Kapil Dev on MS Dhoni’s position in the team: Former India captain was vocal about persisting with Dhoni in the ODI side.
In which is a rare scenario for a former World Cup winning captain advocating for another former World Cup winning captain, Kapil Dev was recently vocal about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s position in the Indian ODI team.
In which has been a dismal year for Dhoni with the bat, his wicket-keeping, fitness and sharing inputs with other players on the field remain unaffected, something which keeps saving him from facing the axe in this format.
With India coach Ravi Shastri making a statement regarding enough of chopping and changing before boarding the plane to Australia, one expects Dhoni to be a part of the team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Having said that, there are numerous people who still criticise this decision.
During an exclusive interview with NDTV, Dev laid emphasis on the fact that we should start expecting ‘less’ from the 37-year old cricketers. “I think whatever he has done, he’s done a great job. But I think the bad part is we are expecting the same 20 or 25 years old Dhoni, which is not going to work,” he said.
“He has experience, if he can help the team with his experience, it’s well done. But one thing everyone should understand that he is not 20, and he is not going to be 20 again. So whatever he brings to the table, if he can make himself available and he can play good cricket, he is an asset to the team. Only his fitness is important and I wish he keeps on playing more matches,” he added.
Apart from Dhoni, Dev also lent praises on the current Indian captain in Dhoni. Calling him a ‘special’ player, Dev was wax lyrical about Kohli’s ‘discipline’ and ‘talent’. “I think he is a special person, a special player. I think certain people are special and he is one of them. The people who have talent and are ready to work hard they become superhuman. So I think he is talented and disciplined and that makes him what he is,” Dev concluded.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Dhoni below:
— NDTV (@ndtv) November 19, 2018
— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) November 18, 2018
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 19, 2018
VVS Laxman on MS Dhoni in his latest book. pic.twitter.com/1z2OdZAJI4
— Demolish MSD Haters (@MahiNation) November 18, 2018
— Nadira Arjuman ☺ (@tweets_by_arju) November 19, 2018
— FLICKHOST (@flickhost) November 12, 2018