At a time when MS Dhoni makes it to the headlines for wrong reasons more often than not, his former India teammate VVS Laxman has leapt in his defence. The former India batsman not only praised Dhoni but also said that the team is lucky to have him in the dressing room. Dhoni is facing criticism more often than not for his batting in the last one year or so.
While the veteran batsman has been scoring decently, it is his strike-rate in the crucial middle-overs that is making things tough for him. With age not really on his side, Dhoni has struggled to bat like he used to in his prime. But the team-management has constantly backed Dhoni and the latter has managed to deliver on most of the occasions.
“He (Dhoni) is the most experienced player and he always had the game-awareness. Dhoni is a kind of player who shares his knowledge with the youngsters. Not only batsmen, but bowlers also get benefit from Dhoni when they have a conversation. I think team India is very lucky to have MS Dhoni in the dressing room,” VVS Laxman told ANI.
Dhoni recently faced criticism for the 52-ball 28 runs knock against Afghanistan. On Thursday, he was batting in a similar manner against West Indies before shifting gears in the end. He eventually remained unbeaten on 56 and helped India post a competitive total of 268 for 7. In reply, West Indies were all out for just 143 to suffer a 125-run defeat.
India, meanwhile, have remained unbeaten in the World Cup so far. With 11 points from six games, they are pretty much in the last four. The Men in Blue are now gearing up to face hosts England for their next clash which will take place on June 30. A win against England will seal India’s place in the last four with two league games remaining.