Gautam Gambhir Defends MS Dhoni, Says He Deserves Credit for What He Has Done
Over the years, Gautam Gambhir has been a contender for the opening slot in the Indian squad. Gambhir lost his place in the team due to a streak of low scores but made a major impact in the domestic circuit scoring heavily for the Delhi Ranji team. Gambhir who has played some scintillating innings for India is mostly remembered for his match-winning knock in the World cup final has been out of the Indian team for some time.
After much of a speculation about a cold war between former captain MS Dhoni and Gambhir himself, the latter has now come in support of the veteran Indian wicket-keeper batsman. Dhoni has been under scrutiny for his performance of late. Former cricketers VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar have questioned Dhoni’s place and ability to finish games down the order.
However, Gambhir has defended Dhoni in an interview with Jatin Sapru of Star Sports:
“You need to give credit where (it’s due). (At times) People have criticized his (MSD’s) captaincy. What he has done for Indian cricket, not a lot of people have done that, especially the way he handled the lows. It is very easy to handle the highs. But the way he has handled the lows has been remarkable. Especially in Australia and England (2011-12) where we were hammered (4-0) and still being as calm as he was, not showing too many emotions, (for that) I think a lot of credit needs to go to MS.”
After playing under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni, Gambhir picked Dhoni under whom he had a lot of fun playing. Gambhir said:
“I have played under Sourav (Ganguly), Rahul (Dravid), Viru (Virender Sehwag) and MS (Dhoni). I felt, I enjoyed a lot under MS. (We) had great fun; we are around the same age as well. He was pretty chilled out. He kept things very simple which was very good,”
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