Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Syed Kirmani expressed his unhappiness over MS Dhoni’s criticism on peformance. Chennai Super Kings’ skipper MS Dhoni has not been in the best form during the ongoing season of IPL, which has been one of the reasons why Super Kings are languishing at the bottom of the table. Syed Kirmani backed the 39-year old for his inabilities due to age and slammed the critics.
Not only is MS Dhoni’s form with the bat concerning, but critics have also questioned his batting position in certain games. The former Indian captain had come to bat in IPL 2020 when the Super Kings have a lot to do and ultimately end up losing. So far, the veteran cricketer has 112 runs in seven games at a reasonable strike rate of 131.76. As for the team, the three-time champions have lost five out of seven games.
Syed Kirmani admitted that there is a time in every player’s career to zoom up and there is one to go down as well. He reckons that due to age things change; however, one should not ignore MS Dhoni’s achievements for both the Indian team and IPL. Kirmani added that he was once the best finisher of the game and is now returning from a lengthy sabbatical.
“There is a time in the career of every player to escalate, similarly there is also a time to come down. Things change with time, I take pity on those who are criticising Dhoni for his performance. We must not forget that Dhoni had been one of the best finishers of the game at one point of time. He is returning to cricket after a long sabbatical and it has impacted Mahi’s (Dhoni) performance in this IPL season,” Kirmani told PTI.
“At this age people don’t have that much agility left” : Syed Kirmani
The 70-year old further stated that cricketers do not have much flexibility and agility after a certain age. Furthermore, he acknowledged the uncertainties regarding the future and one has to accept it.
“At this age people don’t have that much agility left, compared to youngsters. Besides, a player has lots of tension regarding his future endeavours. It’s natural and obvious and we must accept it,” he added.