Biggest problem with fraternity is that they compare players: MS Dhoni
Published - Oct 24, 2016 7:55 am | Updated - Oct 24, 2016 7:55 am
Indian limited overs skipper MS Dhoni has lashed out at those who compare players based on the numbers. The 35-year old has said that it is wrong to compare players especially if they are from a marginally different era of batting. When asked about the same, the Indian skipper looked a little bit uneasy whilst giving an answer about the same.
Dhoni replied to his question by stating that the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag could not be compared in spite of the many similarities between them.
Dhoni replied, “The biggest problem with the cricket fraternity is that we always try to compare. Over the period how cricket has been played, has changed. You can’t really compare a Sunny (Sunil) Gavaskar to a Virender Sehwag. Both of them may open or bat at the top of the order but the cricket has changed so much that it is very difficult to compare,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said.
He continued, “Overall, the shorter format and even the Test match has changed the way it is played. It is slightly unfair to compare two of the batsmen. What I would say is I can comment about Virat (Kohli) as to how good he is.
The skipper also went on to add a few things about Virat Kohli. “How much he has improved and how consistent he has been. The kind of focus he has when it comes to cricket is very good. “I feel he is amongst the best. Again, it is not about being the best. Because you can always speculate and have new ways of judging an individual. It is not only about statistics. It is a pleasure to watch him bat. He plays orthodox cricket and he still scores at a very good pace.
“Once he decides to go after the bowlers, he can easily do that. That is where his beauty lies. Without playing high-risk shots, he still maintains a good strike rate. He is just fantastic irrespective of the format. That is because of his hard work and will to learn and improve in every game.”