The former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who lead the team to World Cup Glory in the years 2007 and 2011, slams people for criticizing Team India’s recent performances.
Dhoni slams critics
Former India captain MS Dhoni has come out in support of Team India’s poor fielding performance in the recently concluded Asia Cup and the ongoing bilateral series with Australia. Captain Cool has given a sharp reply to the ones who doubted the team.
Mahi said it is easy to make a comment from the outside about how one should play. “It’s always easy to say we should have played in a certain way but it’s not that simple. We are representing our country but the opposition players are also representing their country too,” Dhoni said.
The former Skipper said that no cricketers playing for their country wants to misfield or drop a catch in an international match. “Honestly, when players are on the field, no one wants to make any mistakes whether it’s misfielding or dropped catches,” the 41-year-old expressed.
“I always try and get into other players’ shoes to figure out why a player dropped a catch or why somebody did a mistake. Throwing tantrums does not help situations. There are already 40,000 people watching from the stands and crores of people watching the action on television and through other mediums. I have to see what the reason was,” he added.
Purpose of the players
The wicketkeeper-batsman who has thrilled Indian fans for so many years also spoke about the purpose of the players to improve and develop and cited ‘effort’ as the underlying factor as he takes stock of events on the field.
“If a player is 100 percent focused on the ground and he misses a catch despite that, I don’t have a problem.”
“Of course, I also want to see how many catches he took during practice before that. If he had a problem somewhere and he is making efforts to get better or not. I used to focus on all these aspects instead of focusing on whether a catch was dropped,” Dhoni said.
Dhoni also pleaded with the fans to rally behind their national team players during tough times. “They are there to play the game and a lot of times, there will be ups and downs.”