MS Dhoni might have drawn some criticism from a few former cricketers over his performances in T20 cricket but the World Cup-winning captain has found plenty of support from his own team.
Last month during the T20I series against New Zealand, skipper Virat Kohli was the first to throw his weight behind Dhoni and said the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman was still an integral part of his team.
Dhoni’s 37-ball 49 in India’s defeat to New Zealand in the second T20I drew sharp rebuke from former cricketers who felt it was time for India to look for an alternative to Dhoni in the shortest format.
However, coach Ravi Shastri, in an exclusive interview with India Today, slammed the 36-year-old Dhoni’s critics and said they should instead look at what they were like when they were 36.Now, Rohit Sharma has also backed Dhoni and said he was shocked when people still questioned Dhoni’s role in the T20 team.“I am shocked that this question is being raised. If you look at the recent performances, I don’t understand why people are still talking about it. It is not about whether he will be part of the 2019 World Cup, his recent form has been good.
“It is too far off and we should focus on what is happening now. He bats at No. 6 and does not get to play as many balls as some of us at the top of the order,” Rohit told India Today in an interview with Boria Majumdar.