Sidhu urges fans to get off Dhoni's back

He is a once-in-a-generation cricketer, the former India opener said of the beleaguered captain.

Navjot Singh SidhuMAHENDRA Singh Dhoni has been in the firing line for some time now and it has only worsened with India's performance in the series against England.

Former India opener Navjot Singh Sidhu feels the team should be judged on its merit and the captain should not be held responsible for the crisis.

"Dhoni, as the captain of the Test team, brought you the No. 1 Test rankings. There are several (great) players who are not there. There is no Kumble, bring him to the side and you will win the series," Sidhu told Mail Today.

"So will you judge Dhoni by the resources he has or will you judge Dhoni because he is losing now? Take away the cause, the effect will cease. I know the value of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He does not have to prove anything. He is once in a generation cricketer, learn to respect him. Don't insult him."

He said things could've been different had India made opportunities count. "Dhoni and Virat Kohli batted brilliantly and mentally the England team was down. But they could not finish it. Suddenly you have given it away on a platter in 30 minutes," he said about India's collapse on Day 3.

Sidhu believes England came better prepared for the series and grew in confidence as it progressed.

"They came prepared. Look at the record of (James) Anderson in the sub-continent before this tour. It was appalling. But look at his record this time. It is because he has realised he will not get the natural swing here that happens in England. It is going to be the speed and reverse swing here. And see how he has impacted the series," he said.

"But England never had the belief, otherwise why would they not play (Monty) Panesar in the first match? It was the partnership between Cook and Pietersen in Mumbai that gave them the belief."

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