Stephen Fleming, the former New Zealand captain, has backed MS Dhoni to keep on continuing and performing till the next ODI World Cup in 2019. Fleming added that though there is a lot of competition for Dhoni with several young wicketkeeper batsmen lining up, the ex-Indian skipper should be the first pick. There are the likes of Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Wriddhiman Saha who are pushing Dhoni with consistent performances in domestic cricket and the IPL.
Fleming was quoted to be saying while talking to Cricinfo.com, “There are a lot of players who can do that, but there is only one MS Dhoni at the moment. I think his track record deserves the first crack at it. He has balance in his life now so he can get fit and come back fresh. I think he will do it. He is aware that he needs to keep performing and that’s when great players are at their best. If you get too comfortable you are not at your best.”
Fleming further said, “He is not arrogant enough to assume that he will make it through to the 2019 World Cup. He’s made it clear that he wants to play that World Cup but he knows he also to do well to do that. ”
He also added, “He’s now trying to prove his worth as he did when he was a youngster. That again is a tribute to his approach to the game and his humility towards the game.”