Kapil Dev’s view on Dhoni
The 61 year old former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev who recently gave an emotional speech on the U19 World cup finals clash turns his view towards MS Dhoni. The IPL 2020 will see the return of Dhoni to cricketing action, as the wicket-keeper is on a break since playing in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup where India lost to New Zealand.
Kapil Dev also suggest that he should play a few matches to be considered for selection in India’s T20 World Cup squad. He was dropped from the BCCI’s list of centrally contracted players in January.
“It’s not just Dhoni who is playing the IPL. I am a person who looks for a young player who we can be proud of in the next 10 years. I think Dhoni has already done so much for the country,” Kapil said during the fifth edition of HCL Grant event in Noida on Thursday.
“As his fan, yes (would like to see him playing the T20 World Cup) but as a cricketer I think it all depends on the management. He hasn’t played for one year. He should play more matches to be in the team. There shouldn’t be different parameters for different players,” the 1983 World Cup winning skipper said.
“He is on his last leg. I am his fan so I would love to see him but in IPL I am looking for the next generation.”
Dhoni’s return in IPL
Dhoni will start his preparations for the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league from March 3 in Chennai along with Suresh Raina.
Speaking to IANS, CSK CEO KS Viswanathan had said: “Dhoni will reach Chennai on March 2 and will start training the next day at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Raina will also be training with him, but there will be no international player as of now.”
Dhoni’s new “role”
But before he gets down to action for CSK, a video has surfaced in which he is seen driving a pitch roller inside the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. In the video that has gone viral on social media, the 38-year-old can be seen driving the roller on a practice pitch. Dhoni has been regularly seen at JSCA Stadium and was even seen training with the Jharkhand Ranji Trophy players a little while back.
One Man, Different Roles 😇💙
— MS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) February 26, 2020
Bumrah’s wicket less ODI
Kapil also comment on Jasprit Bumrah’s form in the ongoing tour of New Zealand, saying the speedster needs just a good wicket-taking spell to get his mojo back.
When you go through an injury it takes time for the body. For a person who has proved it at the big stage, it doesn’t take very long to come back,” he said of Bumrah, who returned from a back injury and went wicket-less for the first time in an ODI series.
“As batsman we say you need one innings to comeback to form, and for a bowler you need one good spell to be back. He needs couple of wickets to comeback.”
KL Rahul ignored in first test against New Zealand
On speaking about KL Rahul who has been ignored in the first test match against New Zealand where India lost by 10 wickets.
“Only team management can answer that. What we see is totally different. When the selectors sit they have lot of things to look into,” said Kapil.
“Yes, in our time it used to be ‘man in form he should play’ but this is a new breed of cricketers and they have their own rules.”
He also comment that India should learn from the mistakes and put effort in the second test match to equal the series.
“Haven’t we won on bouncy wickets before? In Perth or Melbourne or Durban. We have done this before, so I am not concerned if you say you can scare somebody with the short ball,” he said.
“They are professional, they understand the game and they will come out much harder in the next Test. If not then give all the praise to the New Zealand team.”
Kapil’s comment on Indian women’s cricket team
Kapil Dev also comment on Indian women’s cricket team for making it to the semifinals of the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
“They (Indian women) are playing well. The age has come up where we start looking at the women’s performance also,” he said.
“I would like to give a lot of respect to the BCCI for giving opportunity to girls and all the facilities which the girls require. Our girls are handled much better now than 15 years back.”