MS Dhoni on criticism: Everybody has views and it should be respected

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Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri feels that senior pro M.S. Dhoni is an "ultimate team man", and says some "jealous" people want him to have a "couple of bad days" as they are "waiting to see" his worldwide career come to an end. However, captian Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri, legendary cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Syed Kirmani did not agree with them.

Recently, Sehwag had said Dhoni needs to attack from ball one in the the shortest format of the game.

"His record in T20Is is not that good compared to ODIs".

"First, I don't understand why are people only pointing him out, I'm not able to understand this". He has huge ability. "At the end of the day, once the match gets over, if I look into the mirror and honestly say that I tried my best, then I can accept the result", explained Dhoni.

"(It is) something I learnt while playing tennis ball cricket on the roads of India. He has to play T20Is freely. Former players point out and analyse the failures because they are at liberty to talk.

Ever since the India vs New Zealand 2nd T20, Dhoni has been drawing flak for his slow innings when the team had to score more than 12 runs per over. His 37-ball 49 raised questions as it elevated the required run rate in India's chase of 197, even as Kohli struck a more aggressive 65 off 42 on a flat pitch.

Even as the debate has raged on about his future, Dhoni remained unruffled.

Dhoni was in Dubai on the inauguration of his Cricket Academy in association with Dubai- based Pacific Ventures.

Talking to a leading daily, Dhoni quoted, "Everybody has views in life and it should be respected". "At the same time, how you stand up to criticism, and how you have an open mind about learning and improving yourself". "Everybody doesn't play for the country", he said. "Representing the country is the best motivation for me".

One of Gavaskar's pet theories is people invariably go at a player touching 30 years and are charitable to youngsters who may not have anything to show by way of performance for long stretches. But in a lifespan, say you live for 70 years, 10-15 years is nothing. "We train players in such a way that right from the start, we always motivate them to stay focussed only on the game, and not have any external influences".

Dhoni, then a ticket inspector with the Indian Railways, had escaped all attention bar the odd whisper among the followers of club cricket in Kolkata until he was 23 when he blasted two centuries in a triangular 50-over tournament for India A in Nairobi in 2004. "And I've always believed in the fact that process is more important than the result, so, I've not thought about the result, I've always thought about what is the right thing to do at that time, when it is 10 runs needed, 14 runs needed or five runs needed".

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