India vs South Africa: Syed Kirmani hails visitors' turnaround after Test series loss, says 5-1 win in ODIs 'showed their real potential'

Former India wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani has lauded the manner in which the national cricket team has bounced back after losing the Test series in South Africa, saying the Virat Kohli-led side showcased its real potential and talent in the ODI series triumph.

PTI, February 19, 2018

Chennai: Former India wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani has lauded the manner in which the national cricket team has bounced back after losing the Test series in South Africa, saying the Virat Kohli-led side showcased its real potential and talent in the ODI series triumph.

"Before they (the team) could get acclimatised to the conditions in South Africa, they lost the Test series. They however, bounced back well and showed their capabilities in the ODIs and won it," he told PTI over phone from Bengaluru.

"It was a great comeback by the team to show their real potential and talent and win the one-day series," he said. After losing the Test series 2-1, India bounced back strongly to claim the six-match ODI series 5-1.

File image of Syed Kirmani. News18

File image of Syed Kirmani. News18

Kirmani also said it was unfair to criticise Mahendra Singh Dhoni on various counts, including his keeping technique, adding he had produced results, which was more important.

"It is all about results. Those who are criticising Dhoni about his keeping and batting are not aware that he has produced results everywhere.

"That is the trend these days, we don't want technique, but we want results," he said.

He also lauded the Jharkhand stumper for the manner in which he had performed, led the side and carried himself over the years.

"He has taken the country to the top in all the formats, led from the front. Also, he has been a great ambassador for the country and has all the credentials of a great leader. So why talk about his technique, when he has produced results," the 68-year old Kirmani said about the former India captain.

The former Karnataka stumper said the concept of specialist wicket-keepers was no longer relevant in modern day cricket, especially in limited-overs format.

"Since the inception of ODIs, the emphasis has been on the inclusion of a batsman who can keep wickets, so that another all-rounder can be included in the team.

Rahul (Dravid) donned the role of keeper till the 2003 World Cup. This is continuing all over the world now. Specialist keeper is no longer the norm," he added.

Kirmani, a key member of the squad that won the 1983 World Cup, said there was no dearth of quality wicket-keepers in India and listed Wriddhiman Saha, Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel and Naman Ojha as the ones who are at the forefront now.

"Saha, Karthik, Parthiv, Naman Ojha are there. They are all equally good. Whoever shows consistency and delivers gets the opportunity. They could be rotated depending on that," he added.

He also said there were others like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson, who are promising wicket-keepers and good competitors.

Updated Date: Feb 19, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114