The 2nd ODI at Lords between England and India saw Mahendra Singh Dhoni become the 4th Indian batsman to score 10000 runs in ODI cricket. The 37-year old former captain is also the second wicketkeeper to reach the milestone, ahead of him is Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara. Another feather was added to Dhoni’s cap when he took Joss Buttler behind the stumps off Umesh Yadav. With that catch, he became the first Indian wicketkeeper to take 300 catches in ODI.
However, things didn’t go well that day and the former captain couldn’t carry the team to a win despite coming in early. India couldn’t keep up with the asking rate and lost the match way before it ended. The 37 runs off 59 deliveries from the 37-year old became an easy target for the critics who are questing his selection in the shortest format of the game and his role as a finisher. Dhoni’s form has dipped in the recent times and he has not been able to finish off a couple of games in the past especially in the style he is famous for.
A lot of criticism followed after his slow knock in the second ODI and now Murali Karthik, a former teammate and an expert on the ongoing series, took Twitter to shut down the haters. Karthik not only addressed him legendary but also indicated people that the 37-year old cannot be booked easily.
Here’s what he said-
“Everyone talks about @msdhoni batting no. 6&getting so many runs, does it mean our top order was fragile, no, but what the great man has done or shown not to the fans but to the team itself is the rock-solid belief that whatever be the RR required I will hunt it regularly LEGENDARY.”
MS Dhoni also etched his name in history by becoming the 3rd Indian cricketer to have 500 international appearances. The second T20I against England marked his 500th international appearance.