BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Friday launched a stunning attack against people, who were conspiring against former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In a rare post on India’s cricketing matter, Swamy wrote that ‘ungrateful wretches’ were ill-treating one of India’s most successful captains out of sheer ‘jealousy.’
“The treatment of M.S.Dhoni is reflective of the ingrained jealousy of Indians. Ungrateful wretches!” Swamy wrote in a rare tweet on a sporting controversy.
The treatment of M.S.Dhoni is reflective of the ingrained jealousy of Indians. Ungrateful wretches!
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) October 25, 2019
Subramanian Swamy’s unusual support for MS Dhoni came after India’s chief selector announced the teams for Bangladesh series. Dhoni’s name did not feature in the T20 squad as selectors included Rishabh Pant as the wicketkeeper-batsman in the side. Speaking to reporters, India’s chief selector MSK Prasad said, “This is our clear thought process that post-World Cup we are focusing on Rishabh Pant only. I made it very clear that we are moving on.”
He added, “We are giving opportunities to youngsters and see that they establish themselves in the side. With Rishabh doing so well and even Sanju Samson coming into the side (as back-up wicketkeeper), I am sure you must be understanding (of) our thought process.”
Prasad’s comments made it clear that Dhoni’s career was truly over. The former India captain, who took Indian cricket to new heights, represented the national team in 538 games across all formats.
India’s squad for T20I series against Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma(Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant(wk), Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 24, 2019
The newly-elected BCCI chief, Sourav Ganguly, had recently told reporters that he had not taken any firm decision on Dhoni’s India future saying that ‘everyone will be respected.’ Ganguly had said that ‘Champions don’t finish quickly.” He added, “I don’t know what’s on his mind. When I was left out, I prepped and came back to play for four years.
Dhoni, who has not played for India since India’s semi-final defeat in this year’s World Cup in England, led India to the World T20 title in 2007, the 50-over World Cup title in 2011, and Champions Trophy crown in 2013.