Veteran Indian wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni has coped with a lot of criticism in the past few weeks. The only glitch in India's otherwise flawless campaign has been the criticism that former captain MS Dhoni has received over his strike rate (it's 93.30). "It's very unfair to criticise Dhoni. It has happened to those who have been rated as all-time greats. They are not going to be 20 all over again," quoted World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev, while defending Dhoni.
The biggest problem is the expectations
"The most important thing is Dhoni is doing good as far as the team is concerned. He may not be meeting the expectations of the public. The biggest problem is we expect so much from our heroes. He is doing a fabulous job for the team and an integral member of the thinktank,” he added.
"With an aggressive Virat (Kohli) as a captain, it's ideal to have someone with a calming effect like him. His wicket-keeping is good, and as I said, he can't be as good as he was when he was 20 or 23," felt the 60-year-old.
Naturally, the legendary all-rounder was happy to see India's stylish march to the semifinals by topping the group in the league stage. "I feel proud of our team. Things have changed a lot in the last few years and we are a major force in world cricket. It's great to see a team which is athletic and doing well on the field," Kapil said.
The man with 434 wickets in 131 Tests is impressed by India's current fast bowling department. "Not just (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammad) Shami has been excellent throughout the World Cup. A few years ago, no one expected Bumrah to reach this level. With a 10-yard run-up, it's not easy to clock 145kmph regularly. You need a lot of ability to generate speed. This guy is incredible," praised Kapil.
While talking about Kohli's captaincy, Kapil said: "As we all know, he is different from Dhoni and very aggressive. Every captain is unique. He has done extremely well in the World Cup."