Home > Features >

7 criticisms faced by MS Dhoni from former players

MS-Dhoni-of-India-leaves-the-field-for-lunch-during-day-one-of-the-2nd-Test-match-be-1
MS Dhoni has to step up and prove his worth in the final Test at The Oval © Getty Images

India’s have had a torrid couple of weeks since their memorable win at Lord’s. They lost the next two Tests — at Southampton and Manchester — in shocking fashion, and head to The Oval trailing 1-2 behind England. The criticism faced by MS Dhoni has been overwhelming to say the least. Shiamak Unwalla looks at seven criticisms faced by Dhoni in recent times.

1. “If he (Dhoni) did back down from Test cricket, India wouldn’t miss his strange, often weird, tactics. His selections are illogical when finding the appropriate balance in picking enough specialist players to out-skill the opposition over long periods.” – Martin Crowe in Cricinfo.

2. “A lot of MS Dhoni’s captaincy throughout this series has been questionable. It seems to me that he is trying to do things that people say he shouldn’t do just to prove them wrong. That is the impression I get.” – Michael Holding in Wisden India.

3. “You can always lose, that is fine, but you go down fighting. I did not find him [MS Dhoni] do that. To me the captain has lost his usefulness and it is time for him to go.” – Ian Chappell slamming Dhoni’s captaincy in the ongoing series as only he can.

4. “Bizarre and weird. No common sense or logic whatsoever.” – Shane Warne on MS Dhoni’s unusual bowling changes and field placements in the ongoing Test series against England.

5. “I am not a big fan of Dhoni, but I must surely say that no one has ever enjoyed so much of power and authority from the cricket body. I believe that not even the great Tiger Pataudi or Sunil Gavaskar had ever enjoyed this kind of power. As a leader, Dhoni is not accessible to his teammates. This has been said by his teammate, none other than VVS Laxman.” Bedi said in January 2014 at a book launch referring to Laxman’s quote during his retirement.

6. “His Test captaincy has been obnoxious. But changing captains now will unsettle the team. His place is not in doubt in Test cricket, but Dhoni needs to set the overseas record right.” – Sourav Ganguly following India’s 1-0 Test series defeat in New Zealand in 2014.

7. “I think he’s got to realise this very quickly, that if he wants to win Test matches abroad, he’s got to risk it all. He’s got to take that chance that he’s going to have to lose some Test matches. The only way you can win abroad is to take a few risks, take a few gambles.” – Rahul Dravid in Cricinfo following India’s 1-0 Test series defeat in New Zealand in 2014.

Catch all the coverage of India’s tour to England here

(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Ind vs Aus: Dhoni analyses the 4-wicket loss at Brisbane

Akshar Patel picked far too early for Test cricket

Live Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round 3, Day 2 — All matches: Yuvraj Singh scores 2nd century in his 2nd Ranji game this season

Shahid Afridi, please do not take the innocence away from cricket

South Africa vs West Indies 2014-15: Is Jason Holder a captain or a stooge?

Can Eoin Morgan change England’s limited-overs fortunes?

Australia India Interviews Moments in history Ricky Ponting

South Africa not worried about Test rankings, says Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla

Younis Khan: Was not easy to make name under Saeed Anwar, Basit Ali, Rashid Latif and Moin Khan

ICC World Cup 2015: Punter ejection in Big Bash League puts organisers on high alert

India vs Australia 2014-15: DRS can be used in event of “howlers”, says Ravi Shastri

India vs Australia 2014-15: VVS Laxman preferred Pragyan Ojha as Ravindra Jadeja’s replacement

Akshar Patel picked far too early for Test cricket

ICC World Cup 2015: Will India’s trend of performing against expectations continue?

Moin Khan: Pakistan must carry momentum in ICC World Cup 2015

West Indies tour of South Africa 2014-15: One-sided encounters may suck interest out of series

India tour of Australia 2014-15: Can Australia make it 12 wins in a row at home?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

683 Posts | 6 Fans

Mitchell Johnson's 37 wickets against England in Ashes 2013-14

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here