India’s wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni slammed his critics, who called for his retirement from T20 International cricket, with much ease saying: “Everybody has views in life and it should be respected.”
Recently, some former cricketers, including Ajit Agarkar and VVS Laxman, raised questions on Dhoni’s presence in the Indian cricket team.
Although captain Virat Kohli and many from the young generation camp came in support of Dhoni, the 36-year-old India’s World Cup-winning captain tackled his critics very calmly.
“The biggest motivation is being a part of the Indian cricket team. You have seen cricketers who are not god-gifted, but even then, they have gone far. That’s because of the passion. The coaches need to find that out. Everybody doesn’t play for the country,” the veteran said at an event in Dubai.
Under the captaincy of Dhoni, India won the inaugural World T20 title in 2007 that was followed by ODI World Cup victory in 2011. Revealing his success mantra, the cricketer said he focuses on process rather than results in games.
“I have always believed that process is more important than results. I never thought about results, I always thought about what is the right thing to do at that point of time, whether 10 runs needed, 14 runs needed or 5 runs needed.”
“I was always so engrossed in the process that I never took the burden of thinking what if the result doesn’t go my way,” he continued.
(With inputs from agencies)