New Delhi: While Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not had the best World Cup tournament so far, the International Cricket Council has put up a video paying tribute to the Indian legend, calling him ‘not just a name!’
The ICC tweeted out the video on July 6, saying: “A name that changed the face of Indian cricket, a name inspiring millions across the globe, a name with an undeniable legacy. MS Dhoni — not just a name!”
The video shows players, both Indian and international, sharing their opinion of MSD, both as cricketer and as captain. It also shows moments from Dhoni’s eventful career, including the goosebumps-inducing final shot of World Cup 2011, which won India the title for the second time.
Jos Buttler, England’s wicket-keeper, says as a ‘fellow wicket-keeper, Mr Cool Dhoni was my idol, growing up’.
“He has lightning-fast hands behind the stumps, he is a great ambassador for the game. I am a huge MS Dhoni fan,” Buttler says.
Mohammad Shazad, Afghanistan wicket-keeper, makes an appearance to say: “MS is very cool man, I love him.”
In a touching tribute, skipper Virat Kohli says “Dhoni was the captain when I joined the team, and for me, he is always going to be my captain.”
Criticism for Dhoni has been growing louder as World Cup 2019 progresses, with many questioning his slow batting.
He was slammed particularly ferociously after the India-England match that India lost, when he kept taking singles as the required run rate climbed to 13 per over. Many, including Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, had questioned Dhoni’s ‘lack on intent’ in the match.
On July 5, Dhoni finally broke his silence on the issue, telling ABP News: “I don’t know when I will retire. But a lot of people want me to retire before tomorrow’s game (against Sri Lanka).”
The team, however, has backed him solidly, with both skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri speaking out in his support.
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