first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s string of poor performances with the bat for his franchise Rising Pune Supergiant in the ongoing 10th edition of the Indian Premier League has drawn a lot of flak from the critics. (More IPL News)Dhoni, who was replaced with Australian Steve Smith as captain of the RPS team, has looked a pale shadow of his former destructing self. The 35-year-old has managed to score a paltry 61 with an average of 15.25 in the five matches he has played in this season.Dhoni’s poor run has also affected the performance of his team which is languishing at the bottom half of the table with four points from five matches. (Dhoni a champion ODI player, not too sure if he’s a good T20 cricketer: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Dhoni’s 61 runs are in stark contrast to Smith’s tally of 180 runs. Considering the former India captain’s poor form, there were growing voices from certain quarters which doubted Dhoni’s future as a T20 player.  However, Dhoni answered his critics to a certain extent on Sunday when he produced a sensational glove work to dismiss Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers. (I think MS Dhoni should try and play his natural game: Brett Lee to India Today)BCCI Image On the second delivery of the 11th over of the RCB innings bowled by South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Dhoni showed his class behind the stumps when he knocked off the bails in lighting speed even before de Villiers could thing of getting back into the crease.advertisementBCCI Image Dhoni’s glove work left the commentators and spectators in complete awe.In an another instance where Dhoni slammed the door on his critics’ face was when he scored a handy knock of 28 to help RPS get to a respectable total of 161 against RCB in Bengaluru.However, what grabbed all the attention was a mighty six from Dhoni off Yuzvendra Chahal in the 14th over of the RPS innings.Chahal bowled a full length delivery and Dhoni sensed the opportunity and danced down the track to send the ball out of the M Chinnaswamy stadium.Even David Warner, captain of the Sunrisers Hyderadad, was stunned by Dhoni’s astonishing hit and tweeted: “I just heard a bang on my window!! Was that the ball @msdhoni just hit from Bangalore wow boooooom.”I just heard a bang on my window!! Was that the ball @msdhoni just hit from Bangalore wow boooooom.- David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 16, 2017Both these instances prove that Dhoni still has the ability to do some things which many others find out of reach and that his criticism based on a few low scores was absolutely naive.Earlier, former India opener Virender Sehwag had cautioned people not to write Dhoni off on the basis of “three-four” poor scores.”The position at which he’s coming in to bat is very difficult. He is still the best at No. 5 or No. 6,” Sehwag had told ABP News. “There’s no doubt that he will be back in form sooner rather than later. There’s a lot of time left in the IPL. One should not judge a player of Dhoni’s stature just by the outcome of three-four games.”Recollecting Dhoni’s century against England in the ODI series last year, Sehwag said a player of his stature should not be judged on the basis of IPL.”He recently scored a match winning hundred against England. So I don’t think he’s out of touch. You can’t even imagine an Indian side going to Champions Trophy without Dhoni. Things like this can happen in a tournament like IPL,” he added.”IPL should not be a platform to judge an experienced player like Dhoni. It’s fine if you judge a youngster on the basis of IPL as it is difficult for a newcomer to showcase his talent in front of a huge crowd,” he had said.last_img read more