Australian great Shane Warne has jumped to the defence of out of form MS Dhoni after his efforts in T20 cricket had been criticised by Sourav Ganguly.
Dhoni has only scored 49 runs for Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017, but the Australian believes that the wicket-keeper batsman does not have to prove anything to anyone.
Warne tweeted: : “@msdhoni does not have to prove anything to anyone, he’s class & a wonderful player in all formats. MS is also a great captain & inspires!”
MS Dhoni has struggled in IPL 2017 for Rising Pune Supergiant with scores of 5, 11, 5 and 28 and is yet to make a meaningful contribution in the tournament.
Warne was responding to comments made by former Indian captain Ganguly, who told India Today: “I am not too sure if MS Dhoni is a good T20 player. He is a champion ODI player but when it comes to Twenty20 cricket, in 10 years, he has got one fifty and that’s not the best record.”
Dhoni helped India win the 2007 World T20 and the ICC World Cup in 2011 as well. He has featured in all T20 World Cups so far and has played 76 International matches in his career of nearly a decade duration. From 66 innings he has scored 1,209 runs but has just a solitary half-century with the highest score being 56.
Though Warne may consider him to be a great skipper, RPS owners appointed Steven Smith for IPL 2017.
Dhoni had previously helped the now defunct Chennai Super Kings win two IPL titles.
So are we witnessing the demise of MS Dhoni. It happens to everyone. Or is there more to come?