Gambhir names three players who can replace Dhoni
Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir who has been closely following Indian cricket said that it is time to keep emotions aside and take a practical call on MS Dhoni. The latter’s future has been the major talking point in the wake of India’s exit from ICC Cricket World Cup.
“It’s important to look into the future. And when Dhoni was the skipper, he invested in the future. I remember Dhoni saying in Australia that me, Sachin (Tendulkar) and (Virender) Sehwag can’t play the CB Series together as the grounds were big,” Gambhir was quoted as saying in a TV news channel.
According to Gambhir, the next-gen players who are in line to replace MS Dhoni are Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan.
“He wished for young players for the World Cup. It’s necessary to take practical decisions than being emotional. And it’s time to groom youngsters. Be it Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan or any other wicketkeeper, whoever is believed to have the potential should be made the wicketkeeper,” he said.
Youngsters deserve a lot of chances: Gambhir
Gambhir feels that is important to experiment by giving youngsters a chance for the welfare of Indian cricket. He also went on to add saying that youngsters need enough chances in order to deliver for India in the longer-run.
“Give him chances for one-and-a-half years and if he doesn’t perform, then others should be tried out as well. Then one would get to know who the keeper for the next World Cup is,” the 37-year-old former cricketer said.
Gambhir hailed MS Dhoni as one of the best captains and that doesn’t necessarily mean that other skippers haven’t done well.
“If you see the statistics, then he (Dhoni) is the best captain. But that doesn’t mean that other captains have done badly. Sourav Ganguly has done good captaincy; we have won outside under him. Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, we have won ODI series in South Africa and Test series in Australia,” Gambhir said.
“It is true that M S Dhoni has won us two World Cups (2007 and 2011), but it is not fair to give all credit to the captain for success and criticise only him when it doesn’t go your way.
“Dhoni has won the Champions Trophy and World Cups but other captains have also taken India forward. Captains like Anil Kumble have done the job though not for long; Rahul Dravid also led India to win in England,” Gambhir said.