Former India cricketers VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar slammed MS Dhoni for his average performance against New Zealand at Rajkot on Saturday and said that it was time for Team India to look for other options in Twenty20 cricket.
Chasing a mammoth 197 in the second T20I at Rajkot on Saturday, India fell short of the target by 40 runs. Skipper Virat Kohli was critical of the batsmen saying they were 'not good enough'.
Dhoni joined Kohli at the crease when India were 67/4 in 9.1 overs. While Kohli was hitting boundaries at will, the former India captain was finding it difficult to get going. Dhoni scored first four runs in 5 balls, he was on 8 after playing 9 balls and took 18 balls to score 16, which shifted the momentum in New Zealand's favour.
"In T20s, MS Dhoni's role is at No 4. He requires more time to get his eye in and then do the job. But today [Saturday] was a classical example because when Virat Kohli was batting, Dhoni had to give strike to Kohli. Kohli's strike rate was 160, MS Dhoni's strike rate was 80. That's not good enough when India were chasing a mammoth total," Laxman said in a post-match show.
"I still feel it's time for MS Dhoni to give youngsters a chance in T20 format. It will be an opportunity for a youngster to blossom and get confidence playing international cricket. He is definitely an integral part of ODI cricket," he added.
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