MS Dhoni is regarded as one of the best captains in the history of the game. As the captain of the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni achieved almost every big trophy and led India to a glorious run during his time as the leader. In his long career as a captain, MS Dhoni helped many young cricketers cement their places in the team.
Many cricket fans and pundits believe that Dhoni has played a big role in Rohit Sharma’s career. He backed Rohit during his tough times and gave him enough opportunities to cement his spot in the team. In fact, it was also MS Dhoni’s decision to push Rohit to the opening spot in ODI cricket. And what a decision it has turned out to be.
However, many cricket fans believe that some players didn’t get the support they deserved, during MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Let’s have a look at some of those players.
1) Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan was once known as the ‘Sultan of Swing’ and he used to terrorize batters with his fast and swinging deliveries. He was one of the key members of the Indian cricket in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007. However, when he lost his form due to an injury, he couldn’t really make a comeback after that. He kept trying at the domestic level and also in the Indian Premier League but he just couldn’t his spot again. Irfan Pathan fans believe MS Dhoni didn’t give him the support and backing he deserved.
2) Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa was a very firebrand and aggressive batsman during his early days. He also played an important role in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 for India but lost his place in the squad soon after that. Although he is still playing cricket for his state and his franchise in the IPL, many believe that he has left his best behind. Like Irfan Pathan fans, Uthappa’s fans also believe that he deserved a longer-rope in the team and he didn’t get the due support.
3) Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar was one of India’s best fast bowlers till 2006-07. He had the pace and he could swing the ball both ways with almost no change in his action. Sourav Ganguly mostly used him as a strike bowler but MS Dhoni didn’t really invest his time and faith in Agarakar after he took over the captaincy. He was dropped from the team and could never make a comeback after that.
4) Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan arrived at the international scene with a big reputation of hitting monstrous sixes. He made his debut for India in the ICC World Cup T20 2007 but his talent came to limelight in the opening season of the Indian Premier League in which he played for the Rajasthan Royals. Yusuf was a part of India’s World Cup 2011 winning squad but he overlooked completely after that. Yusuf’s fans also have similar complaints from MS Dhoni.