RP Singh Lauds ‘Constant’ MS Dhoni After Pallekele Heroics
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is probably going through the toughest phase of his illustrious career. One of the finest players to have ever graced the limited-overs format, the World Cup-winning skipper has been facing criticism for quite some time now due to his inconsistent showings with the bat.
That time is running out for Dhoni became more evident when chief selector MSK Prasad made it clear that the underperforming wicketkeeper is no more an automatic choice in the team before stating that the selectors would have to look out for other options if the senior batsman does not perform.
“Discussions happen about everybody. It is not just MS Dhoni (or anybody else). When we pick, when we talk about combinations, we talk about everybody. Whenever a player keeps aging, for example, I was just reading Agassi’s book, Open, his life actually started after 30 years. Till then he won two or three titles. His actual life started after that. He lived with media pressure, ‘When are you going to retire?’,” Prasad had said after the squad selection for the ongoing series in Sri Lanka.
“But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams. So you never know. If he (Dhoni) is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives,” he had added.
However, the 36-year old once again proved his worth with a match-winning knock for the Men in Blue during the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka on Thursday (August 24). Chasing a modest 231, Virat Kohli & Co. were in a huge spot of bother after Akila Dananjaya’s sensational spell had reduced them to 131 for 7. However, Dhoni played a crucial knock of 45 and added an unbeaten partnership of 100 runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take the team home from a tough position.
The match-defining partnership also helped him to add yet another feather to his illustrious cap as he along with Bhuvneshwar now holds the record of highest eighth-wicket partnership in ODIs for India.
Delighted with Dhoni’s latest achievement, one fan page named Smriti&Harmanpret FC took to Twitter to laud the wicketkeeper-batsman’s accomplishments by posting a collage, showing the record partnerships he has been involved in throughout his career.
And the tweet did not go unnoticed from former India bowler RP Singh who paid his tribute to the legendary captain by retweeting the post and writing: “Only one man is constant [email protected] ??”
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) August 26, 2017
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