MS Dhoni’s career so far has been nothing short of a Bollywood blockbuster. The only captain to win the World T20, the World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the Test Championship Mace, is no longer the man he was only a few years back. The young boy with long locks from Ranchi is now a man with greying stubble, as the bildungsroman has slowly transformed into a medieval romance. “It’s in our DNA in India, isn’t it? We do not just make icons of our sporting heroes, we also give them God-like status. But since we already have one God in cricket, Dhoni, I guess, will have to be something else,” wrote former India and an contemporary commentary of the gentleman’s game, Sanjay Manjrekar, is his recent column for espncricinfo.”Dhoni is a public performer, and just his public performance, not his personal life, is under scrutiny here. Once you are a public performer, it does not matter what the critic’s standing in society or cricket is. That’s irrelevant,” he added.Dhoni’s last knock in a blue shirt came against New Zealand where he scored 49 off 37 balls with a strike-rate of 132. It may not have been the flashiest of batting displays, but the former captain’s inability to rotate strike much like the past one year, has courted criticism from many.Former captains have come to attack Dhoni for his failures of late and Manjrekar is the not the first. In his column he gave examples of past instances when the country’s common man, wearing the critic’s hat, have called for the aging stars’ heads. Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar being the yardsticks for his comparison.advertisement”I still feel it’s time for MS Dhoni to give youngsters a chance in T20 format. It will be an opportunity for a youngster to blossom and get confidence playing international cricket. He is definitely an integral part of ODI cricket,” Laxman had said analysing Dhoni’s condition in a post match cricket show.Another legend of the game, Sourav Ganguly, in an interview with India Today, had this to say about Dhoni’s T20 credentials: “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. So that’s an area which needs to be looked at.”The question of selection has also been a hot topic for much discussion and debate. Manjrekar weighs-in on the issue saying, “Reputation or status of a player should never be a factor in selection. The criteria must be the same for each player. Of course, past performance and quality are factors because great players can do special things, but while picking players, I would consider, apart from skills and fitness, how good they are as team players, their potential to contribute consistently, and what they can grow into.”Virat Kohli, Dhoni’s successor and now his captain, came to his defence after the New Zealand series. “First, I don’t understand why are people only pointing him out, I’m not able to understand this. If I fail as a batsman three times, no one is going to point fingers at me because I am not over 35. The guy is fit, he is passing all the fitness tests. He is contributing to the team in every tactical way on the field. With the bat, if you look at the series against Australia and Sri Lanka, he did really well. In this series, he has not got much time to bat.”India’s coach, Ravi Shashtri has also thrown his weight behind Dhoni, saying, “Looks like there are a lot of jealous people around, who just want Dhoni to have a couple of bad days…. There are a few people who are waiting to see the end of MS Dhoni. But great players like him decide their own future.””We will be unfair to a great if we dropped him because he is not living up to our great expectations,” Manjrekar wrote is his column, but also questioned the notion of not criticising someone like Dhoni. “But somehow in India, once a player achieves the status of an icon, only good things are allowed to be said about him, and people are crucified if what they say comes across as anything less than a compliment,” he wrote.