MS Dhoni will make the right decision for Indian cricket, says Adam Gilchrist
"I know there are some real exciting keeper-batsmen around but I don't know whether they can add more value than MS," Gilchrist said.
Published - Nov 2, 2017 7:56 pm | Updated - Nov 2, 2017 7:56 pm
Former Australian wicketkeeper and arguably one of modern cricket’s best keeper Adam Gilchrist has warned the team not to undervalue MS Dhoni‘s experience in the playing XI. The Indian team, according to him benefits more in the presence of the former skipper against when he is not around.
He, further believes that Dhoni’s experience should not be undervalued by anyone in the Indian dressing room. The former skipper has been a crucial support-system for the current Indian outfit, with Dhoni helping Virat Kohli get accustomed to the work-load.
“I think they (Indian team) probably benefit more than they know by his (Dhoni) experience and him just being around. I wonder whether people around undervalue his experience and calmness that MS brings to the change room,” Gilchrist told PTI during an interaction at the sidelines of ‘Royal Stag Barrel Select Perfect Strokes’.
Dhoni could bat anywhere from No.3 to 7
Gilly has changed the way team management sees wicketkeeper in the modern cricket, with his batting ability. Prior to the Australian, there were only a few wicketkeepers who could bat aggressively. He also added that the versatile Dhoni could play anywhere in the line-up from No.3 to No.7.
“I think he (Dhoni) is so versatile that he could possibly play anywhere between Nos 3 to 7 and still have an impact. So, this Indian team is full of options and flexibility and MS just adds to that as he has throughout his career,” the Aussie legend stated.
A replacement for Dhoni
Further, Gilchrist said that he is not sure if anybody could replace the 35-year-old in his position with the World Cup looming around the corner.
“It’s also the case of whether someone is around the corner to replace MS, who can add more value than he can. I can’t answer that as I don’t know. I know there are some real exciting keeper-batsmen around but I don’t know whether they can add more value than MS. The World Cup is still 18 months away and a lot can happen between that,” he said.
“I believe that MS will make the right decision for Indian cricket. There is plenty of time but don’t undervalue the experience that he brings,” he concluded.