Indore, Oct 14: "Captain Cool" MS Dhoni hit an unbeaten 92 against South Africa in the 2nd ODI here at Holkar Stadium today and his fans celebrated and used the opportunity to slam the critics, on social media.
In recent time, Dhoni has been in tremendous pressure. There has been criticism of his batting and also captaincy. Many felt he should give up the captaincy to Virat Kohli. However, Dhoni has answered in the best possible way today.
On Wednesday, with India in trouble at 82/3 in 18 overs, Dhoni came out to bat and when he left the playing arena he had scored a magnificent 86-ball 92 not out (7x4, 4x6). Thanks to Dhoni's 60th ODI half century, India had a fighting total - 247/9 in 50 overs.
The 34-year-old Dhoni, who has millions of followers on social media and outside as well, gave plenty of reasons for his fans to celebrate.
Former cricketers also praised Dhoni for batting well under pressure. VVS Laxman, Aakash Chopra, Sanjay Manjrekar and Tom Mooday took to Twitter to appreciate the knock.
Here are some of the tweets in appreciation of Dhoni and also slamming his critics
Hats off MS Dhoni. This magical skill of yours amazes me EVERYTIME 🎉 92* of 86 is terrific in such a situation !— MSD ✨ (@Srijeeta7) October 14, 2015
Each run he scored today is slap for Haters and Critics !Shutting Criticism Calmly is Dhoni Style! pic.twitter.com/oaT2cdmf4i— Bleed DHONIsm ♥ (@DHONIism) October 14, 2015
On ur face haters.U questioned Dhoni's place in the team,he has shown u why he is ur daddy!!Take a bow Mahi!! 92* when it mattered the most.— manish kumar ツ (@ManishSEO) October 14, 2015
You believe or not but Dhoni is a much better cricketer than Virat Kohli in every aspect.— Shweta Tiwari (@imshwetatiwari) October 14, 2015
Dhoni has answered his critic's in style with 92* runs and last ball six...MSD:The Saviour! ...Ajit aggarkar just got babaji ka thullu :P— Ashwarya Chauhan (@ChauhanAshwarya) October 14, 2015
When #Dhoni retires ?? team situation will be same lyk the team which is between dada and dhoni captaincy.— San Reddy (@sanreddy07) October 14, 2015
What an amazing innings played by Dhoni.. Well done 👏 👏 👏 👍 it's an answer to all those who want him to retire...— Tanya Shrivastava (@tanyavikas) October 14, 2015
A 2 min silence for all those who said Dhoni should retire frm cricket or shud step down frm captaincy...... #IndvsSA— Aabhas Kumar (@I_m_Aabhas) October 14, 2015
Answered his critics in styleee. Dhoni!! The lone warrior. He kept batting, even when wickets fell on the other side #dhoni— Swathi Venkatesan (@swathi_v96) October 14, 2015
Tweets from former cricketers
Well played @msdhoni fabulous innings under pressure.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 14, 2015
Today's knock shows that Dhoni still has a lot to offer to Indian cricket...but at #4...he must find a way to bat there in ODI. #IndvSA— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 14, 2015
Dhoni the batsman comes good today. But may still not be good enough for Dhoni the captain. Not enough on the board. Over to you, bowlers.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 14, 2015
Dhoni, quite selflessly, served Indian cricket by batting at 5-6 over the years...he needs someone else to do this for him now. Anyone?— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 14, 2015