Former Indian cricketers VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar harshly criticized MS Dhoni for his average performance against New Zealand in Rajkot on Saturday and said it was time for the Indian team to look for other options in Twenty20 cricket. Chasing a 197 mammoth in the second T20I in Rajkot on Saturday, India did not reach the goal by 40 runs. The skipper Virat Kohli criticized the hitters saying they were not “good enough”. Dhoni joined Kohli in the fold when India had 67/4 in 9.1 overs. While Kohli was reaching the limits at will, the former captain of India found it difficult to get going. Dhoni scored the first four runs on 5 balls, was on 8 after playing 9 balls and took 18 balls to score 16, which changed the momentum in New Zealand’s favor.
“In T20s, the role of MS Dhoni is in No 4. It takes more time to get in and then do the work, but today [Saturday] was a classic example because when Virat Kohli was struggling, Dhoni had to strike a blow Kohli’s attack rate was 160, MS Dhoni’s unemployment rate was 80. That’s not enough when India pursues a gigantic total, “Laxman said in a post-match program.
“I still feel it is time for MS Dhoni to give the little ones a chance in T20 format, it will be an opportunity for a young man to flourish and have confidence playing international cricket, he is definitely an integral part of ODI cricket.”
Dhoni ended up scoring 49 of 37 balls, but he increased the bet and improved his scoring index only in the 19th and 20th place of the innings, when India was almost out of the competition.