Gautam Gambhir has come out in the defence of MS Dhoni after the former skipper faced immense criticism owing to his knock in the team's loss to New Zealand in the second T20I. Gambhir has stated that the way Dhoni has handled the lows has been remarkable, but people tend to forget that at times.
Dhoni’s form had come under a lot of scrutinies lately, particularly after the second T20I in Rajkot, where he took time to get going with India chasing a massive 197 runs. Dhoni did end up scoring 49 off 37, but his big hits came in the latter half of his innings when the cause was all but lost for India. That drew a lot of criticisms from the fans and experts alike, but Gambhir, known for his bitter-sweet relationship with Dhoni, made statements in Dhoni's defence and stated that credit should be given where it's due.
"You need to give credit where (it’s due). (At times) People have criticized his (MSD’s) captaincy. What he has done for Indian cricket, not a lot of people have done that, especially the way he handled the lows. It is very easy to handle the highs. But the way he has handled the lows has been remarkable. Especially in Australia and England (2011-12) where we were hammered (4-0) and still being as calm as he was, not showing too many emotions, (for that) I think a lot of credit needs to go to MS," Gambhir said during Kolkata Knight Rider's weekly TV show Knight Club.
Gambhir also revealed that Dhoni used to keep things simple when he was the skipper of the team and it worked wonders for the players.
"I have played under Sourav (Ganguly), Rahul (Dravid), Viru (Virender Sehwag) and MS (Dhoni). I felt, I enjoyed a lot under MS. (We) had great fun; we are around the same age as well. He was pretty chilled out. He kept things very simple, which was very good," he said.