Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha has reacted to MS Dhoni’s “did not see the spark in some of our youngsters” comment following the loss against Rajasthan Royals on Monday.
The three-time champions suffered a crushing 7-wicket defeat at the hands of Royals. The defeat was the seventh in ten games for CSK this season and has all but sealed their fate this season. Even if CSK go on to win their remaining four league games, they will have to depend on other results for a playoff spot.
Following the game against Royals, MS Dhoni made things further tough for him with his comment for the youngsters. Responding to a question regarding CSK youngsters not getting chances despite the seniors’ poor performances, the CSK stalwart said the young players didn’t show enough spark for them to push the senior players out of the team.
“It’s fair enough [the criticism for not playing youngsters], this season we weren’t there. Maybe we didn’t see as much spark from some of our youngsters. Maybe going forward we bring them in and they play without pressure,” MS Dhoni had said.
Pragyan Ojha on Dhoni’s comments:
Unsurprisingly, Dhoni has been facing the heat from several quarters for his recent comments on youngsters and his former India teammate Pragyan Ojha has given his views too. The former left-arm spinner said that if Dhoni’s ‘youngster spark comment’ was directed at young CSK players like Ruturaj Gaekwad and Narayan Jagadeesan then it is unfair.
He also said that Dhoni’s messages are cryptic and the youngster comments were for under-performing Kedar Jadhav. It, however, is highly unlikely that the comment was for Kedar who has been a part of the playing eleven in eight games so far.
“Who is the youngster? If he is referring to himself as senior players and he is talking about. Did he mention Ruturaj and Jagadeesan? He must have spoken about Kedar. What I have seen of MS Dhoni is that his messages are very very cryptic,” Pragyan Ojha told Sports Today.
“I am very sure he will never comment on these two young boys. Why will I comment on a player who has played one game? I want to go more deeply into this. If it is about those two guys (Ruturaj and Jagadeesan) then I don’t back it for sure. But what if he is talking about Piyush Chawla, he is talking about others.
“I am very sure he is not talking about these two boys because they have just played two games. How can you judge anybody with 1 or 2 games? That will be very unfair. If the statement is about those two boys then it is unfair,” Pragyan Ojha added.