Is MS Dhoni going through toughest phase of his career?

Updated: Feb 21, 2014, 17:26 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/ Yogesh Pandey

New Delhi: Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s days are troublesome these days. Under-fire due to the recent back-to-back losses in Test and ODIs, Dhoni has been engulfed with four-pronged attack by cricket fans and experts.

The last Test against New Zealand could have given him some respite, but that opportunity was too lost by the captain as his Kiwi counterpart Brendon McCullum mauled Indian bowling and saved the Test. Since then, Dhoni is facing huge clamour for his removal as Test captain.

As if all was not enough, Dhoni has lost another chance to silence his critics, as a result of a side strain injury he developed during Wellington Test which ruled him out of the forthcoming Asia Cup to be held in Bangladesh next week.

He could have retrieved the goodwill as a captain in Asia Cup, but now if the team registers a win there, kudos would go entirely to Virat Kohli, who has been roped in to lead the side in Dhoni`s absence.

Earlier this month, Dhoni`s name figured in Justice Mukul Mudgal`s panel report probing IPL fixing and betting scandal. Bookie Uttam Jain alias Kitti have named Dhoni and Raina in connection with IPL spot-fixing and betting when confronted by Trichi Railway SP Sampat Kumar.

Overall, the captain cool is facing the heat and probably going through the toughest phase of his career with criticism, allegations, defeats surrounding him one after another. Stars seem to be against the skipper.