MS Dhoni is still good enough to bat at any position and his experience shouldn't be undervalued, says Adam Gilchrist

"Dhoni will know if he is keen enough and committed enough (to play the 2019 World Cup). Whether he is prepared to make the sacrifices to be there," Gilchrist said.

PTI, Nov,02 2017

New Delhi: The Indian cricket team benefits more than it knows from Mahendra Singh Dhoni's presence, feels Australian legend Adam Gilchrist, who says the former Indian captain's experience should not be undervalued.

"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'.

File image of MS Dhoni. AP

File image of MS Dhoni. AP

For someone, who redefined the role of a keeper-batsman, Gilchrist opined that Dhoni is still good enough to bat at any position from Nos 3 to 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.

"I am not aware of his statistics for the past 12 months or so but I don't think he has let the team down when he has been asked to do a job. I love Virat (Kohli) and all the Indian players' passion and aggression. It's always nice to be balanced up by some experience and wise head," stated Gilchrist.

While there is still some time to go for the 2019 World Cup, Gilchrist said he is not sure if there is anyone around the corner who can replace the Jharkhand dasher in the 50-over format.

"Dhoni will know if he is keen enough and committed enough (to play the 2019 World Cup). Whether he is prepared to make the sacrifices to be there," he said.

But then he asked a more pertinent question.

"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 reminded.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli now has 49 international hundreds and Gilchrist said that all batting records are in danger.

"I think every batting statistic is in danger across all formats. It's extraordinary. He is a world-class batsman. Even if he doesn't break all the batting records, he will certainly get close to all of them," he said.

Published Date: Nov 02, 2017 | Updated Date: Nov 02, 2017




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2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
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2 India 6680 119
3 England 6320 115
4 New Zealand 6404 114
5 Australia 6012 113
6 Pakistan 4811 96
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2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
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