Dhoni gets strong support from Warne

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni found support in the form of Shane Warne who took to Twitter and backed Dhoni to come good after some poor outings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to NDTV news report, The Australian leg-spinning great feels that former India captain doesn’t need to “prove anything to anyone”. Dhoni has been in the headlines for the rather uncharitable comments and observations from family members of the owner of his franchise, Rising Pune Supergiant, which have brought howls of protest from his supporters. Warne on Tuesday took to Twitter to back Dhoni, who has been a phenomenal limited-overs cricketer.

Dhoni’s strike-rate in the 10th IPL has been a dismal 87.14 with an average of shade over 15. He has managed to hit only two sixes in five games.

While he is still the undisputed No.1 keeper-batsman in the limited-overs format but inconsistent form over the past year has led to debates if he is still a potent match-winner.

Dhoni has been the talking point for the last couple of weeks, owing to his lack of runs in the IPL. So much so that former India captain Sourav Ganguly went on to say that he doubts whether Dhoni is a good T20 player, having scored just one fifty in the last 10 years.

“I am not too sure if Dhoni is a good T20 player. He is a champion ODI player but when it comes to T20 cricket, in 10 years, he has got one fifty and that’s not the best record,” Ganguly told India Today.

Ganguly’s scathing comments came on the back Dhoni’s ever-falling run in the shortest format of the game.

However  Virender Sehwag countered Sourav Ganguly ion his take on Mahendra Singh Dhoni.  Sehwag emphasised that the position at which Dhoni comes into bat is a difficult one and people need to be patient as he would return with authority. “The position at which he’s coming in to bat is very difficult. He is still the best at No. 5 or No. 6,” said Sehwag while talking to ABP News. “There’s no doubt that he will be back in form sooner rather than later. There’s a lot of time left in the IPL. One should not judge a player of Dhoni’s stature just by the outcome of three-four games.”

Sehwag further added : “He recently scored a match winning hundred against England. So I don’t think he’s out of touch. You can’t even imagine an Indian side going to Champion’s Trophy without Dhoni. Things like this can happen in a tournament like IPL. IPL  should not be a platform to judge an experienced player like Dhoni. It’s fine if you judge a youngster on the basis of IPL as it is difficult for a newcomer to showcase his talent in front of a huge crowd.”

Dhoni, who has been relieved of captaincy duties by RPS and is playing for the first time as a non-captain in the IPL, hasn’t performed as per the expectations in the ongoing league.
With scores of 12 not out, 5, 11, 5 and 28 in the last five IPL 10 games he has played so far for the RPS.