Dhoni should play in IPL only, says Kapil Dev
MS Dhoni is one of the best captains in Indian cricket history. He is the best in both success and statistics. However, the names of Sourav Ganguly and Kapil Dev were also spoken loudly in the judgments of the time, circumstances and team power.
Among them, Kapil and Dhoni are separated again. India has so far won two ODI World Cups. The first one was in 1983, led by Kapil Dev. And next time, under MS Dhoni, in 2011. Dhoni then won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. Earlier T20I World Cup was won in 2007.
But all of them are now past. Dhoni is now at the end of his career, passing leisure time. The wicketkeeper batsman has not played for India since the last ODI World Cup in England. Dhoni has been out of the national team for about 7 months, first Dhoni himself took rest and then the selectors decided to give him rest more.
As a result, many former cricketers of the country have seen the end of Dhoni’s international cricket career. India’s head coach Ravi Shastri, however, has assured of last chance, saying Dhoni could open the door for the national team if he can do better in the IPL this year.
India’s first World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev, could not fully agree with Shastri’s assurance. According to him, Dhoni should play IPL, that’s fine. However, it is better for the national team not to consider Dhoni again. Like many others, Kapil has seen the end of Dhoni’s career.
Speaking at a ceremony in Noida on Thursday, Kapil said,
“Dhoni alone won’t play IPL. There will be lot of youngsters. I am looking for young faces who can make India proud for the next 10 years. I think Dhoni has done a lot for India already. He’s now at the end of his career. I’m his fan I would love to see him in the IPL too. But (for the national team) I am looking for the next generation.”
He added, “If you think of Dhoni as a fan, I would like him to play in the T20 World Cup as well. But as a cricketer, it depends entirely on team management. He has not played anything in the last one year. He has to play a lot of matches to get into the national team. For different players, different criteria should not be set.”