Wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni has been the talk of Indian cricket recently, with some former cricketers including VVS Laxman taking a dig at the Ranchi man, stating he should make way for young guns in T20Is.
Dhoni may no longer be batting the same way, as he used to four or five years ago, and it has led to criticism, but the former skipper has the backing of the team.
India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar revealed that the team is not really bothered about his current scores, as they back Dhoni to the core. The right-arm bowler even labelled him as a ‘legend’.
“If you look at his record, nobody (team management) is really bothered. Whatever he has done, he has been doing well, he knows he is a legend. Whatever he is doing, it is benefitting the Indian team. No one has any doubts about him,” Bhuvi said at a press conference on the eve of the third T20I in Thiruvananthapuram.
Why Dhoni is crucial to this Indian team?
Dhoni has come under criticism of late, but that is nothing new to Indian cricket. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar also suffered the same as India houses passionate supporters, always want their heroes to bring glory to the nation.
Mahi, who no longer plays Test matches, is at the fag end of his career. There have been talks about his retirement, but there is a serious need for him to, at least, play till the 2019 World Cup.
India will need his services in the crucial series as his experience of having played and performed in ICC events is phenomenal, and Dhoni can assist captain Virat Kohli in England and Wales where the next ODI world cup is scheduled.