IPL 2020: Twitterati bash CSK captain MS Dhoni for his comments on ‘youngsters lacking spark’

IPL 2020: Twitterati bash CSK captain MS Dhoni for his comments on ‘youngsters lacking spark’

The Super Kings' captain has had to face a lot of flak for his outrageous comments.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) skipper wasn’t a happy man after his team’s seven-wicket defeat on Monday against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The loss also took the Yellow Army to the bottom of the points table and they are on the verge of getting eliminated from the tournament with three wins thus far from 10 games.

Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 70 made sure that the Royals chase down the target of 126 with as many as 15 balls to spare. After the encounter, the 39-year-old Dhoni went on to criticise the youngsters, saying that they lacked ‘spark’.

“It’s fair enough [the criticism for not playing youngsters], this season we weren’t there. Maybe we didn’t see as much spark from some of our youngsters. Maybe going forward, we bring them in and they play without pressure,” Dhoni was quoted as saying in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Former Indian cricketer Kris Srikkanth wasn’t happy with Dhoni’s comments by any stretch of the imagination. The veteran stated that CSK’s team selections have been indifferent and players like Narayan Jagadeesan, who scored 33 on debut against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) haven’t gotten enough backing.

Srikkanth criticises MS Dhoni

“I won’t accept what Dhoni is saying. This talk of process, process… I won’t agree with that. You’re talking about process, but the process of selection itself is wrong. A guy like Jagadeesan… you’re saying youngsters don’t have spark, does Kedar Jadhav have spark? Did Piyush Chawla show spark?

“Come on, this is all ridiculous, I will not accept his answers today. By going on and on about the process, CSK’s tournament is going to end. By saying that they will give opportunities from now to youngsters… come on, Jagadeesan showed some spark,” Srikkanth said.

CSK are next set to play against Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians (MI) on October 23 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. If the Super Kings don’t make the playoffs it will be the first time when the franchise would be falling short of the second round in the history of the IPL.

In the meantime, the fans on Twitter aren’t happy with Dhoni’s outrageous comments on the young players. They lashed out at him for not showing faith on players like Jagadeesan and bringing back Kedar Jadhav despite repeated failures.

Here’s how the netizens reacted: