Before the limited overs tour of Sri Lanka, MS Dhoni was under the scanner as the Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, said that the team would look for Dhoni’s replacement if he doesn’t perform well. But the wicketkeeper has answered with 3 back to back defining innings. He has looked in his usual calm demeanor and went about his business like he has done throughout his career.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has come out in support of MS Dhoni and said someone who has contributed for Indian cricket for a number of years can’t be asked to simply walk away. He hailed Dhoni’s longevity who recently completed 300 ODIs.
“Three hundred matches is a lot and longevity is a yardstick for achieving greatness and excellence. He was put under the test before the series. Such players should never be put under the test and one must remember that in spite of being under pressure, his vast experience will see him through against such sides and he did exactly that,” Ganguly wrote in his column for The Times of India.
“Such players who have contributed to their country so immensely just can’t be asked to go one fine day because they will keep proving people wrong. Dhoni’s real challenge will be when he starts playing better sides and, hopefully, he will raise the bar then too,” he added.
Kohli has a great work ethic
Dada also hailed the Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his approach. Kohli had scored a superlative hundred in the 4th ODI where he bashed every Sri Lankan bowler. Ganguly feels even though the opposition bowlers didn’t offer much yet it’s not easy to score runs at the highest level, something which Kohli does quite easily.
“What impressed me most was how he dominated the innings and the intensity with which he batted. Yes, people may point out the quality of the attack, but to score big runs and that too a hundred is never easy and Virat did it with ease,” Ganguly said about Kohli.
“He has a good mind and technique and, along with that, he has a great work ethic and the enormous desire to succeed which is a dangerous combination. He has raised the expectations from this team amongst all Indians,” he concluded.