Ever since MS Dhoni has offered to quit as the captain of Indian ODI team, many former cricketers have extended their full support for Dhoni.  Former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly on Monday has asked for respect for neglected Mahendra Singh Dhoni by saying he has got superb one-day record as skipper and needs to be given all the time in the world to take a decision.

It is worthwhile to mention that as result of  India’s defeat in the second ODI against Bangladesh, in an unusual expression of emotions, Dhoni on Sunday night had said he can step away from captaincy if it brings back good days to Indian cricket.

Ganguly emphasized that one must not take it seriously as apparently Dhoni’s words were result of instant frustration. Ganguly said “He has said it in the heat of the moment and it’s not right. He was upset after the defeat. Leave it there. Everybody has to sit together and think. Don’t put MS Dhoni down, he has a terrific record in one-dayers. Give respect to him.”

Ganguly was specifically asked if he thinks Dhoni should continue as captain at least till 2016 World Twenty20, Ganguly said, “It’s not an individual decision. Let’s cool down, let the series be finished. Such a decision can’t be taken overnight. Whoever has to take a decision, has to take long-term aspect in mind. There is BCCI president, secretary general and office bearers. He should be given all the time in the world. Whether he wants to continue and has the power to lift the side.”

When the fact was brought into his notice that he was part of the BCCI Advisory Committee and can make a suggestion on the matter to the Board, Ganguly said, “I am not sure if it is part of the Advisory Committee.”

Ganguly did not give weight age to the fatigue factor, saying all the teams have jam-packed schedule and one has to find a way to succeed despite the crammed FTP.

It is heartening to see that Dada has given his full support to Dhoni in this need of the hour as this will certainly have a positive impact on the mind set of struggling Team India. Dada is one of the most sought after and most regarded cricketers, whose advice is priceless.

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