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Didn’t expect Dhoni to be picked for SA T20s as Pant deserves more chances: Ganguly

New Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly didn’t count on Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be “picked” for the upcoming T20 Internationals towards South Africa and mentioned the staff administration is totally proper in persisting with younger Rishabh Pant.

The 38-year-old Dhoni’s future in worldwide cricket has been a subject of debate with the nationwide selectors displaying an inclination to look in the direction of the longer term.

Whereas Ganguly doesn’t need folks to “jump the gun” so far as Dhoni’s future is anxious, he made it clear that skipper Virat Kohli’s “expectations” and “what he is communicating” to the senior-most participant within the staff is paramount.

“No, I didn’t expect him to be picked for this series (against South Africa),” Ganguly replied when requested if he was stunned with Dhoni’s omission though the official purpose is his “unavailability”.

“You could make out from West Indies (T20) series, that they (team management) wanted to give Rishabh a chance. They want to pursue with him, which is rightly so. Because when MS came in young, he was also persisted with,” mentioned Dhoni’s first worldwide captain.

Nevertheless, one in every of India’s greatest captains agreed that it’s a difficult scenario which skipper Kohli must take care of.

“I think Virat is very important as to what he is communicating to Dhoni. What he (Kohli) expects of him (Dhoni) is very hard to say. But I don’t think anybody should jump the gun and pass a statement,” mentioned the 47-year-old former skipper.

“I don’t know what’s the communication between, Dhoni, the selectors and the team management. I am a bit far off from those discussions,” he added.

For each elite athlete on the enterprise finish of their careers, a scenario comes the place they should take a tough name, feels Ganguly.

“For each cricketer, there comes a stage and it hasn’t left any athlete –whether or not its Maradona, Sampras, Tendulkar and now Dhoni. While you get to that form of an age, you’ll get to that type of a scenario.

“If Virat and staff administration expects Dhoni to comeback and play, he’ll play, in the event that they really feel like transferring ahead, they might transfer ahead. In fact, the selectors will even play an necessary position,” he opined.

Ganguly additionally doesn’t need Pant to be in comparison with a legend like Dhoni.

Requested if there’s this “elephant in the room” (Dhoni) for Pant, Ganguly sounded dismissive.

“There is no elephant in the room. Rishabh is no MS Dhoni and will not become MS Dhoni in the next 3-4 years. It took 15 years for MS Dhoni to become “the MS Dhoni”. Dhoni is a particular breed in Indian cricket,” mentioned Ganguly, who additionally works with Pant as a ‘Mentor’ of Delhi Capitals.

However on the identical time, he finds it baffling that there have been calls from some quarters to drop the younger keeper-batsman simply because he has failed in a single match regardless of his phenomenal Take a look at report.

“I was reading somewhere after he failed in just two innings in the first Test match, that whether he will play the next Test match. I said “what?”, this fellow obtained 100, just one Take a look at in the past (in Australia) and a few 92s few matches earlier than that (towards West Indies). He’s particular though I gained’t examine him with Dhoni.”

A fit-again Wriddhiman Saha, who’s a month shy of turning 35, has returned to the Indian Take a look at squad however Ganguly mentioned he has no choice however to attend.

“Wriddhiman will have to wait for his chance. Age doesn’t matter here,” mentioned Ganguly.

Kohli is on the verge of changing into India’s most profitable Take a look at captain with 28 wins if his staff wins the continued second Take a look at towards the West Indies in Kingston.

“Virat is a tremendous captain and he is getting better and better. He was criticised when he wasn’t doing well for RCB in the IPL and even then I had said that I believe he is a good captain. I think he has progressed well,” he mentioned.

The West Indies staff has been on a gentle decline previously few many years.

Whereas Ganguly doesn’t need to examine Caribbean outfits from the previous, he’s a bit shocked by their lack of optimistic intent.

“But I am surprised with the way West Indies play Test cricket. They enjoyed winning tosses and putting opposition in and batting on 4th day when they have no chance,” he concluded.

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