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Sushant Singh Rajput backs MS Dhoni, takes a dig at Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly had criticised Mahendra Singh Dhoni earlier this month, saying that the former India captain is not a good Twenty20 player anymore but Sushant Singh Rajput, who portrayed Dhoni in the 2016 film ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ came out in support of the Ranchi-born on Sunday.

cricket Updated: May 14, 2017 11:32 IST
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Sushant Singh Rajput portrayed Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 2016 film ‘MS Dhoni : The Untold Story’.(IANS)

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput took a dig at former India captain Sourav Ganguly after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s blistering innings that powered the Rising Pune Supergiant to a thrilling last-ball win against defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pune on Saturday evening.

Earlier this month, Ganguly had said that he does not think that Dhoni is a good Twenty20 player anymore.

“I am not too sure if Dhoni is a good T20 player. He is a champion ODI player but when it comes to T20 cricket, in 10 years, he has got one fifty and that’s not the best record,” Ganguly had told India Today.

The former left-handed batsman had commented after Dhoni failed to make an impact with the bat in the ongoing edition of the IPL.

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However, Rajput, who portrayed Dhoni in the 2016 biopic ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’, hit back without naming Ganguly and came out in full support of the wicketkeeper-batsman.

““Dhoni is not a .... “ what did you say ?? Wonder where are the Experts now. Proud of you mahi!!” tweeted Rajput.

The actor had earlier tweeted: “The fact that Dhoni is so harshly scrutinised shows his class &the standard he has set. It’s a matter of time &not hope his bat will answer.”

On Saturday, Dhoni laid to rest, at least for the moment, the heavy criticism he has been under. The veteran came good with his unbeaten 34-ball 61 blitz which included five boundaries and three sixes.

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Dhoni’s knock drew praise from all quarters including India skipper Virat Kohli and RPS captain Steve Smith.

Before Saturday’s game, the former India captain had been under stress to perform with the willow. In the five matches he had played, Dhoni had only mustered 61 runs with a highest score of 28.

But while chasing a challenging target of 177, RPS were in a spot of bother with two down for 87 in the 11th over when Dhoni walked in. The Ranchi-born took off slowly but kept accelerating as the innings progressed, eventually helping the home team reach home.

First Published: Apr 23, 2017 20:55 IST