Former Indian Cricket Team’s coach Gary Kirsten feels that India will be making a huge mistake by removing MS Dhoni from ODI captaincy.
Kirsten was speaking to media persons after overseeing a cricket camp organised by Saldhana International Academy at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana.
When asked whether its time that Test skipper Virat Kohli should be handed over the responsibility in ODI’s, Kirsten was non-committal.
“You are not going to get an answer out of me. You replace M S Dhoni at your peril, because the one experience I have had is that all great leaders have great performances till the end of their careers,” said Kirsten at a promotional event.
Kirsten said that if one is willing to let Dhoni go, one never knows if Team India misses out on some potential match-winning performances in World Cup 2019 to be played in UK.
“So, if you (are) willing to let M S Dhoni go when there might potentially be a great World Cup performance left in him if he goes to the (2019) World Cup, which I am not sure if he is (taking part in) or not, you take the risk of doing that,” the former World Cup winning coach said emphatically.
Kirsten termed Dhoni as a ‘great player’ and also slammed his critics, saying that those are doubting his ability are making a mistake.
“I think that is the question I get asked the most everytime I come to India. My answer hasn’t changed in three years. That he (Dhoni) is definitely the best leader I have ever worked with. And his record for Indian cricket over the last nine-ten years speaks for itself,” said the South African when asked about the debate surrounding Dhoni’s future.
“There is no debating in my opinion that he is up there with India’s greatest captains and certainly has produced the trophies for India in his time,” added the former South African cricketer.
According to the former South Africa opener, Dhoni’s record in limited overs cricket spoke for itself.
“You just have to look at his ODI batting record as well, As a finisher, it’s unsurpassed in the world in terms of the position he bats in. So, if anyone is doubting his ability, I think they would be making a great mistake.
“He is a great player and all great players would continue to produce fantastic performances through their career. It’s exciting to see him doing well and having success with the Indian team. I enjoyed working with him and it was a great experience for me,” he added.
Kirsten feels that it should be left to Dhoni to decide on his future.
“There comes a time in every player when he is got to consider for himself whether he should be in the team or it’s time to move. We will leave the decision up to him,” he said.