Don’t write off ‘champion’ Dhoni, says Ponting


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Ricky Ponting, the former Australian skipper, has warned against writing off Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a dominant force in international cricket. Ponting is of the opinion that Dhoni may play a significant in the upcoming Champions Trophy, which is to be held in England and Wales from June 1.

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“I think it’s a downside of having the great success that he’s had over a long period of time. I’ve been there myself and when you start to slide just a little bit, criticism is going to come your way. And to be fair, he probably hasn’t had much negativity come his way over the past 15 or 20 years. So it’ll be really interesting to see how he handles that over the coming weeks,” said Ponting.

“Things can turn around in this game pretty quickly and one thing I’ve learned in this game with champion players is to never write them off. They always find a way to keep coming back. He’ll find a way and he’ll win games for his team.

“I think he can be an important player in that Indian team, especially with his experience. Batting in the middle order, he’s someone who can really control a one-day innings. And that might be what you need in England,” Ponting said. [Read also: The confident and courageous Miraz]

Ponting is also surprised with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchie Rising Pune Supergiant’s decision to replace Dhoni with Steven Smith as the side’s captain.

“If you think about Dhoni and his age, this might well be his last IPL. There’s no basis to me saying that. It just seemed like a strange time to move him on as captain if he wasn’t coming towards the end. Obviously they’ve made a decision that they think is right for that team and Steve Smith taking over was what the hierarchy and the coaching staff thought was the right thing to do,” he said.


– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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