MS Dhoni faced a lot of flak after he could not take India to victory in the second India-New Zealand T20 in Rajkot on November 4. Among those critics were Ajit Agarkar and VVS Laxman, who hinted that MS Dhoni should make way for youngsters in the Indian T20 cricket team.
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Agarkar has since then been the target of rather nasty comments from trolls, who took the former Indian player’s case for commenting on MS Dhoni’s performance.
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“@imAagarkar comments on @msdhoni truely tells your personality. He is always a master of limited cricket . I think you must respect him. And your comments on dhoni are like local MLA commenting on PM’s job,” wrote a user named Shubham kawatra.
@imAagarkar comments on @msdhoni truely tells your personality. He is always a master of limited cricket . I think you must respect him. And your comments on dhoni are like local MLA commenting on PM’s job— Shubham kawatra (@kawatra_shubham) November 10, 2017
In the Rajkot T20, India were at 67/4, needing 130 off 65 when Dhoni came on to bat. He got off to a sluggish start and found the fence only after playing nine deliveries. He did launch a couple of towering sixes but his run-a-ball effort to reach 28, meant India required 65 off the final 12 deliveries. He faced nine of those deliveries and added another 21 runs to his tally but India lost the match by 40 runs. India came back strong in the third T20 and won the series 2-1.
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Commenting on the performance, Agarkar said: “He’s come in to bat in the 10th over. How many times do you get to bat in a T20 game? So that’s enough time for any batsman. I think India need to look at other options for T20 cricket for sure, in one day cricket… It seems they’re happy with the role that he’s playing but in T20, when he was captain it was different, but just as a batsman, will India miss him? I don’t think so.”
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Here are some other comments from the trolls on Agarkar, who played 191 ODIs and 26 Tests for India from 1998 to 2007.
People who are asking to drop #MSDhoni firstly ask them what they have done for India they were good for nothing like @imAagarkar #akashchopra— karan (@karanohri1981) November 9, 2017
@imAagarkar u are not eligible to comment one the best cricket of India has ever produce. U can’t decide who will retired when. This is degrading ur image again and again— GYANA RANJAN BHUYAN (@imgyana4u) November 10, 2017
Wen u don’t have any work to do and u wnt to grab media attention, dat’s wen some players pop in eg. @imAagarkar.Dare u comment on @msdhoni— Pramod Singh (@itsme_pramod) November 10, 2017
@imAagarkar Mr. Just keep ur mouth shut u r nothing in front of Dhoni, and you r no1 to comment on his retirement, khud to team mei jgh bna nhi pae logo ke career pe comment krenge..— ashwani chawla (@ashwanichawla03) November 10, 2017