Watch: Virat Kohli’s Scathing Attack on MS Dhoni’s Critics

‘Don’t get emotional or excited from opinions of people who are looking at things from a different point of view.’

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Firstly, I don’t understand why people are only pointing him out. I am not able to understand this. If I fail as a batsman three times, no one is going to point a finger at me because I not over 35.
Virat Kohli

With scores of 0, 49 and 7 in his last three T20 outings, MS Dhoni has found the favour of Indian cricket critics who have gone as far as to suggest his removal from the format entirely.

Following the T20 series win on Tuesday night in Thiruvananthapuram though, when Virat Kohli was asked to clarify Dhoni’s ‘contribution to the team’, the captain did not mince his words while defending his senior colleague.

The guy is fit, he is passing all the fitness tests, he’s contributing to the team in every way possible - tactically on the field, with the bat. Look at the SL and Australia series, he did really well. In this series, he hasn’t got much time to bat. You have to understand that the position he comes out to bat, even Hardik could not score in that game. Then why are we only pointing out one man? As team members and management, we understand the situation that people go in to bat in. We don’t get emotional or excited from opinions of people who are looking at things from a different point of view. When you are on the field, you understand what the wicket is behaving like and what situation you are in. I think he is doing absolutely fine. He is working hard on his game. He understands his role. You know he hit a six in Delhi and it was showed five times in the post-match show and everyone got really happy. Suddenly he doesn’t score in one game and we are after his life. People need to be a bit more patient. He is a guy who understands where his cricket is. He is a very smart guy. He understands where he stands, with his body and his game. I don’t think anyone else has the right to decide that for him.
Virat Kohli
MS Dhoni with his Indian team-mates after the series win in Thiruvananthapuram
MS Dhoni with his Indian team-mates after the series win in Thiruvananthapuram
(Photo: BCCI)

Virat’s reference to the 'people who are looking at things from a different point of view’ could also have been a direct reply to VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag who have both spoken out against MS Dhoni in the last week.

Dhoni requires more time to get his eye in and then do the job. But today [Saturday] was a classical example because when Virat Kohli was batting, Dhoni had to give strike to Kohli. Kohli’s strike rate was 160, MS Dhoni’s strike rate was 80. That’s not good enough when India were chasing a mammoth total. I still feel it’s time for MS Dhoni to give youngsters a chance in T20 format. It will be an opportunity for a youngster to blossom and get confidence playing international cricket. He is definitely an integral part of ODI cricket.
VVS Laxman

Sehwag, while speaking on India TV said Mahendra Singh Dhoni needed to get going from ball one while chasing big totals and asked the Indian team management to brief the under-pressure player about his role in the T20 team.

Dhoni should realise his role in the team. He has to change the momentum early while chasing a strong total. He has to score from ball one and the team management should make him understand this point.
Virender Sehwag on India TV

This, right on the heels of Dhoni scoring 49 off 37 balls in the second T20 that India lost. Dhoni’s was the second-highest score in the team.

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