Syed Kirmani feels MS Dhoni shouldn’t have retired from Tests
He also felt that Samson or Pant should not be rushed to international cricket.
Published - Mar 11, 2018 4:52 pm | Updated - Mar 11, 2018 4:52 pm
The former India wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani has opined that MS Dhoni shouldn’t have retired from the longest format of the game in 2014. Dhoni hung up his boots for the whites during the tour of Australia midway through the Test series after the third Test between the two teams was drawn. Interestingly, the news of his retirement came through the press release of BCCI. However, Kirmani also feels that Dhoni’s presence in the team would’ve helped the younger lot to know the rigours of Test cricket.
Virat Kohli was appointed at the helm soon after his retirement but even the whole team was shocked with his decision as none of them knew that he was going to bid adieu. Wriddhiman Saha has taken over the role behind the wickets since then and has done decently well. Though the team would never get the batsman like Dhoni in the format.
Virat still needs his guidance
Syed Kirmani felt that Dhoni didn’t do the right thing by retiring from Tests during the series against Australia in 2014-15. “I still feel Dhoni didn’t do the right thing by retiring from Tests. Virat still needs his guidance and also the next batch could have learnt more about the rigours of Test cricket from him,” he said according to PTI on Sunday.
The 68-year-old also believed that Saha, Dinesh Karthik and Parthiv Patel were the perfect picks in Dhoni’s absence and also added that the players like Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant should not be rushed to the senior level cricket.
“In Tests, it will be a choice between Wriddhiman Saha, Parthiv [Patel] and maybe Karthik. It will depend on who is in form and remains fit. Don’t induct a Pant or a Sanju Samson straightaway. I would want them to show more consistency at the first-class level for a considerable period along with peak fitness and immaculate keeping technique,” Kirmani concluded.
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