Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Dhoni looses his cool on critics, says 'everybody has views in life'

Earlier, the former cricketer, Virender Sehwag countered the criticism directed towards Dhoni and clarified that team India is yet to find his flawless replacement.

Shastri too echoed Kohli's sentiments by saying, some "jealous" people wished to see the end of Dhoni's worldwide career.

However, Ganguly felt the pair needed to tell India's senior-most player to express himself more freely if they were to derive the most out of Dhoni's batting.

In a storied career, Dhoni has played 90 Tests, 309 ODIs and 83 T20Is. "I don't understand why people are pointing him out". He has vast ability. The cricket legend, under whom India won its first World Cup, said that he expects Dhoni to be a vital role in the Team India during the T20 World Cup which will take place in 2020. (It is) something I learned while playing tennis ball cricket on the streets of India. "I don't need them to play helicopter shots since they could get harmed". After Dhoni's "slow" performance in the T20 series against New Zealand, critics and veteran cricketers like Ajit Agarkar, V.V.S Laxman, etc, are after Dhoni's career and are suggesting that the ace cricketer should retire now.

Even as the debate has raged on about his future, Dhoni remained unruffled.

Dhoni was in the bustling metropolis to launch his global cricket academy, inaugurating the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy - his first worldwide academy, in association with Dubai- based Pacific Ventures. "Everybody has views in life and it should be respected", Dhoni said in Dubai on Saturday. "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. At the same time, how you stand up to criticism, and how you have an open mind about learning and improving yourself".

"Representing the country is the best motivation for me", he pointed out.

The sparkling cricket academy comprises of four turfs, three cement and three matted pitches, spin and swing bowling machine, safety nets, lights for night practice, in-house sports shop for quality cricket gear and video analysis. Shouldn't the 36-year-old player, who has lead India to some great victories, be allowed to step down gracefully? But in a lifespan, say you live for 70 years, 10-15 years is nothing. "The biggest motivation is being part of the Indian cricket team". "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". "At the end of the day when the match gets over, if I look into the mirror and say to myself that I have tried my best, then I am satisfied".

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