MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir | GETTY
MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir | GETTY

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir spoke in defense of the veteran wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni. Dhoni got severely criticized after his rather uneventful innings in the second T20I encounter between India and New Zealand.

The debate on Dhoni’s place in the shorter format divided the cricketing world. While some asked for his step down from T20s, rest backed him to continue as of now.

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Gambhir looked impressed by MS Dhoni for his way of making things chilled to the lows of his career. “You need to give credit where (it’s due). (At times) People have criticized his (MSD’s) captaincy. What he has done for Indian cricket, not a lot of people have done that, especially the way he handled the lows. It is very easy to handle the highs.

“But the way he has handled the lows has been remarkable. Especially in Australia and England (2011-12) where we were hammered (4-0) and still being as calm as he was, not showing too many emotions, (for that) I think a lot of credit needs to go to MS,” Gambhir said during Kolkata Knight Rider’s weekly TV show Knight Club.

Gautam Gambhi rand MS Dhoni having a chat | GETTY
Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni having a chat | GETTY

Gambhir also revealed that he enjoyed a lot playing under Dhoni. Gambhir said that Dhoni used to keep things simple when he was the skipper of the team and that worked wonders for the players.

“I have played under Sourav (Ganguly), Rahul (Dravid), Viru (Virender Sehwag) and MS (Dhoni). I felt, I enjoyed a lot under MS. (We) had great fun; we are around the same age as well. He was pretty chilled out. He kept things very simple which was very good,” he said.

By Sihyeu Prakash Singh