MS Dhoni Has To Keep Performing To Be Part Of 2019 World Cup, Says Harbhajan Singh
With MS Dhoni’s future being the talk of the town, former India batsmen Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also weighed in on the discussion.
Dhoni’s finishing abilities have gradually decreased and he has not quite managed to finish the games for the team in recent times. His knock in the second T20I against New Zealand has put further doubts on his ability to finish games. Consequently, he has faced widespread criticism.
His indifferent performances have raised speculations over whether the 36-year old would be able to make it to the next World Cup. At the time being, the team-management is firmly behind the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman but Harbhajan Singh believes the World Cup-winning skipper needs to perform on a consistent basis to make his third World Cup appearance.
“World Cup is far off. One year is a lot and in Indian cricket, there are a lot of changes every day. Who will be in form that time. Experience is there but form and everything matters. Dhoni is a big player but World Cup is far off and Dhoni has to keep performing to be a part of the 11,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying by India Today.
“Dhoni has to keep getting runs and if he does that then there is nobody bigger than him, Kohli has handled him well,” he added.
Ganguly also echoed Harbhajan’s sentiments, saying that Dhoni needs to keep scoring runs to make it to the next World Cup.
“2019 is far off, so like Bhajji said, Dhoni has to keep scoring runs,” Ganguly said.
Laxman, on the other hand, said that Dhoni would play an important role in the next World Cup and also said that Kohli is handling his predecessor very well.
“I don’t think Kohli is protecting Dhoni. He’s above all that and he has a very important role to play in the 2019 World Cup. Kohli is handling Dhoni very well…much like Sourav handled Sachin when he resigned from captaincy,” Laxman said.
“Kohli is giving the right opportunities to MS Dhoni and he takes help from him. He has no ego and I feel Dhoni will have to play a huge hand,” he added.
Dhoni’s form in ODIs, meanwhile, has been pretty consistent. The former India skipper has scored 716 runs from 26 ODIs at an average of 65.09 this year and will be looking to perform well in the upcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
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