Why is Dhoni so hated?

Over the last few months I have noticed on twitter and on various blogs that many people dislike Dhoni. These comments surface particularly when India lose, it seems if they lose its his fault. If they win its down to having a strong team, I am not sure how this works. On Tuesday night there were many comments on my twitter feed stating things like “Dhoni should be dropped,” “Yuvraj had cancer and was out for a year and he still plays better than Dhoni has all year.”
 
So I typed in Dhoni as a search term in twitter and it took my every person mentioning him, people wanted him dropped for not picking Harbhajan, and for not batting faster. I got the feeling that many people hate Dhoni. 
 
My personal opinion is that Dhoni is a big match player, who has a great ability to delivery when it matters. His innings in the world cup final should be remembered, where he had the weight of a billion people on his shoulders, yet he looked and played calmly. He knows how to chase down pretty much any score and will play according to the game, yes like any person he got it wrong in the T20 v New Zealand, everyone is due a mistake. His mistakes are normally when it does not matter as much. 
 
An argument I have heard a lot is that he has poor batting technique and is lucky he got a chance as a wicket-keeper even though his keeping is not great. Probably one of the most unorthodox batsman ever to have played, this is his style, which he has been highly successful doing. When he first came to the team he was purely a big hitter, he know has shown the other side of the game proving him well in test cricket also. 
 
 
Runs
Average
100’s
Catches
Stumping’s
Test
3692
38.45
(5)
194
30
ODI
6908
51.12
(7)
199
66
T20
587
30.89
(0)
15
5
 
 
In my eyes if he was not a good batsman he would not have been so successful at all levels of the game, his stats as keeper are not that bad either. 
 
I have also heard an argument that he killed off other great players career. Again if this was true would Ganguly or any of the other players have told us by now? There was a dispute between Chappell and Ganguly, but have you ever heard Ganguly implicate Dhoni? Further to this it is in the best interests of Indian cricket if slowly the older players are fazed out before their own legacy is ruined. It has also benefited the younger players, as it has given Kohli and Pujara a chance in the team. 
 
The last and main argument to beat Dhoni with is that he is not a good captain and that he is lucky at best. This has to be the most nonsensical argument I have ever heard. You can be lucky may be with one trophy, but to win the amount he has cannot be down to luck only. Maybe he has an element of luck about him, in that he has good players, but mostly it is said that you make your own luck. So far in his captain-ship he has won the World Cup, World T20 and guided India to no1 in the test rankings (albeit very briefly).  
 
Added to this as captain of CSK his IPL team he has guided them to 5 out of 5 semi finals, 4 times into the final and winning it on 2 occasions. This my friends does not seem like luck to me. Finally lets compare his stats to other Indian captains:
 
Test Match Captains:
 
Captain
Games as Captain
No of Games won
Win %
Dhoni
39
19
48.7
Ganguly
49
21
42.9
Azharuddin
47
14
29.8
Gavaskar
47
9
19.1
Kapil Dev
34
4
11.8
 
Dhoni has the highest win ratio out of any of his predecessors, undoubtedly Ganguly has been a great captain also but Dhoni could surpass him. Do not forget that this win ratio is still the highest despite India not winning a match in the last two away series, which is amazing.
 
ODI:
 
Captain
Games as Captain
No of Games won
Win %
Azharuddin
174
90
54
Ganguly
146
76
54
Dhoni
127
73
63
Dravid
79
42
53
Kapil Dev
74
39
54
 
Again Dhoni has the highest win% here but this is likely to decrease a little if he plays as many games as Azharuddin. It would take quite a few losses for him to end up with a lower win ratio than either Azharuddin or Ganguly. 
 
T20:
 
Captain
Games as Captain
No of Games Won
Win%
Dhoni
32
14
44
Raina
3
3
100
Sehwag
1
1
100
 
The stats of Sehwag and Raina should not be considered as they have played less than 10 games. Dhoni does not have a bad record here either just a bit less than half wins. There is always a chance for him to improve in all 3 formats.
 
I am not saying that he should be considered the best ever player or anything like that, but I believe he should be respected for what he has achieved. Undoubtably one of the best captains India has had. For me it would be a disaster if he decided to leave. If you are one of those people who dislike him so much please let me know why by leaving a comment. I would be greatly interested to know anything which I am missing. 
 
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20 thoughts on “Why is Dhoni so hated?

  1. He has guided India to a T20 W Cup is it? He also guided India to three T20 W Cup debacles. He has very successfully guided India to no 5 position. He keeps backing non performing players(R Sharma).

  2. We can all have our opinions. In my opinion he has done a pretty good job. Many may argue that it is also to with Gary Kirsten, I think together they had a golden period for Indian cricket. Sadly there the young players and Sehwag do not show enough talent, to replecate the great players of the past few years.

  3. now tell me under dravid's captancity in wc 2007 how much hs scored? eventhogh in the final match of 2011 wc gambir scored 97 no one notice that why? why dhoni only always hit winning shot ?

  4. Thanks for your comment anonymous. But before you comment again you should get your facts right. 2007 world cup india only played 3 games. N in one dhoni at number 6 did not get a chance to bat.

    All the players flopped.

    SEcondly Gambhir did gget out in the world cup final. It was a good innings, but he stupidly ran down the track and got himself out to a spinner after getting set.

    Due to his stupidness Dhoni had to rescue the team again, and he did.

  5. Easy for Pavan to say so, but suppose Dhoni and Yuvraj would have been out in back to back balls. What then? How dry would the team have been then, may I know Mr. Sunkara??

  6. It was due loosing 8 consecutive matches in England and Australia because of which people start disliking him. but leaving this thing apart he did very well for team india. and those senior who were not playing good have to go some day. The followers of ganguly hate dhoni but on other hand followers of dhoni give equal or more respect to the ganguly.

  7. Hi, I think the time you had wrote this blog, we havent won the champions trophy and the tri-series and the 4-0 whitewash of australia. Can you update this in your captain comparision stats.

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