Former captain and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar believes that time has come for Indian cricket to “look beyond Mahendra Singh Dhoni” and invest in youth going into next year’s World T20 in Australia.
However, there has been a raging debate on the options available as Rishabh Pant has not been able to grab his opportunities. But he remains Gavaskar’s “top-choice” going into the marquee event next year.
Asked if Dhoni should be picked for the Bangladesh tour, Gavaskar replied in the negative. “No, we need to look beyond. Mahendra Singh Dhoni at least doesn’t figure in my team. If you are talking about the T20 World Cup, I will certainly think about Rishabh Pant,” Gavaskar told ‘Aaj Tak’.
For Gavaskar, if Pant doesn’t do well, then Sanju Samson is the next best option. “If I need to have an alternate option, then I will think of Sanju Samson because Sanju is a good ‘keeper as well as a good batsman.
Later on the ‘India Today’ channel, Gavaskar said: “I think he (Dhoni) should be going without being pushed out.” Dhoni, who is yet to announce his international retirement, took a two-month sabbatical from the sport after the ODI World Cup but the current selection committee has already indicated that it doesn’t want to look behind.
These statements from Gavaskar disappointed the fans of Dhoni in high time, effect of which they are expressing their emotions in social media platforms. Kollywood filmmaker Suseendran who is known for directing sports films such as “Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu”, “Jeeva” and commercial films such as “Naan Mahaan Alla”, “Paandiyanaadu” has released a statement in his official twitter account by condemning Sunil Gavaskar.
“I condemn Sunil Gavaskar for his statement about “Pushing Dhoni” out of Indian team who won two world cups for the team, without terminating the players who were responsible for India’s failure in the past World cup tournament, ” it was written in the statement.
Check out his twitter post here :
However, Pant’s inconsistency and poor shot-selection is hurting the team’s interest as head coach Ravi Shastri had recently pointed out. Batting coach Vikram Rathour too reminded the team’s youngsters about the difference between a “fearless and careless” approach.
Check out some of the reactions for Suseenthiran’s post :
இவர் பெரிய பிரதமர்…இவர் சொன்னா…கேட்பானுங்க..போய்…படத்தை எடுக்குற வழிய பாருங்க…— வெறித்தனம்.. (@vinothp44685619) September 21, 2019
Dhoni also did the same ,after we won the World Cup 2011 , he removed all the senior players from team.. Even gowtham and shewag they are in good form…— Rajkumar D (@Rajkuma06671700) September 21, 2019
வன்மையாக!!!— Raajesh Kannan (@raajesh_wari) September 21, 2019
நாட்ல அவன் அவன் வேலை இல்லாம இருக்கானுங்க, தமிழக இளைஞர்களுக்கு அரசு வேலை மறுக்கப்படுது , அதப்பத்தில்லாம் உனக்கு கவலை இல்லை.. உனக்கு தோனி வேணுமா… போங்க தம்பி அங்கிட்டு ஓரமா போய் கிரிக்கெட் விளையாடுங்க தோனியோடு…… pic.twitter.com/yoQ7VsaepZ— South Kingdom (@karthic_meck) September 21, 2019
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