MS Dhoni backs Virat Kohli on the need for better scheduling of tours

South Africa tour starts on December 30, a week after the conclusion of India-Sri Lanka T20I series at home.

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli
MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former Indian captain MS Dhoni stands in support of his successor on the need of better scheduling for the Indian cricket team between series and giving sufficient time for the preparation for the overseas tours before demanding results and analyzing players.

This came in as a response to one of the questions Virat Kohli was asked during the pre-match press conference on the eve of 2nd Test at Nagpur. He believes that the team needs adequate time before any tough overseas tour or any home series. Advocating the same he stated that enough time helps the player and the team assess the conditions and adapt accordingly. With the kind of expectations, it becomes mandatory to give players proper time and then the only judgment of their performance can be effective.


Dhoni, who himself has witnessed such issues in the past as the Indian captain raised the matter while speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of a match played at Kunzer cricket ground, where he was invited as the chief guest at the finals of Chinar Cricket Premier League, organised by Srinagar-based Chinar Corps of the Indian Army, felt correct to stand in for the skipper.

Challenge for international cricketers

“It is absolutely right, because we play so much cricket that we do not get much preparation time when we go overseas to play. But as an international cricketer, this is also a challenge,” Dhoni said. “It takes some time to get used to, but if you see this team, there are many cricketers who have played overseas and it helps a lot. If they get six to eight or 10 days, it is good, but whatever time they get, I think they will do well,” he added

He even emphasized on the current situation of the Indian team and the time they have hand to prepare for the South Africa tour that starts on December 30, a week after the conclusion of India-Sri Lanka T20I series at home.

“This time when the (Test) team leaves for South Africa, they will only get some time to prepare before playing the matches. The ODI team after that will also want to try to get seven to eight days because the conditions are different there, there is more bounce,” he said.

~ Written by Kartik Bansal