Time and again, India skipper Virat Kohli has leapt in defence of his illustrious predecessor MS Dhoni. While MS Dhoni will go down in the history as one of the best players in the history of Indian cricket, the last one year or so has been turned out on an expected manner for him. The former India skipper, who led India to two World Cup titles, has been facing constant criticism

Dhoni had faced criticism from all around for his displays last year against England, in Asia Cup and against Windies at home.  There were calls even to drop him from the side as pressure grew on the veteran cricketer. In fact, speculations were rife that Dhoni’s days in the game are numbered after selectors did not pick him in the side for the T20I series against Windies and Australia.

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Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Credits: BCCI)

But during all those tough times, Kohli remained by Dhoni’s side and provided him with his full support. Kohli was not at all affected by the criticism faced by Dhoni and constantly provided his senior teammate the support he needed. Kohli has now opened up on the tough phase again, saying that the criticism was unfortunate. He said that people lack patience and take a shot at the players for every odd failure.

“That’s unfortunate. Honestly, I think people lack patience. An odd day here, a poor one there, and chatter becomes endless. But the fact is that MS Dhoni is among the smartest guys in the game. Behind the stumps, as I said, he’s priceless. It gives me the freedom to do my thing. Someone like MS is around with a wealth of experience,” Kohli told Cricbuzz.

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Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Credits: BCCI)
MS Dhoni with Virat Kohli (Credits: AFP)

Dhoni, meanwhile, has started 2019 on a stunning note. In Australia, he scored three back-to-back fifties to lead India to their first-ever bilateral series win Down Under. He also impressed on the tour of New Zealand before finishing this year’s IPL as Chennai Super Kings highest run-scorer. Dhoni will be looking to make the most of his current form in the upcoming World Cup.