Sunil Gavaskar hails MS Dhoni’s captaincy

Dhoni overtook Azharuddin to become India's most successful ODI skipper by winning 91 matches.

By: Press Trust of India | Birmingham | Published:September 3, 2014 9:21 pm
Gavaskar also said that Test cricket was the mother of cricket. (Source: AP) Gavaskar appreciated Dhoni but also said that Test cricket was the mother of cricket. (Source: AP)

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar today refused to draw comparison between country’s most successful ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his predecessors, but said that going by sheer record the wicketkeeper-batsman surpassed all his seniors.

Dhoni registered his 91st ODI win as India captain, edging past Mohammad Azharuddin to become the most successful one-day skipper during his side’s emphatic nine-wicket win over England in the fourth match of the series in Birmingham yesterday.

“If you look at stats after 50-100 matches it will give you a fair bit of idea about consistency of a performer. But what I feel is that is unfair to compare captains of different era,” Gavaskar said.

“But going by sheer statistical record, Dhoni definitely tops all and no one can deny this fact. I feel may be he is much more comfortable in shorter formats.

“His strength is thinking quickly and 50-over format allows you to do that,” the batting legend told NDTV.

He also hailed India’s ODI record in overseas soil but said according to him Test cricket is the mother of all formats.

“They are certainly handling the conditions better in ODIs. They have won a lot of ODIs out of the country and have consistently performed in overseas conditions,” Gavaskar said.

“In the three ODIs India have completely outplayed England. India definitely have done a lot better that what England did in the Test series.

“But I haven’t forgotten the Test series drubbing because for me Test is always number one, it separates men from boys,” he said.

Gavaskar also hailed young Ajinkya Rahane, who smashed his maiden ODI century at Edgbaston to help India take an invincible 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

“Rahane performed well here, he batted well in the earlier overseas series as well. I think he certainly showed he has the capability of batting in every circuit,” he said

For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App now

  1. No Comments.

IPL Fixtures

TODAY

32nd T20

04:00 PM (IST) April 28, 2017 .

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TODAY

33rd T20

08:00 PM (IST) April 28, 2017 .

Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

34th T20

04:00 PM (IST) April 29, 2017 .

Rising Pune Supergiant vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

35th T20

08:00 PM (IST) April 29, 2017 .

Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians

Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot

36th T20

04:00 PM (IST) April 30, 2017 .

Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali