The senior most member of the team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has been most at the receiving end of criticism among Team India players in the ongoing cricket World Cup. After a substantial contribution of 34 in the first match against South Africa and a blazing knock of 48 in 27 balls against Australia, the veteran player’s bat has been quiet. The cricketer managed only 1 run against Pakistan, but his laboured knock of 28 in 52 balls against Afghanistan, made him the centre of attention. While memes surfaced over the 37-year-old's ‘slow batting’, even Sachin Tendulkar didn’t mince words in stating that he was ‘slightly disappointed’ by his former teammate’s lack of ‘intent’. However, Dhoni’s former captain Sourav Ganguly and former Team India batsman Sandeep Patil have come out in the former captain’s support.
Ganguly in a recent interview with a news publication stated that Dhoni is a very good batsman and that he was convinced that the wicketkeeper-batsman will prove it in the World Cup. The ‘Prince of Calcutta’ acknowledged his ‘sticky form’ against Afghanistan, but stated that it was just ‘one match.’
Meanwhile, Patil, while asserting, in his column, that it was important for players to peak at the right time, called Dhoni a ‘sleeping giant’, who he feels will wake up and that’ll help the team during the later stages of the tournament. He also stated that the captain and vice-captain have turned to Dhoni in the tough moments on the field and the senior's advice has worked out very well.
As India takes on West Indies on Thursday, it'd be interesting to see if Dhoni is successful at proving his critics wrong.