Sourav Ganguly Skeptical on MS Dhoni’s Future in Indian Cricket Team
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes it is the role of team management to explain the purpose of MS Dhoni to the player.
The 36-year old is coming under increased scrutiny after his poor performance in the second T20I against New Zealand in Rajkot.
However, despite the criticism to drop Dhoni from T20 side, Ganguly believes the former skipper deserves another chance to prove himself in the shortest format.
“I think the Indian team management needs to have a chat with MS (Dhoni) and discuss about his role in the side. He is a big name when it comes to Twenty20 cricket. So before taking any judgement, I believe that he should be given a fair chance to prove himself once again,” Ganguly told India Today TV.
Ganguly has also insisted that Dhoni needs to improve quickly to ensure that he remains an integral part of 2019 squad for ICC World Cup in England.
“The team also needs to think about the 2019 ICC World Cup, and if Dhoni is unable to improve in the near future, they need to start looking at other alternatives.”
The Ranchi born hard hitter, had succumbed to the pressure of New Zealand bowlers in the second T20I when he managed a mere 17 runs off his first 20 balls. His poor start had prompted former cricketers like Ajit Agarkar and VVS Laxman asking to decide on his future in T20 format.
Eventually, he finished his innings at 49 from 37 balls. But Sourav believes that Dhoni should be promoted to number four to give him a certain time to settle into his innings.
“I have been saying this for a long time that MS Dhoni should bat higher up the order. If he comes to bat at No. 4, he will have a lot of time to get settled, and this will also help in playing his natural game.”
Sourav Ganguly has also reckoned the amount of trust that new skipper Virat Kohli has on his predecessor. The Delhi lad has ensured that Dhoni got maximum chances during his lean patch and hoped that Dhoni repays his faith in near future.
“It is a big thing when your captain is supporting you. Virat (Kohli) has supported Dhoni well during his lean patch, and it’s time that he repays that belief with his performance,” he said.
The 36-year old has had a lean patch in New Zealand as well as Australia but was decent throughout the year. But his inability to handle the pressure in the recent months remains the major drawback for Dhoni, as he is undergoing an intense scrutiny over his performances.
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