KOLKATA - Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have faced lot of flak for his team’s embarrassing ODI series defeat against Bangladesh but Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi is “not happy” in the manner the Indian ODI skipper was being targeted.

Afridi termed this as “sub-continental trend” where the cricketing heroes are pilloried after one odd series defeat. “I really felt bad in the way MS (Dhoni) has been treated after Bangladesh series defeat. I completely think it’s a sub-continental trend where our heroes are not spared after one bad defeat. The media is also responsible for not painting the true picture at times,” Afridi told PTI during an interaction.

Afridi could empathise more with Dhoni as he has also faced criticism over the years in his own country. “I am not saying that one should not analyse the present performance of a leader or a player. Criticise him but when you do that please don’t forget to also inform the world about the past. When you look at Dhoni, just look at his record before jumping to any conclusions. He has been such a tremendous player for India. His record speaks for itself,” said Afridi.

The swashbuckling batsman also credited Dhoni for building a good Indian team for future. “Dhoni has built such a good team for the future. There is so much quality and talent in that batting line-up,” he said. Afridi, who now only plays T20 format for Pakistan, also sounded positive about Pakistan’s bench strength. “Pakistan cricket’s domestic structure has improved a lot in recent years. That is why we are now having a good supply line of youngsters in the national team. This team will only grow from strength to strength in coming days,” observed the 35-year-old.