Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid backed the decision of MS Dhoni to step down as the limited overs captain. Dhoni on Wednesday decided to step down as the skipper of India’s ODI and T20I team which come as a surprise to many but Dravid was not surprised one bit.
“Probably not that much of a surprise, in the sense that he probably knew that the time was sooner rather than later. There was talk of him continuing till the Champions Trophy with only one one-day series before that,” Rahul Dravid told ESPNCricinfo.
“But I think, from his perspective, if he didn’t see himself continuing till the next World Cup, he got the timing really right because if he doesn’t see himself as a long-term prospect as captain then I think it is a good time to let Virat Kohli take over and have enough time to be able to build a one-day team to his liking for the next World Cup,” he added. (Also read: Virat Kohli all set to be India’s next ODI, T20I skipper)
Talking about Dhoni – the player, Dravid was spot on in calling him invaluable and priceless to the side. He said that it will be difficult to find someone as good as him in the future.
“There is no doubt that someone of MS Dhoni’s experience and ability, when playing well, is invaluable to the side. That’s the kind of experience and knowledge and ability, under pressure especially. It is not easy to find and not easy to get,” Dravid told the cricket website.
Dravid also said that now it’s upto Dhoni to show his value for the side and he has to fight for his place from now on. Selctors will now select him in the team totally keeping his performances in the mind. (Also read: Ten best MS Dhoni quotes)
“The question obviously remains that you need to earn your place in the team and you need to do it with performances. So at his best and performing really well, a guy like MS Dhoni is invaluable to India’s one-day team, especially in the big tournaments coming up. But I think that’ll also be decided by his own performances and his own ability. I think now he’ll really be judged on how he performs and can he hold his place in the side purely in terms of his wicket-keeping and batting. And that’ll be up to him,” former Indian player said.
Adding further, he said that Virat Kohli will be hoping that Dhoni keeps performing. Having Dhoni in the lineup will only help Virat learn the tricks of the trade and get better at the top role.
“And I guess if you’re Virat Kohli, you’ll actually be hoping that MS Dhoni does really well and is able to hold on to his place. Because you would like that kind of experience performing well in the team. Just that knowledge would be priceless for Virat Kohli to have,” Dravid concluded.