IPL 2020: Former India wicket-keeper batsman supports under-fire MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni is being criticized for failure with the bat this season. In IPL 2020, whenever Dhoni has come out to finish a game for his team, he failed to do so. 

Former India wicket-keeper batsman Syed Kirmani has backed Dhoni and said he shouldn’t be questioned at this point in his career.

From CSK’s first loss in the tournament against Rajasthan Royals to the recent one against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Dhoni couldn’t take the team over the line like he used to do once. His side, Super Kings are currently at number six position in the points table with five losses and just two wins. It seems like nothing is going right for them.

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“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 criticizing Dhoni for his performance,” Kirmani told PTI.

“We must not forget that Dhoni had been one of the best finishers of the game at one point in time. He is returning to cricket after a long sabbatical and it has impacted Mahi’s (Dhoni) performance in this IPL season.”

The 39-year-old Dhoni is playing a competitive cricket tournament after over a year. He last played in the World Cup 2019, which India lost in the semifinal. 

“At this age, people don’t have that much agility left, compared to youngsters. Besides, a player has lots of tension regarding his future endeavors. It’s natural and obvious and we must accept it,” Kirmani said.

(With PTI Inputs)

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