MS Dhoni announced yesterday that he would be stepping down as captain of the ODI and T20 teams, and Dhoni’s critics have questioned his place in the team as just a mere wicket-keeper and batsman.
Former India coach Gary Kirsten warned India of replacing MS Dhoni as the captain of Indian limited overs, “If anyone doubts his ability, I think they would be making a grave mistake. You replace MS Dhoni at your peril. The experience I have had is that all great leaders have great performances until the end of their careers. So if you’re willing to let MS Dhoni go, and you know that he might have potentially a great World Cup performance left in him, then you take the risk of that.” Gary said.
Gary Kirsten’s last assignment as the coach of the Indian team was the 2011 World Cup which India won after a 28-year wait under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. Kirsten and have shared a special professional bond with each other. The coach-captain-coach had yielded wonderful results for Team India on the field.
The remarkable World Cup winning campaign was a wonderful era for Indian cricket.
Gary Kirsten has closely seen Dhoni from his early captaincy days to the magnificent highs of lifting the 2011 World Cup. The South African’s insights will help in knowing a thing or two about how Dhoni carried the Indian team through one of its golden eras.
MS Dhoni stepping out on the field in blue but not as the captain will be an intriguing sight for the fans. It will also be interesting to see how he shapes up as a player under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.
Moments after Dhoni stepped down as the captain of the limited overs format, the cricket fraternity turned to their Twitter handles in praise of Dhoni’s era as a captain. And Captain Cool deserved every bit of it.