‘Slow-mo’ Dhoni gets trolled as India lose ODI in Sydney
Former cricketer Dasgupta says MSD’s form important in run-up to the World Cup
FORMER Indian cricketer and commentator Deep Dasgupta has suggested Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s form will be important for India to assess their stand ahead of the ICC World Cup come April in England.
The former India captain returns to squad for the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand and despite a decline in his batting form, Dhoni remains a central figure in India’s bid to claim the coveted trophy.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Dasgupta explained that Dhoni can provide the extra edge for India by successfully playing the role of a finisher.
“I don’t think there are any doubts about his position at the World Cup but being in form does help. I think if he can score runs here in Australia and New Zealand, the team can play accordingly. If you know what kind of a form he is in, what kind of a role he can play in the match, then it’s easier for the team to plan for the World Cup.
“There are just 13 ODIs to be played before the start of the tournament and I don’t think much will change in terms of team selection,” said Dasgupta, who is part of the Sony Six’s expert panel for the series.
With Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps and Dinesh Karthik as back-up, Rishabh Pant’s chances to play a role at the World Cup are restricted. Despite his impressive showing in the Test series, Dasgupta
Dhoni becomes the fifth player to score 10,000 runs for India ‘ I think if he (Dhoni) can score runs here in Australia and New Zealand, the team can play accordingly. — ’ DEEP DASGUPTA, FORMER WICKETKEEPER
agrees that the Delhi lad is one for the future but doesn’t fit into schemes for the tournament.
“World Cup is too soon for Pant. I think with Dhoni playing, he won’t have the chance to perform. He is one for the future for sure,” he added.
For the upcoming ODI series, 41-year-old has predicted a 2-1 win for India, adding that the matches will come as a great opportunity for young Mohammed Siraj.
“I think India should win the series. Australia has experience and have players to fill the absence of the likes of Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins. I think, with Bumrah rested and a possible rest for Shami as well, Siraj should get the opportunity to lead the line. I think it will be a great chance for him to show his strength and make a claim for himself heading into the World Cup.”