MS Dhoni not bothered by widespread criticism about his T20I form

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MS Dhoni not bothered by widespread criticism about his T20I form

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SportsCafe Desk

11/12/2017

MS Dhoni, in his cool and calm way, has resorted back to their critics those questioning about his T20 form and stated that everybody has their own views on life and that should be respected. The former India captain also added that being part of the Team India is the best motivation for him.

In Rajkot, Dhoni scored 49 runs off 37 balls at a strike-rate of 132.43 but his first 25 runs had come at a run-a-ball, which eventually took the asking rate beyond 15 runs an over. The former Indian captain struggled to hit the big shots against the spinners while at the same time, Kohli struck a brisk half-century. Dhoni's innings drew a lot of flak from some former Indian players including VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar, who went as far as to suggest Dhoni to call it quits from the shortest format of the game. On being asked about the same, the "Captain Cool", maintained his calmness and answered his critics in a polite manner.

"Everybody has views in life and it should be respected," said the former Indian skipper during the launch of the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy in Dubai on Saturday, reported Cricbuzz.

It is not a doubt that Dhoni has been caught up with various technical and mental fallacies, which forced him to bring a change to his vastly successful ODI doctrine. But amidst all that, the 35-year-old has still more than enough left in the tank to keep up with the physical demands of limited-overs cricket due to his adrenaline-powered surge between the wickets and still, when it comes to his glovework, there is hardly anyone who can come close to him in the current age. And Dhoni stated that his biggest motivation for the same comes from the feeling of being associated with the Indian team.

"It is representing the country which is the best motivation for me because we play cricket for only a span of time. You can play for one year to 15 years, some play 20 years, but in the life-span, let's say you live for 70 years, 10 to 15 years is nothing and that's the only time you can proudly say that I'm representing my country. The biggest motivation is being part of the Indian cricket team," the T20 and 50-over World Cup-winning captain said.

"I always feel you have to believe in your abilities and out of the 10 games, if you are winning six or seven that way, then it is the right thing to do. And I've always believed in the fact that process is more important than the result, so, I've not thought about the result, I've always thought about what is the right thing to do at that time, when it is 10 runs needed, 14 runs needed or five runs needed. So, I've always been engrossed with the process that I never took that burden of what if the result doesn't go my way. At the end of the day, once the match gets over, if I look into the mirror and honestly say that I tried my best, then I can accept the result," explained Dhoni.

Apart from an iceman-like attitude under pressure, Dhoni is also credited with the invention of the famous helicopter shot. He, however, said he would not be teaching the kids in his academy that shot just yet, as it was something which was very difficult to implement and he did not want them to injure themselves.

“The helicopter shot is something that I learnt when I was playing tennis-ball cricket on the various roads and gullies back in India,” remarked Dhoni. “But I realised that it is very difficult to implement it in a proper cricket game.

“In tennis-ball cricket, even if you hit from the toe of the bat, the ball will travel. But, in a proper game, it is important the ball hits the middle of the bat. It is a very difficult shot to play, also I don’t want them (the kids) to get injured. There is a very good chance of you hitting your ankle when you are trying to play that shot.”

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