In India, when you are a cricket player, your performance has to be consistent. One bad inning and a million fans will take it to all the social media websites criticizing you and labeling you as unworthy of the team. Maybe it is because of the immense competition and the country’s par excellent record in the game in recent times. Sadly, same was the case with former captain cool, MS Dhoni.
During the second T20 against New Zealand at Rajkot, MS Dhoni has scored 47 of the 36 balls he faced. But the initial 25 runs during his partnership with King Kohli came run a ball. While VVS Laxman has said that someone younger should be tried in T20s, Virender Sehwag has asked the team management to make the former skipper understand his "role in the team".
But it seems skipper Virat Kohli is upset with all the negative criticism. In a press conference, he slammed all rumors of Dhoni’s time to quit and said that he is still one of the team’s best player.
"I don't understand why people are pointing him out. If I fail as a batsman three times, no one is going to point fingers at me because I am not over 35," Kohli's sarcastic jibe at the post-match media conference was not lost on anyone.
"The guy is fit, he is passing all the tests. He is contributing to the team in every tactical way on the field. With the bat, he did really well against Sri Lanka (away series) and Australia," the skipper reminded everyone.
Kohli then explained how difficult it becomes for Dhoni when he comes into bat.
"By the time, he comes in, the run rate is already 8.5- 9.5. The wicket is also not the same as when the new ball is being bowled. Batsmen who are set at the top find it easier to strike the ball straightaway compared to guys who come lower down the order. The kind of wickets that we played on, wear and tear have been much more in the latter half," said the 29- year-old skipper about his predecessor.
"You have to assess everything. As team members and management, we understand the situation when people go in to bat, we don't get emotional and excited about opinions of people who are looking at things from a different point of view. You understand how the wicket is behaving, in what situation you are in."
Dhoni who was brilliant behind the stumps in the final had earlier scored of 25, 18 not out and 25 in the three ODIs while he scored 7 not out, 49 and 0 not out in the T20s but Kohli didn't seem too worried.
"He is doing absolutely fine. He is working hard on his game, understands his role but it doesn't come off every time. He hit a six in Delhi and it got showed five times in the post-match show and suddenly he doesn't score in one game and we are after his life," the India captain said. People need to be a bit more patient. He is a guy who understands where his cricket is. He is a very smart guy and understands where he stands with his body and game. I don't think anyone else has the right to decide that for him."
Kohli's attacking stance made it evident that the team management has full faith in Dhoni.