MS Dhoni gets support from Bhaichung Bhutia after a below-par World Cup 2019

Bhaichung Bhutia feels that MS Dhoni is unnecessarily being made the scapegoat during the CWC 2019
MS Dhoni gets support from Bhaichung Bhutia after a below-par World Cup 2019MS Dhoni gets support from Bhaichung Bhutia after a below-par World Cup 2019
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Former football captain Bhaichung Bhutia rallied around to support MS Dhoni, who is being crriticized by fans and critics for his waning skills with the bat in the ongoing World Cup 2019. 

"I think he has been brilliant. People have been giving stick to him right now as they are just trying to find a scapegoat out of somebody. But if you look at this World Cup, I think he has done pretty well," Bhutia said.

He also went on to say that the edition lacks global appeal, and even called it the "South Asia Cup", with five out of the ten countries playing belonging to Asia. 

"I'm finding this World Cup completely 'South Asia Cup'... It's like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India only. Another 10 years, you will only see Asian teams with Bhutan and Nepal also qualifying," Bhutia said at the Football Players' Association of India's building.

He also spoke about the poor standard of competition and joked that India could still have qualified if they sent their second or third rung teams. 

"If we send another three more teams, they will still make the semifinals. India should easily win the World Cup.

"The 'world' feel is missing from the World Cup. You need the flavour of the 'world' thing. There's only one country from Europe, one team from Africa, earlier there used to be Zimbabwe.

"Looking at West Indies, it seems they would stop playing cricket in a few years time. For South Africa, it seems the younger generation has stopped playing cricket. Basketball and football are getting more prominence."

He also emphasized on the fact that the ICC should look to spread the game among more nations, if they want to keep the interest of the fans alive. 

"It's important for ICC to put serious efforts in spreading the game across to different countries. It's only a 10-country thing. They are not putting serious efforts to spread the game across.

"If they don't do it, I think it is just going to be Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India and in a few years time you would have Nepal and Bhutan qualifying."

"Look at the football World Cup, you would not see Brazil play a team like Holland in five years. If you're not lucky enough, you may not get to see such a contest. In football, fans die to see a contest like Argentina versus Germany.

"But in cricket, you keep seeing the same contests. Even after the World Cup, you may see India take on Australia 10 times. In India, we have no option, so you keep on following the same team and we tend to connect with the team," he said.

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