Taking pity on those who are criticising Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his not-so-inspiring performance in the ongoing IPL, former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani says age and long sabbatical from the game has impacted the stalwart’s performance.

Dhoni is in the eye of the storm for his own and Chennai Super Kings’ below par show. They are languishing at the sixth spot in the eight-team competition with two wins and five defeats.

Dhoni is yet to come up with match-wining knock and his ability as a finisher has came under the scanner.

“There is a time in the career of every player to escalate, similarly there is also a time to come down. Things change with time, I take pity on those who are criticising Dhoni for his performance,” Kirmani told PTI.

“We must not forget that Dhoni had been one of the best finishers of the game at one point

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