MS Dhoni came under scrutiny for his poor strike rate in 2019 World Cup. He failed to replicate the finishers’ tag which he earned through plenty of performances. His worst came when he scored 50 off 72 balls against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semifinal, which eventually turned out to be the last match of his career.
RP Singh has shared the dressing room with the former India captain and knows how he operated. The former India fast bowler said that he had a farsighted approach and could read the game from the onset. He also said that Dhoni might have got signal to retire after his performance in 2019 World Cup.
“In the 2019 World Cup, he may have wanted to bat at number 4 but that was not done because of team management and in the lower order, he barely got a chance until the semi-final game. Oddly, he also was not able to finish off games the way he used to earlier. Maybe that also gave him the signal that he was reaching his end and he needed to take a call on his future,” RP Singh told Cricket.Com.
Dhoni made a big name for himself by making the country proud with his achievements after coming from the cricketing backwaters of Ranchi. He has achieved immense success as a player and also grew up to be one of the most successful captains and achieved almost everything the ICC tournaments had to offer.
All the success had made him one of the most influential person on the cricketing circuit but he was not the same when he was first introduced to the national team. Besides that, MS Dhoni has also been the go-to man for his teammates whenever he was on the field.
Dhoni understood the game well. He knew the strength of the side and backs his players accordingly. He did not takes any kind of frivolous decisions and likes to maintain his calm. It is due to these qualities Dhoni came up as one of the most calm and composed character on the cricket field.