New Delhi: Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman says that India's recent success shows, a captain is as good as his team, and the presence of other finishers in the side has made life easier for Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Laxman, while praising Dhoni a day after he led India to the Asia Cup title, said the Indian skipper has lot more options, be it in batting or bowling, than what he had in 2015.
VVS Laxman. AFP
"What I like about Dhoni is that he is very equanimous. He never changes on a cricket field. For me, his worst time came in 2011 when the team lost badly in England and Australia. Then too he remained calm and composed. The team is doing well now under his leadership and that also show that the captain is as good as his team," said Laxman at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket conclave in New Delhi on Monday.
Further making his point, Laxman said: "In terms of the batting, he has realised that there are other finishers in the team and he is not the only one. That should help his batting going forward. In bowling, he has so much more options than last year with the return of Ashish Nehra and emergence of Jasprit Bumrah. Then you have all-rounders like Yuvraj, Pandya and Raina. That gives him many more options."
Laxman added that the other teams in Asia have a lot of catching up to do with India. Sharing the dais with Laxman, Pakistan great Inzamam ul Haq agreed with his former Indian rival, but not before suggesting that Pakistan is very much capable of making a turnaround in the World T20, starting in India on 8 March.
"It only takes one good match for a turnaround. Pakistan is not as good as India at the moment but they can surely bounce back," said Inzamam.
The batting great further said that the thing that is hurting Pakistan the most is lack of international cricket in Pakistan. "Not many people followed the team when it was playing against Australia and England in UAE. But last year when Zimbabwe came to Pakistan to play three games, everyone took notice of it. Our younger players are not able to see international stars in action, it is discouraging for a lot of them. Now Pakistan Super League has started but it will take 3-4 years before it benefits Pakistan cricket," he said.