In recent times, MS Dhoni’s place in the playing XI has always been under scrutiny. However, he has put all the criticism aside by his two consecutive match-winning innings under pressure situations.
In the second ODI when Team India was struggling at 131 for 7, Dhoni put a 100-run partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and completed the chase without any further damage. Again in the 3rd ODI, Mahi played well-composed innings of 67 off 86 balls when India was 61 for 4.
Following MS Dhoni’s fabulous batting display, his childhood coach Keshav Banerjee has questioned MSK Prasad for his remarks on one of the greatest ODI cricketers of all-time. After the limited-overs team selection, Prasad revealed that Dhoni isn’t the automatic choice and he will have to prove his worth to remain in the squad for 2019 World Cup.
As per the reports in Xtratime, Banerjee said, “Every selector has their own way of team selection procedure but my question is that why he has made this public. As much as I know Dhoni, if he feels that it’s time to hang his boots, he will retire without saying a word. A few days back when he was talking to me, he said sir jab time ayega, chor denge. Kisike liye wait nahin karenge.”
Banerjee even asserted that one should think before commenting on someone of MS Dhoni’s stature, he said, “He doesn’t have the authority to say such things against MS Dhoni. Prasad should ask himself that in how many matches he was a part of Indian playing XI. I am a friend of Mahi since the childhood days when nobody knew him. As far as I know him he will take his final call on retirement at the right time.”
Keshav concluded by revealing the Dhoni knows when to call it a day, he said, “I just want to ask a question that if Dhoni wanted to play 100 Test matches for India, he could do that, there was nobody who could have stopped him. He could still be the captain of the limited overs side but he didn’t. Dhoni always listens to his instinct. At the end of the day, he is a star performer and he always tries to give his best for the side. In the second ODI he gave Bhuvneshwar Kumar the chances to play all the shots freely, on the other hand, he just played the mentor’s role.”