MS Dhoni carries all the credentials to become wicketkeeping coach: Kiran More

MS Dhoni carries all the credentials to become wicketkeeping coach: Kiran More

The former India skipper may very well become India's first ever wicketkeeping coach.

MS Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Though Shikhar Dhawan’s blistering knock 72 set up India’s massive first-innings total, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s five-wicket haul later ensured a stupendous victory over the host, the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni quietly goes past Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakarra to have the most number of catches in the T20 arena. Seeing his past performances, the 55-year-old, Kiran More who played 49 Tests and 94 ODIs, opines that Dhoni can become a specialist wicket-keeping coach in future.

Speaking to IBT in an exclusive interview, Kiran More has urged International cricket teams to include specialist wicketkeeping coaches as part of their support staff. Going further, he personally believes that the 36-year-old carries all the credentials to be the part of the setup, terming him as the ‘ideal candidate’.

Dhoni- An Ideal Candidate

More said, “Wicketkeeping is a key area of the team. If you don’t have a good wicketkeeper, it affects the whole team. That [coaching] is the area which is being neglected. It is very important to have a wicketkeeping coach. We carry batting coaches, bowling coaches, and fielding coaches along with the team. A wicketkeeping coach is also necessary.”

“Wicketkeeper can create chances in all formats. Thus we have to work on wicketkeeping skills. It’s not like after “I reach the top level, I will work hard on it’. You have to have a strong foundation,” he added.

“If a wicketkeeper gets injured using a wrong technique, it affects his batting and his long-term prospect of representing the country. There are chances of getting chronically injured if the wicketkeeping technique is not correct. That’s why it is important to create a foundation at a young age.”

Dhoni has his own style and doesn’t really follow the orthodox style, but what’s more important is a unique style eventually helps the wicket-keeper batsman to standout and do what is been expected out of him. He is third on the list of most dismissals as the wicketkeeper with 775 scalps behind South Africa’s Mark Boucher and Australia’s Adam Gilchrist.