Selfless MS Dhoni Knows Where he Stands – Pragyan Ojha
At a time when the likes of VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar had said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should make way for youngsters in T20s, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has leapt in the former India skipper’s defence.
Dhoni is facing the heat after his knock in the second T20 International against New Zealand early this month. The World Cup-winning skipper walked into bat when India was reeling at 67 for four in the tenth over and needed more than 10 runs per over to chase down the mammoth target of 197.
But instead of taking the attack to the bowlers right from the word go, Dhoni surprisingly took his time to settle down and was scoring at a strike-rate of less than 100.
In fact, he could manage only 17 runs off the first 20 balls he faced before hitting a six to improve his strike-rate. He eventually managed to score 49 off 37, but it did not take much of a difference, as India lost the game by 40 runs.
But while several former players have said that Dhoni should quit the shortest format of the game, Ojha feels Dhoni knows where he stands and when can he retire. He went on to say that the team is also well aware of Dhoni’s value.
“I strongly feel @msdhoni bhai knows where he stands and how long… he can go. I am sure #TeamIndia also knows the value he adds. Just a thought about a selfless man✌️#legend,” Ojha wrote on Twitter.
— Prragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) November 9, 2017
Early this week, India skipper Virat Kohli had also slammed the critics by throwing his support behind his predecessor. Speaking after the third T20I against the Kiwis, Kohli said:
“First, I don’t understand why are people only pointing him out; I’m not able to understand this. If I fail three times, no one is going to point fingers at me because I’m not over 35. The guy is fit; he is passing all the fitness tests, he is contributing to the team in every way possible, tactically on the field, with the bat. If you look at the series against Sri Lanka and Australia, he did really well, and in this series, he hasn’t got much time to bat.”
“You have to understand, the position in which he comes out to bat, even Hardik [Pandya] could not score in that game. Then why are we only pointing out one man? Hardik also got out in the last T20 that we played in Rajkot. We are conveniently targeting only one man which is not fair. We also have to look at the fact that by the time he comes in, either the run rate is already eight-and-a-half or nine-and-a-half and the wicket is also not the same when the new ball is bowled,” he added.
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