MS Dhoni backs national players who missed Ranji Trophy matches, says 'individual preferences should not be criticised'

Shikhar Dhawan decided to give Ranji Trophy a miss while someone like Ambati Rayudu, who plays for India in only one format decided to retire from first-class cricket.

Press Trust of India, Dec 28, 2018 22:37:46 IST

Chennai: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Friday urged people to refrain "criticising individual preferences" with regards to the criticism faced by a number of India internationals who have skipper this year's Ranji Trophy.

Shikhar Dhawan decided to give Ranji Trophy a miss while someone like Ambati Rayudu, who plays for India in only one format decided to retire from first-class cricket.

While Dhoni has retired from the longer format in 2014, Sunil Gavaskar recently had suggested that he should play a bit of first-class cricket in order to remain match-fit.

MS Dhoni backs national players who missed Ranji Trophy matches, says individual preferences should not be criticised

File image of MS Dhoni. AFP

"It is important to safeguard players. We have to make the domestic circuit slightly less challenging (he was referring to itinerary) for the individual. Moreover, it is important to be not too critical of T20 cricket and also individual preferences. Individual preferences should not be criticised," Dhoni said during the launch of former BCCI president and India Cements top boss N Srinivasan's book release.

Dhoni seemed pretty satisfied with how the Indian team across formats have shaped and attributed the success in Australia to the quality bowling unit at their disposal.

"I am very happy with the way our cricket is going. See... the fast bowlers how they are bowling in the Test arena. To win a Test match, we need 20 wickets whether it is spinners or the fast bowlers.

"As of now, we have a bowling attack that is taking 20 Test wickets every match, which means we have the chance of winning every Test match that we are play," the two-time World Cup winning captain said.

While Dhoni said it was important to keep the bowlers injury-free, another former skipper Rahul Dravid said that with the squad more or less picking itself, it is all about fine-tuning from now on.

"We have to play the World Cup like it is a bilateral series. We have played well in white ball cricket in recent years. It will also be more about keeping the bowlers injury-free," Dravid said.

"The team is pretty much finalised. Our white ball cricket in the last one-and-half to two years has been quite exceptional. It is about fine-tuning from here. It is also about getting everyone to that tournament fit and getting everyone to that tournament in good form," he added.

Anil Kumble on the other hand felt that it won't be a bad idea to rest India players, especially the bowlers during the seven-week Indian Premier League.

"It is important to keep the bowlers fresh. Batsmen get a lot of opportunities in the IPL. Resting a few of the top players for a few of the IPL games would be (a) good (idea) but the franchises may not do that," Kumble said.

Speaking at a book release function, Dhoni said he got to learn a lot from Srinivasan as he shares a special bond with him.

"I got to learn a lot from him. The interactions have been very friendly because I was with the CSK for the longest time. With Srinivasan sir, it was a very special bonding," he added.

Updated Date: Dec 28, 2018 22:37:46 IST






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