They say, ‘Form is temporary, class is permanent’. There’s no doubt about the latter part of the statement when it comes to MS Dhoni, but the first part could be used to defend the criticism that the wicketkeeper-batsman has been receiving in the ongoing World Cup. As per reports, the 37-year-old has said people wanted him to retire even before the last league stage encounter against Sri Lanka on Saturday, but the truth is that he has not made up his mind yet.
As per a report on a TV channel, Dhoni, when confronted with the ‘retirement’ question, said that he himself doesn’t know when he will retire. He then seemed to have taken a dig at his detractors by saying that many of them wanted him to hang up his boots before the Sri Lanka encounter.
The criticism for Mahi had started after his laboured knock of 28 off 52 balls against Afghanistan. His fifty against West Indies got mixed reviews, since a section still considered his innings of 56 off 61 ‘slow’. The former captain taking singles in his innings of 42 off 31 balls when the asking rate had gone over 10 against England, earned him flak again. Netizens again felt he couldn’t accelerate enough in the knock of 35 off 33 balls against Bangladesh though no one else from the middle order and lower order could even touch double digits.
Several cricketers like Lasith Malinga and Michael Clarke have come out in the veteran's support.