Former Indian National Cricket Team opening batter Kris Srikkanth asserted if he happened to be the chief of selection committee he would have named MS Dhoni for the 2019 World Cup without any second thought.
“If I was the chairman of the selection committee, I would pick him for the 2019 World Cup for sure,” ToI quotes Srikkanth.
Interestingly, as the ICC ODI World Cup will commence from May 30 in England, Srikkanth believes Dhoni as a senior campaigner will have certainly an impact during the coveted quadrennial event.
“The World Cup is a different cup of tea altogether, where we will need a senior cricketer like him. He’ll be a guiding factor on the field to the captain and the team,” Srikkanth said.
Dhoni has not an empty tank:
However, the 59-year-old Chennai-based former cricketer Srikkanth admitted the fact that Dhoni hasn’t been able to hit big shots as before but added the 37-year-old has a lot left in him to deliver for the national team.
“He may not be the big-hitter that he was before… that’s a different issue, but he’s still got it in him,” Srikkanth added.
In the recent past, Dhoni has played a quintessential role during the crucial junctures of the game. However, reflecting on the same Srikkanth believes Dhoni would be essential in those enticing moments of the game.
“His importance will be felt in crunch situations. You have to see the importance of Dhoni as a package — not just as a batsman or a wicketkeeper,” Srikkanth stated.
In the ongoing three-match One-day International series against Australia, the wicketkeeper-batsman has smashed back-to-back half-centuries which includes a match-winning knock of 55 at Adelaide to help India seal the game by six wickets.
Dhoni helped his team to clinch the second ODI by six wickets following a 96-ball 51-run show at Sydney.
Success and failure stands as a part and parcel: Srikkanth
In conclusion, Srikkanth maintained success and failure often run parallel which further has the traces in all walks of life.
“Debates and ups and downs will always be there. You’ll be a hero in one match, and a zero in another. That’s a part and parcel of cricket,” Srikkanth concluded.
The Jharkhand-based star batsman Dhoni who recently recorded 10000 ODI runs further average over 50 in the 50-over format. Over the years, he has played an imperative role while donning the national colours.
With his wealth of experience, Dhoni has a lot of potentials to grab the eyeballs in the 2019 World Cup.