While many pundits have gone hard after MS Dhoni over the last few weeks, some people have stood by India’s most successful captain and have strongly vouched for him.
One of Dhoni’s biggest supporters is Ravi Shastri. Team India’s head coach has always maintained that Dhoni is an integral member of the side and needs to be given a little bit more respect.
Shastri also feels that people are quite simply jealous of the great man, and are waiting to see him fail.
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“Looks like there are a lot of jealous people around, who just want Dhoni to have a couple of bad days…. There are a few people who are waiting to see the end of MS Dhoni. But great players like him decide their own future,” Shastri said in an interview to the Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika.
“It (the criticism) doesn’t make a difference to me. In our mind we know where Dhoni stands within the team. He is an ultimate team man. He was a great leader and now an ultimate team man.”
“Dhoni is a superstar. He is one of our greatest cricketers. So he is always going to be a great topic. He is always going to be a topic because he is a legend. When you have a career as glorious as that, you become a topic on television.”
Shastri also added that Dhoni had a huge role in India’s recent success in ODIs and T20s and he does not see that changing anytime soon.