Former Indian coach Gary Kirsten has defended the current form of Indian skipper MS Dhoni and feels that the Indian limited overs captain must not retire.
In a recent interview, Kirsten was absolutely certain that Dhoni should continue to play in the limited overs. “The South African players will be happy if he wasn’t there in the Indian team,” Kirsten said, when asked his views about Dhoni’s retirement.
Kirsten also went on to question that who could possibly replace MS Dhoni in the current Indian setup. “Who is going to replace him? Who replaces him in his batting position? Virat (Kohli) bats at 3. What is his (Dhoni’s) one day average (52+)? Best in the world? I can’t understand the thinking,” Kirsten said.
The former South African great also said that Dhoni must not even think about retirement. “Absolutely not. Why? Why. I don’t understand people say that. We look at it from the outside, everyone is surprised when people say that. Why must he go?”
Kirsten went on to ask a rhetoric question that would the Indian media treat Sachin Tendulkar in the same way had he endured a lean patch like MS Dhoni.
“I saw some big shots this evening in Indore. I saw some huge shots. Do the media do that to other players? Why would they run a player down like that? He is one of the greatest players India have ever had. Would they do that to Sachin Tendulkar? I think it’s very unfair,” Kirsten said.