Former India opener and now pundit Aakash Chopra has raised some very interesting questions in regards to MS Dhoni. While many former players have criticized Dhoni lately, several people have even questioned the need for Dhoni in the T20 format.
Chopra is someone who believes Dhoni is no longer India’s best option in T20s, with the likes of Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson knocking on the door. Chopra also did not understand why Dhoni was demoted down the order, as that will only increased the pressure on the Ranchi man.
“While the team has been quite vocal about Dhoni’s utility in the shorter formats and in fact, his contribution in the growth of Indian spinners can never be overstated, there’s also an acknowledgement with regards to his role in the side.”
“It was an interesting decision to drop him down the order, at times to No. 7, in the 50-over format but to do the same in T20s has raised more concerns about his utility,” he wrote.
“His innings in Rajkot and T20 numbers in 2017 are suggesting that he needs time to get going and pushing him lower down the order is not in line with what he’s been doing lately. ”
“Sending him after Iyer, Pandya and Pandey in an 8-over game will further raise questions, for it’ll be viewed as an admission that he’s no longer considered to have the firepower to hit big shots from get go,” Chopra added.
Kohli and the Indian think tank will now need to evaluate the role of India’s most successful captain in the shortest format of the game. If they feel that he is not good enough, then they may have to take a very tough call very soon.