oppn parties Should Dhoni Be Dropped From the T20 Team?

News Snippets

  • Police stop a 12-year old girl on her way to the Sabarimala shrine
  • In Karnataka, the JD(S) indicates that it might support the BJP government if it falls short of numbers after the bypolls
  • Congress pips the BJP in local body elections in Rajasthan, winning 961 wards to the BJPs 737
  • After Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, Jio also indicates that tariffs will be raised from December
  • Sources in Shiv Sena say that they might revive the alliance with the BJP if it offers the 50:50 deal
  • A miffed Sanjay Rout of the Shiv Sena says that it will take "100 births" to understand Sharad Pawar
  • Mobile operators Vodafone-Idea and Airtel decide to raise tariffs from next month
  • Sharad Pawar meets Sonia Gandhi and says more time needed for government formation in Maharashtra
  • Justice S A Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India
  • Supreme Court holds hotels liable for theft of vehicle from their parking area if parked by valet, says "owner's risk" clause is not a shield from such liability
  • Finance Minister says she is receiving feedback from many sectors that recovery is happening as there is lower stress
  • Sabarimala temple opens, but police bar the entry of women below 50 years
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India and BPCL to be sold off by March
  • Media person Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president
  • Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress postpone meeting the governor of Maharashtra
Two Muslim litigants in Ayodhya refuse to accept the Supreme Court order, say review petition might be filed
oppn parties
Should Dhoni Be Dropped From the T20 Team?

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Is M S Dhoni past his use-by date for playing T20 cricket? A crescendo of voices is rising in favor of his omission from the T20 team. The latest to join the bandwagon is former supposed all-rounder Ajit Agarkar (who many thought got into the Indian team not due to his talent but only because he was a Mumbai player as the region had a stronghold on BCCI then). Agarkar has said that Dhoni has no business being in the T20 team. Previously, V V S Laxman and Akash Chopra also aired similar views. All this is happening on the strength of just one slow innings in the second T20 versus New Zealand which India lost by 40 runs.

When the team loses badly after an inept batting display, it is called a bad day in the office. But when Dhoni fails to get into the groove in a particular innings, it is assumed that his playing days are over and he should make way for a younger player in the shortest format of the game. Before criticizing Dhoni, people would be advised to take a look at what the youngsters in the team did in that particular innings. When a youngster fails repeatedly, people say it is just a matter of one innings before he clicks. But when Dhoni fails in just one or two innings, they yell for his head. People also forget the immense contribution Dhoni is making behind the stumps and in giving inputs to Virat Kohli on the field.

Dhoni’s presence is very inspirational for a youngster, both on the field and in the dressing room. While it is true that a team cannot carry a player, however reputed, just on the strength of his past performances, it is also true that experience and class are more valuable then raw talent. Further, where is the wicketkeeper-batsman to replace Dhoni in the T20 team? None of the others – Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel, Sanju Samson or Naman Ojha – come anywhere near Dhoni, both in batting or wicket-keeping, let alone providing inputs to the skipper. Is it better to give a sub-standard player a chance or is it better to keep a proven, experienced and astute player? Saurav Ganguly is right when he says that Dhoni should approach T20’s differently and the team management should speak to him about it. There is no doubt Dhoni has some more years to contribute to the Indian cricket team in both the shorter formats. Meanwhile, a wicket-keeper batsman who can carry forward his mantle in T20’s must be found.