- India cricket news revealed that Sachin Tendulkar backed MS Dhoni in struggling times and said that the critics needed to back off a bit
- Having struggled in the past few performances for Team India, MS Dhoni was facing scrutiny from all corners of Indian cricket and Tendulkar said that Dhoni knows best what is expected of him and should be given full power to decide
Sachin Tendulkar, who knows about being a legend in cricket ad facing criticism all too well, made waves in the latest India cricket news today when he urged MS Dhoni’s critics to back off a little, as the wicketkeeper/batsman was well aware of his struggles of living up to his high standards. Having recently played in the three-match T20I and ODI series against England, Dhoni struggled to make impact consistently for Team India, resulting in scrutiny from the left, right and centre of Indian cricket circles.
Former Indian cricketing greats such as Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly have been speaking about how MS Dhoni’s impact for Team India has been diminishing off late, and how the Jharkhand cricketer needs to step up. To make things worse, there were also reports making rounds in India cricket news about MS Dhoni’s retirement.
A player of MS Dhoni’s calibre knows what is expected of him and so we should leave it to him, says Sachin Tendulkar
However, the troubled former Team India captain who was famously known as the ‘captain cool’ was recently backed by the legend of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, another former captain of the Men in Blue. Speaking to Mirror on Saturday, Tendulkar admitted that Dhoni has beens struggling with his form of late, but pressed that the wicket-keeper/batsman was very well aware of this fact, and is the best judge to decide on his future by himself. He said,
“My answer is very simple. I know people are talking about a lot of things. It is not about what XYZ think. I have read Mr Gavaskar’s statement and seen Sourav’s remark that Dhoni needs to do more. But if you speak to MS himself, he would also say that it (the performance in England) has not been up to his expectations. And that’s the thing. Players try to perform to their expectations.”
Dhoni scored insignificant 37 and 40-run knocks in the last two ODIs in England which saw him take up a lot more balls as well. His batting lacked the domination with which his name had become synonymous to, and when India eventually lost both the ODIs and resultantly, the ODI series, there was a debate of sorts going on in the India cricket news and circles.
However, Sachin Tendulkar said that Dhoni was well-equipped with the understanding of the game, and there could be nobody else who should take the decision on Dhoni’s future but he himself. Tendulkar said, “The player only has to take the call. A player of his calibre, who has been around for a long time, knows what is expected of him. And where he stands. So, I will leave the decision to him.”