Former New Zealand bowler Simon Doull, who is currently in UAE as a part of the commentary panel, has shut down a fan after the latter asked him not to criticise Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni on air.
The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has been facing criticism from several quarters for his performance in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The former India skipper has looked like a pale shadow of his former self in the competition.
MS Dhoni, who retired from international cricket in August this year, has managed to score 199 runs in 12 games at an average of just over 28. But more than the runs he has scored, it is his strike-rate that has invited criticism for him. Regarded as one of the greatest finishers of all time, the 39-year old has maintained a strike-rate of just 118.45 so far.
Unsurprisingly, the commentators have been critical of him. He has also faced criticism for his captaincy so far as CSK are languishing at the bottom of the points table.
Simon Doull’s reaction to the fan:
Coming to the incident, Simon Doull, on Tuesday, took to Twitter to post a picture of the message he received from an MS Dhoni fan on Instagram. In his message to Simon Doull, the fan told him:
“Dear Simon, please stop commenting on MS Dhoni! Hope you mind your own job. You have not done anything extra ordinary to criticize the great man! With all due respect please abstain from such habits!”
Simon Doull made sure to reply to the fan but he did on Twitter and not in the inbox as he wrote:
“Really sorry Pratik but in case you don’t understand the job of a commentator, it is to comment on the game and people playing it. Have a great day mate. “
— Simon Doull (@Sdoull) October 27, 2020
Meanwhile, CSK are already out of the playoff race. On Sunday, they became the first team to be eliminated from the playoff race after Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians. With just 4 wins from 12 games, the MS Dhoni-led side is currently at the bottom of the points table.
This is the first time in the history of the IPL that CSK will not take part in the playoffs. The three-time IPL winners have qualified for at least the playoffs in all the ten seasons they had played before the ongoing season.
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