At a time when former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is facing the heat from several quarters for his knock in the second T20I against New Zealand in Rajkot early this month, he has received some much-needed support from an unlikely source – BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

The World Cup-winning skipper is facing widespread criticism for the knock in Rajkot which affected India’s chase and eventually resulted in defeat. Dhoni had walked into bat when India was in dire need of some quick runs after being reduced to 67 for four in the 10th over while chasing a mammoth 197.

However, the 36-year could not play according to the need and took his time initially, huffing and puffing to 17 off the first 20 balls he faced before hitting Ish Sodhi for a maximum to get his strike-rate over 100. He eventually managed to score 49 off 37, but it did not help India to chase down the total, as the hosts lost the game by 40 runs.

Since that knock, Dhoni has been facing the flak with the likes of VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar opining that the wicketkeeper-batsman should quit T20Is. But at the same time, he received support from the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Ashish Nehra, Virat Kohli and now Swamy has also thrown his support behind the under-fire star.

Controversially mentioning the ‘Dubai gang’ once again, he tweeted:

“Why this continuing targeting of Dhoni?Since he is brilliant&not amenable to Dubai gang? Nation must stand with this cricket renaissance man.”

Swamy had first used the word ‘Dubai gang’ when he had filed a petition in the Madras High Court challenging their decision to suspend Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in 2015. Swamy had perhaps wanted to refer to the betting mafia of Dubai with his Dubai gang jibe.

A copy of the petitioned filed by Swamy in 2015

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