MS Dhoni may not have played competitive cricket since the past 11 months but he still continues to rake up headlines whether it is related to his international future or his controversial innings against England in last years’ World Cup.
Recently, England all-rounder Ben Stokes raked up a huge controversy when he wrote in his book that there was little to no intent MS Dhoni and India’s innings in the league-stage game against the hosts in Birmingham.
“Arguably, the way MS Dhoni played when he came in with 112 runs needed from 11 overs was even stranger. He appeared more intent on singles than sixes. Even with a dozen balls remaining, India could still have won. There was little or no intent from him (Dhoni) or his partner Kedar Jadhav. To me, while victory is still possible you always go for broke.” Ben Stokes wrote in his book.
‘Dhoni will punish his bowling to all corners’- S Sreesanth cautions Ben Stokes against a future face-off against MS Dhoni
Former Indian cricketer and someone who played a lot with and under MS Dhoni, S Sreesanth has lambasted Ben Stokes over his comments.
“”Main toh thoda yehi bolunga Ben Stokes ko ki dua karo ki Dhoni bhai aapke khilaaf dobara na khele. Dhoni bhai ke memory se kuch bhi jaata nahi…[I just hope and pray Stokes doesn’t face MS Dhoni in any match in the future. Because, Dhoni isn’t one to forget such things in a jiffy],” S Sreesanth said during an Instagram live session.
He added: “Usse all the best karta hun ki agar IPL ya England-India kahi bhi mila na bete, abhi tak toh 2 ya 1 million mil raha hai na, Dhoni bhai career bhi khatam kar denge. Ben Stokes ko main open challenge deta hun ki Dhoni bhai ko out toh kar nahi sakta woh chahe kitna bhi world ka best all-rounder ho. I just want to say that Ben Stokes you have been playing for the last 4-5 years since I was not playing, I am really looking forward to bowl to you brother. Just to give an answer to what you told about Dhoni.”
Which roughly translates to -“I wish Stokes all the best that he never comes across Dhoni in any IPL or England-India game in future. He may be getting a big amount now, but Dhoni will punish his bowling to all corners of the ground. He may be the best all-rounder in the world but definitely can’t get Dhoni out,”
Stokes, however, has clarified in the media, that he never meant that India lost intentionally in the World Cup against England.