MS Dhoni can now entirely focus on his keeping, says Gavaskar

Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar speaks with MS Dhoni
Sunil Gavaskar and MS Dhoni. (© Getty Images)

MS Dhoni certainly managed to take everyone aback when he suddenly decided to step down as the limited overs captain of team India. A couple of days ahead of the England series team announcement, the news broke out. There were a few who believed that Dhoni should have led the national side until the Champions Trophy this year.

On the other hand, a few cricket pundits lauded his decision as a very well thought and timely call. In either case, they all hailed Dhoni as one of the most successful captains of all time. Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has also joined the league of gentlemen giving their opinion on the issue. The former cricketer reckons that the decision will only help Dhoni come out stronger as a player.


As per the quotes in Times Group, Gavaskar noted that Dhoni will now be able to freely play his innings and also concentrate on his wicket keeping more. He will not have to be worried about the field placements, bowling changes and everything else that comes as a responsibility for a captain.

“Dhoni can now focus entirely on his keeping without worrying too much about field placing or bowling changes and would be better off without that additional responsibility,” Gavaskar mentioned. Dhoni will play the warm-up match against England before heading into the ODI series. The warm-up match will be played on January 10. MS Dhoni has been named as the captain of the India A side that will take on the visiting England team.

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Earlier, the newly appointed captain Virat Kohli had also mentioned that the time is right for Dhoni to play freely. He also hinted that MS Dhoni will get to bat higher in the batting order. The 3 match ODI series commences on January 15 with the first ODI scheduled to be played at Pune. The T20I series will commence on January 26.