Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has come down heavily at Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s critics after the recent weeks have seen the former India skipper getting scrutinized for his performance with the willow.
The World Cup-winning skipper is probably going through one of the toughest phase of his illustrious cricket career right now. Just a few weeks before the commencement of the Indian Premier League, he was replaced with Australia skipper Steve Smith as the skipper of the Rising Pune Supergiant. Given that Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the history of the tournament, it looked like a very harsh decision.
But Dhoni’s performances with the willow in the first four matches of the tournament has not helped his cause either. One of the finest limited-overs batsmen of all time, the 35-year old managed just 33 runs in his first four outings this season and the opportunist critics wasted no time in taking a dig at him. In fact, an online campaign #DhoniDropped began trending just a few days ago.
Not only the fans but some imminent cricket personalities also joined the bandwagon. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly recently expressed his concerns over Dhoni’s batting abilities in the shortest format of the game
“I am not too sure if MS Dhoni is a good T20 player. He is a champion ODI player but when it comes to Twenty20 cricket, in 10 years, he has got one fifty and that’s not the best record,” Ganguly had said.
Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke also felt that it is high time for Dhoni to get some runs under the belt. “Dhoni has to score runs for himself. As a professional, he has to,” Clarke had said.
Amidst all this, Sushant, who played the role of Dhoni in his biopic, stood by the star and said it is a matter of time before the hard-hitting batsman hits the top gear.
“The fact that Dhoni is so harshly scrutinised shows his class &the standard he has set. It’s a matter of time ¬ hope his bat will answer,” the actor tweeted.
The fact that Dhoni is so harshly scrutinised shows his class &the standard he has set.
It's a matter of time ¬ hope his bat will answer.
— Sushant Singh Rajput (@itsSSR) April 15, 2017