped and now his each and every performance will be scrutinised as he is no longer the captain of the Indian cricket team.
He will be a vital commodity in Champions Trophy where the side will be going as the defending champions but as said, he has to score runs not only for the team’s cause but also to retain his place in the Indian team.
Dhoni is one of the successful captains India has ever produced but he has been under scanner from past few years due to his poor form on foreign soil. Under his captaincy, India was whitewashed in England in 2011 in Test series. Another whitewash followed against and in Australia.
The team failed to register a win in any of the Test against New Zealand and South Africa in respective countries. After losing another series against England in 2014, Dhoni was under immense pressure. After few months, India toured Australia and lost the second Test at Brisbane under Dhoni’s captaincy. After a drawn Melbourne game, Dhoni called it quits from longest format of the game.
Though he continued to play and lead the team in limited overs cricket. India made it to the semi-final of World Cup 2015 but failed to retain the cup. Post that, India went to lose series against Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia in 2015/16. Post that era, Dhoni enjoyed small success as a captain in both T20I and ODIs but relinquished captaincy before the start of limited over series against England, handing the reins to Virat Kohli.
Dhoni will have a crucial role as a batsman in Champions Trophy but he will be only worthy of the team if he scores runs with or else we might see some surprising call from Dhoni himself, after ChampionsTrophy.