Gavaskar on Dhoni for 2019 World Cup: Former India captain batted for MS Dhoni’s spot in the side ahead of the World Cup.
There is no hiding to the fact that former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not been in the best of form of late. Although his fitness and inputs during the game are highly admired, his batting has come under the scanner.
From scoring runs to scoring them at a brisk pace, Dhoni has struggle considerably to the extent that 2018 is one of his worst year in ODI cricket.
Citing the same, many cricket experts and fans have lent numerous opinions on Dhoni. While the experts have still spoken highly of him, the fans seem to be highly unimpressed with Dhoni’s batting, often asking about him being axed from the ODI side.
Speaking on a post-match show on Star Sports, former India captain and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar spoke highly about Dhoni, stating that the 37-year old cricketer is a huge plus for Kohli.
“Virat needs (Dhoni). There’s no doubt about it. In 50 overs where there is that much more time, that’s when MSD comes into play. You know he makes those small field adjustments, talking to the bowlers in Hindi – telling them where to bowl and what to bowl. It’s a huge plus for Virat,” Gavaskar said.
Dhoni was not part of the recently announced squad for the T20I series against Windies and Australia. The development allured both a massive and a mixed response from the fans.
On being asked about the same, Gavaskar was quoted, “MSD is an absolute must for the 2019 World Cup. But having said that, I believe, the way Rohit Sharma has come to the party as a captain, as a thinker, as a planner. He has been brilliant. With Rohit coming in and also Ajinkya Rahane, Virat has a couple more shoulders to lean on. Therefore, I think this [is a] move to have MS Dhoni take a break from T20I cricket.”
Read some of the recent Twitter reactions on Dhoni below:
MS Dhoni is back with his lightening-quick stumpings. ⚡️⚡️
Paul is stumped for 19. Jadeja gets his first wicket #INDvWIN
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) October 29, 2018
0, 12, 7* and 3 before MS Dhoni’s career-launching 148 v Pakistan at Vizag in 2005. Pant has the ability to have just that sort of impact. All he needs is a captain to back him the way Ganguly backed Dhoni, even if it means at the expense of Dhoni. #INDvWI
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) October 29, 2018
Proud to be a Ms.Dhoni Fan.. pic.twitter.com/jrLzme5u9A
— Yoges Yogi (@YogesWa01608954) October 30, 2018
Well done Ms dhoni pic.twitter.com/8ObYRGLnFo
— Vicky Raj (@VickyRa18522245) October 30, 2018