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Dean Jones compares Team India to legendary 1980s Windies side; terms MS Dhoni as problem

He was all praise of Team India also for their performance Down Under.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Former Australian batsman Dean Jones claimed that the current Indian Test team led by Virat Kohli is similar to the great Windies teams of the 1980s in terms of aggression and commitment. India recently became the first Asian team to beat Australia in a Test series Down Under and thus strengthened their position at the top of the ICC rankings.

However, Jones is still not convinced with the finishing prowess of the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni and termed him as the main ‘problem’ for the Indian team. Jones is not satisfied with 37-year-old’s finishing skills despite him claiming the Man of the Series award in the recently concluded three-match ODI series which the visitors won 2-1.

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In his column for The Times of India, the former Aussie opener came down hard on the Ranchi-born cricketer with his harsh comments terming him as the main ‘problem’ for India with regards to how the Indian team will fit in young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. Though Deano praised the team’s overall efforts on their historic win Down Under.

He is the main problem

“The main ‘problem’ is Dhoni. He’s back in this team and the question is will India, if push comes to shove, play Rishabh Pant as just a batsman?,” Jones wrote in his column in The TOI, adding, “ India couldn’t be having a better journey for their World Cup campaign than what they are having now and they have got to make sure they finish off New Zealand as well. What would be the worst thing to ruin this would be to go out against the Black Caps and drop their guard.”

“This was the greatest tour that India has ever had to Australia. The only blemish was probably the way they played in the Test match in Perth, but overall the great thing was that a lot of the boys played good overseas. Everyone did something on the tour to contribute,” he further added.

Indian gloveman, of late, was criticized for his slow innings and poor performances with the bat in the past year or so. Some even suggested dropping Dhoni and bring in young Pant in the squad for the World Cup. However, the right-handed batsman shut his critics with two match-winning innings in the last two ODIs against Aussies turning the clock and finishing games for his team.

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