Criticizing from your couches is easy, but getting on to the ground and doing the same will be the most difficult task for anyone.
No one will dare to talk after getting a first-hand experience like they do watching and yelling from the comforts home.
Unpardonable are the trolls without thoughts and unpardonable are the abuses hurled on most respected personalities. The fact is that they do it for the sake of doing it.
Since the beginning of 2019, the haters of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the most illustrious captain India had ever had, were sleeping behind their couches as they had no subject to touch upon.
One rare failure of Dhoni in the match against Afghanistan was enough for them to wake up from deep slumbers cry for his head. It was fuelled by a comment against Dhoni by legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
The former India captain was fortunate to survive a close call against West Indies, but he capitalised on the opportunity to hand his haters a fitting reply with a late flourish.
Former cricketer VVS Laxman pointed out that Dhoni must show intent from the first ball he faces but hailed him to the core for his knock against West Indies.
Every batsmen have their own choices and ways to perform and that always keeps changing. Can’t expect, the present Dhoni to be the same as he was a decade ago.
Understand the fact that he is vital fulcrum of Team India and if anyone had listened to what the Indian skipper said after the match, there should be no more noise against Dhoni anymore.
Speaking after the match the Indian skipper mentioned not to touch Dhoni saying that the former captain has all the support from team management to play the way he wants.
“Dhoni knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. When he has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking. We always back him. He has won us so many games,” Kohli said in his post-match comments.
“The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs, he knows exactly how to get them. His experience, 8 out of 10 times has come good for us.
“We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket and follow their game plans. He has such a keen understanding of the game. He is a legend of the game. We all know that.”
Kohli’s message to Dhoni haters can’t be clearer than that and it is a way to say to stay off the former captain.
Meanwhile, KohIi expressed happiness on India’s performance so far.
“I can’t complain, we just became No. 1 ODI team as far as rankings are concerned, to be honest, we are playing that way for a while, need to continue that way. Things haven't gone our way with the bat in the last two games, but we have still done well to win, that's being the most pleasing thing,” he said.
On his own man of the match performance, Kohli said: “I am happy with my own contribution as well. I look to play in my own way, happy to take the ones and twos which I think is a big factor in ODI cricket. Two difficult pitches, I’m happy with my contribution and look forward to doing more of the same in the future.”
He also hailed Hardik Pandya and Dhoni. “Hardik played really well and MS finished strongly. When those two play in that way, we always get to a good total.”
West Indies skipper Jason Holder on the other hand blamed his side’s poor batting and fielding.
“I thought the bowlers did a fantastic job on this surface, but we let ourselves down with the bat. We also missed a crucial moment (Dhoni’s stumping),” said Holder.
After being ousted from World Cup, Holder went on to say, “We let ourselves down significantly in this tournament. We missed chances in the field which cost us dear. Batting was also too inconsistent. However, can't fault the bowlers. Need to improve.”
“Fielding, definitely has to improve. So must the batting to make a mark in this format,” Holder said.