LONDON - Mahendra Singh Dhoni was booed by the Indian supporters at the Lord's during for his slow batting during the team's 86-run defeat against England in the second game of the three-match series.
On a day when he crossed the 10,000-run milestone in ODI cricket, Dhoni was widely criticised for not showing initiative in his 58-ball 37 as India could only manage 236 in 50 overs after England posted 322 for seven.
However, Indian captain Virat Kohli came to the rescue of under-fire former skipper.
*Virat Defends Dhoni*
When former England skipper Nasser Hussain asked the question about Dhoni's approach, Kohli didn't look amused.
"This thing comes up again and again when he's not able to play the way he does," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
"It's unfortunate that people jump to conclusions quickly. When he does well, people call him the best finisher ever, and when things do not go well, people pounce on him," the Indian captain seemed trifle irritated with knee jerk reactions from fans and critics alike.
As he has done umpteen times, Kohli defended Dhoni.
"The idea was to take the innings deep. He has the experience but sometimes it doesn't come off. We totally believe in him and the ability of all the players," the skipper said.
With less than a year to go for the World Cup, Dhoni is very much in the scheme of things of the Indian team management for his vast experience and ability to read any match situations.
However, his waning abilities to carry the team alone in pressure situations at times has come under scanner.