It is not easy being a cricketer in a country like India, as you always find yourself under the spotlight, leaving yourself open to criticism from a billion people.
Take MS Dhoni for example. One of the greatest cricketers to have played the game is a national treasure for India, as Dhoni’s exploits on the cricket field have earned him legendary status.
But for some reason Dhoni constantly finds the need to prove himself to many people, as there are many people believe it is time for the great man to hang up his boots.
One of the biggest criticism against Dhoni was India’s record under him the longest format of the game. Many people felt that he left the game drift during test matches, and was to blame for India’s poor record overseas.
Cheteshwar Pujara recently came out in support of his former captain, as the Test star feels that MS Dhoni gets unjustified criticism from many quarters.
“To start with, it feels really good to retain the top spot in Test cricket and get the mace. It is something we as a team thrive to do and to be honest, be it under Dhoni or now under Kohli, the motive has always been to win Tests and not just in India, but also overseas. It is true that this team has done really well in Test cricket in the last two seasons, but to be fair, people tend to overlook Dhoni’s contribution as Test captain” Pujara said.
“Also, talking about the two captains is a bit unfair because Dhoni led for a while and Kohli has just about started off and settled down. Maybe we can do that in some time from now. But yes, it was a pleasure to play under Dhoni and it is no different to be led by Kohli.” Pujara added.