Parasports July 18, 2019
Dhoni is India’s pride & should stay – India’s para cricketers root for the legend
Over the past few weeks, there has been a raging debate over whether M S Dhoni should step down after his below par performance especially in the World Cup. But he has strong support among the para cricket players who have been closely following Dhoni’s journey.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs no introduction to cricket lovers across the world. India’s former skipper has proved that with hard work, grit and determination, one can achieve anything. But India’s ace cricketer finds himself in the shadows after below par performance in the last few matches and demands for him to take a backseat are rising. However he has strong support among India’s disabled cricketers.
One of his biggest admirers is Suvro Joarder, captain of India’s Physically Challenged Cricket Team.
Dhoni must not quit international ODI cricket for another two years. He has been playing well in the middle order and that is why the management has put him there. I feel that Dhoni has played well in all the world cup matches except for the one against Pakistan. No one else can do what he has done in the field of cricket. Undoubtedly, there is no player who can replace him especially in the middle order because we are weak there as a team. We definitely need him-Suvro Joarder, Captain, Indian Physically Challenged Cricket Team
Critics have been pointing out that Dhoni’s batting is going from bad to worse and way past his earlier form when he was a match winner. When there are many youngsters who are exceptionally talented waiting to create a space in the Indian team, why does the BCCI keep him is a question that has been lingering in the minds of many people now.
Shekhar Naik, former vice-captain of India’s blind cricket team feels Dhoni must quit, but only after the next World Cup i n 2023. “The whole controversy surrounding Dhoni is quite unfair. Dhoni is and always will be the backbone of Indian cricket. Despite all that, people are trying to pull him back which is disheartening” Naik says Dhoni remains a key player given his experience. “
However, Shivprasad S, vice-captain of India’s wheelchair cricket team, believes otherwise. He says Dhoni must make way for newer players like Rishab Pant soon.
“I have been following Dhoni’s cricket career from the start. I guess he still has a year more to play international cricket. His journey is definitely inspiring but I guess Pant can replace him”, says Shiv.
Dhoni’s fans and critics has mixed responses about his performances in the last few matches. But one cannot deny the fact that Dhoni has taken Indian cricket to bigger heights with his remarkable performances in international cricket. That is precisely the reason why he has fans from across the globe. Regarding whether he is here to stay or not, time will have to tell.
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