After his finishing skills called into question by the critics, former Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni received a firm backing from spin legend Shane Warne on April 18, who feels that he doesn’t need to “prove anything to anyone”.
Removed from captaincy before the start of the 10th edition of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), MS Dhoni so far has had a quiet tournament for the Rising Pune Supergiant by his standards. He has scored only 61 runs in five games. Shane Warne today took to his official twitter account to back Dhoni, who has been a phenomenal limited-overs cricketer.
“@msdhoni does not have to prove anything to anyone, he’s class & a wonderful player in all formats. MS is also a great captain & inspires!”, Warne wrote on his twitter page.
.@msdhoni does not have to prove anything to anyone, he’s class & a wonderful player in all formats. MS is also a great captain & inspires !
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) April 18, 2017
Dhoni’s strike rate in the 10th IPL has been a dismal 87.14 with an average of a shade over 15. He has managed to hit only two sixes in five games. While he is still the undisputed No.1 keeper-batsman in the limited-overs format but inconsistent form over the past year has led to debated if he is still a potent match-winner.
Despite his underdog performance, in the last game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), he hit a humongous six to Yuzvendra Chahal that it went high in the air and landed on the roof of the stadium. Moreover, the ball never came back. Also, in the second innings, his amazing stumping to dismiss AB de Villiers in Imran Tahir’s ball was another stunner for the viewers in that game.
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