Former captain Sourav Ganguly demanded respect for beleaguered Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying he has astonishing ODI records as skipper and needs to be given all the time in the world to take a decision.
Following India’s defeat in the second ODI against Bangladesh, in an unusual show of emotions, Dhoni last night said he can step away from captaincy if it brings back good days to Indian cricket.
Ganguly said one must not take it seriously since Dhoni’s words were result of frustration.
“He has said it in the heat of the moment and it’s not right. He was upset after the defeat. Leave it there. Everybody has to sit together and think. Don’t put MS Dhoni down, he has a terrific record in ODIs. Give respect to him,” Ganguly told a TV Channel.
When asked if he thinks Dhoni should continue as captain at least till 2016 World Twenty20, Ganguly said, “It’s not an individual decision. Let’s cool down, let the series be finished. Such a decision can’t be taken overnight.
“Whoever has to take a decision, has to take long-term aspect in mind. There is BCCI president, secretary general and office bearers. He should be given all the time in the world. Whether he wants to continue and has the power to lift the side…”
When reminded that he was part of the BCCI Advisory Committee and can make a suggestion on the matter to the Board, Ganguly said, “I am not sure if it is part of the Advisory Committee.”
Ganguly did not make a big issue out of the fatigue factor, saying all the teams have jam-packed schedule and one has to find a way to succeed despite the crammed FTP.
Dhoni has a lot to offer: Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar said it is too early to write off Dhoni and called him the best Indian ODI skipper ever and still has a lot to offer.
India lost the first two ODIs to allow Bangladesh take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series and Dhoni said he is willing to quit if it helps Indian cricket.
However, Gavaskar advised against knee-jerk reactions and said the decision should be left to Dhoni.
“It is a decision he has to take. Look, you can’t take away the achievements from him. He is India’s best captain by far. He has done almost everything, be it, T20, ODIs, Champions Trophy or World Cup. He took India to the number one ranking in Tests. So his achievement is manifold,” Gavaskar told a news channel.
“He deserves respect and recognition for it and it should be up to him whether he feels up for the job, whether he has the enthusiasm. I do not think it would be fair to remove him as captain. It is a decision which out of sheer respect for the man, should be left to him.”