MS Dhoni Is Still Good Enough To Lead India, says Kapil Dev
Former India skipper Kapil Dev feels that MS Dhoni is still ‘good enough’ to lead the side in the limited-overs format. Virat Kohli has been leading the Test team brilliantly and his phenomenal rise has coincided with Dhoni’s unimpressive performance this year which has made many to call for a change in the captaincy.
Dhoni lost the ODI series in Australia, followed the loss in the semi-final of World T20 at home. He also lost the T20 series against West Indies in the USA and matters worsened for him when his team struggled in the ODI series against New Zealand, though India won the series 3-2.
However, the World Cup-winning skipper has said that Dhoni will quit captaincy when the right time comes.
As quoted by cricketnext, he said:“I think the answer people should look for is are we ready to ask Dhoni to take a back seat. It is more important. I think if he is good enough he should carry on. When the time will come, Dhoni may quit two formats.”
He also downplayed the question when asked to compare Dhoni and Kohli as captains.
“It is too early to answer that and again the two individuals are different and every individual is different. Kohli is very expressive, while Dhoni is calm and quite. I think it is very difficult to compare because both have different teams and a different attitude,” he opined.
“Things have changed. Tomorrow you may ask can you compare these two with Sourav Ganguly as captain. So, every captain brings in his own input and aggression and motivation but it all depends on how you use these things with your team for best results. That is captaincy. It is not that you have to be aggressive and if you are not aggressive still you win the match, it is good enough,” he added.
He also had a word of praise for Indian pacers who have outperformed their English counterparts in the ongoing series against England.
The retired cricketer said:“It is not about 140 plus speed that Indian bowlers achieve but the line and length are very important. If you can bowl 135 speed and get movement, that is good enough. But again, if you have pace, you always get advantage of that.”
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