Former India batsman and current Member of Parliament from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir believes that the absence of the 13th season of the Indian Premier League will make it difficult for veteran wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni to stage an international comeback. Spells Out Replacement Wicket Keeper Batsman for MS Dhoni during Star Sports Cricket Connected.
Gautam Gambhir’s view on best captain in IPL
Former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir expressed his thoughts on how might be the best captain in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I think it’s Rohit Sharma. He has won it four times. Captaincy is all about winning trophies.”
“He will end up being the most successful IPL captain of all time as well. He has 4 already, he may finish at 6-7 maybe under his belt,” Gautam Gambhir said at Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show.
Former Team India batting coach Sanjay Bangar was also on the show and he also lauded Sharma’s capabilities as a captain.
“The number of close matches that Mumbai Indians have won actually also show Rohit’s success as captain,” Bangar said.
“He has won some very close games. The choices that he makes under pressure are good,” he added.
Rohit or Dhoni?
Sanjay then went on to add: “He is backed by the result, but even from a pure captaincy point of view, the smartness and decision making, I would say Rohit Sharma.”
Ex England international Kevin Pietersen also expressed his side of the argument and claimed that MS Dhoni is still the far superior pick for him when it comes to consistency.
“It is very difficult to go against MS Dhoni because of what everyone expects from him. How he has lived his life. What he has been through. Captaining India and then captaining CSK,” Pietersen said.
“I love what Rohit Sharma does, I love what Mumbai Indians have done. But because of consistency and living up to the weight of expectation, MS Is my guy,” he added.
Morrison backs MS Dhoni
Cricketer-turn-commentator Danny Morrison also backed Kevin’s statement on Dhoni and said: “I am looking at the vibes and inspiration and that fellow brings in and he did the same when he was in blue.”
“I want to back that guy, I wanna be in his corner. And sometimes out of nowhere, he brings out the helicopter shot. MS takes pressure like no one else.”