India news August 20, 2013

Dhoni praises Kohli, youngsters

ESPNcricinfo staff

MS Dhoni, the India captain, said he was happy with the experience gained by the younger players in the series against Zimbabwe and on India A's ongoing tour of South Africa. According to Dhoni, these performances will hold India in good stead when the team embarks on their tour of South Africa in late November.

"The exposure the boys are getting in Zimbabwe and South Africa will help them in the long run," Dhoni said. "It will help them when they take on a quality opposition like South Africa later this year. They have done really well and the experience will help them in adjusting to conditions better."

India swept Zimbabwe 5-0 in their ODI tour, while India A took the the one-day tri-series, beating Australia A in the final. India A are also playing two unofficial Tests against South Africa A and have dominated the first game so far.

Dhoni praised stand-in captain, Virat Kohli for his leadership during the Zimbabwe tour: "I think Virat did well in Zimbabwe. He is an expressive guy and that is important. He has changed a lot in the last one year and his approach is positive. His batting performance as captain is a good sign for Indian cricket."

Focusing on Australia's upcoming ODI tour, which begins on October 10, Dhoni felt that the toss would be vital in dictating the outcome of the series, given that all the matches will be played into the night. "Around that time there will be a lot of dew, so it will be vital to win the toss. We will still try to give our best in the series," he said.

With former India captains Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly presenting their greatest Indian ODI and Test teams recently, Dhoni felt that such an exercise was futile because the game had evolved over the years: "I don't think I will ever make my all-time greatest India team. You cannot compare one era with another as they will be different.

"Whether a player has played one match or a hundred, we should give him respect for what he has achieved and leave it at that. It is like comparing two-stroke bikes with four-stroke. I don't think you will get a better product by mixing them."

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  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Dhoni's view bout youngsters is perfectly true but I think about Virat, he is speculating too early. Virat is no doubt a very good composed batsman. But about his leadership qualities, it is very hard to say he is fit for the job. 5/0 against Zimbabwe cant be mejorment of any ledership. Today our any Ranji team can win against Zimbabwe with 5/0. And even a schoolboy can lead India and win by 5/0. Everybody has observed Virat leading on bigger stage, IPL. Definately IPL has much much bigger status than Zimbabwe ODI series. In last IPL Virat was the capatain of RCB. Unfortunately we saw mere over agression from Virat than skillfull leader. Even he fought on the ground with Gambhir, his team mate. In the match against MI he un-nessesory commented on Rohits desision of batting first at the toss. People wood at him after the the match. On the other hand I remember Rohits leadership in the finals of IPL. Raina's wicket was the most crucial & we can say captains wicket. We saw Dhoni in Rohit.

  • Dummy4 on August 22, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    and about coaches - best players aren't always best coaches, but which book says ordinary players are always good coaches. Waqar left Pakistan as a coach, which saw a decline of Umar gul as a bowler, after a good world cup with the semis being an exception. Look at how much stark improved after a talk with wasim after ordinary test series in NZ. what about how donald groomed philander or improvement in siddle and hilfenous after craig mcdermott got selected. So good players don't make ordinary coaches either. And if u are talking about grass root level, I am not talking about talent, which India has heaps. But fact Australia has been so good for long time despite a tiny population is a testament to its domestic structure. I have heard a lot about corruption at grass root level in India, which doesn't make it an ideal structure. U are mixing talent pool with actual sporting structure and development process of players.

  • Dummy4 on August 22, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    @ramz- u have again misread my comments completely. I said Australia's decline made the difference between being runners up in 2003 and and winning world cup in 2011. They did lose to an amazing Australian team in final didn't they. Where did I say that because Australia declined it allowed India to perform. And where did I say that Raina didn't make his debut in 2005. But in 2006 he was completely exposed in SA, and wasn't picked until mid 2008 after IPL, so he wasn't in form for 5 years (which u said) and whole world knows his mental dilemma with short ball. Also likes of sharma and kholi played brilliantly against touring australian practice game yet waited for so long to make test debut. Don't get me wrong, Raina is a brilliant talent,and he is not too bad against the short ball.problem is he is trying to prove everyone that he does play it well and because it plays on his mind, he ends up throwing his wicket away. My concern is reasoning behind test selection,he later got exposed

  • Ramya on August 21, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    @NamanGupta - Raina made his ODI debut in 2005 and has been around since - plz get ur stats right. His test call was made on those grounds with his Intl exp!I can c frm ur msgs tht u value only test cricket & nothing else. If u have been watching TV & reading papers, u wud have known tht the likes of Ian Chappel, Michael Holding(he s not a big fan of T20) had mentioned time & again abt the domestic grooming structure at the grass root level - India's dominance in U-19 & U-23 tourneys have been attributed to that!

    I am a Dravid fan too but u cant deny the fact tht it was Dada who brought the likes of Yuvi, Zaheer, Pathan, Harbajan, into the team! A captain is not someone who plans strategies on the field - he has to groom players as well - which Dada had done exceptionally well!

    U say so urself - Yuvi, Kaif - only two names as good fielders - Dhawan, SRJ, Rahane, Kohli, Rayudu, B.Kumar, R.Sharma, etc., are some of the best fielders we have on our cards - who have all performed in IPL

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Srinideva: completely agree with you. MSD is a gift and we are lucky to have him. Regarding IPL, I can safely say it has made India an excellent fielding side and players can soak up pressure better now. IPL has also injected innovative stroke play which was not found in the cricket text books. Therefore IPL has contributed a lot in these respects.

  • Android on August 21, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    yea they were great this india is a much better side than with the oldies. and thanks to the IPL for this.:)

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    secondly - what is the main difference between india winning 2011 worldcup and faltering in 2003 final - the decline of Australian cricket team. So where does IPL team come into pitchure. And what about coaches. likes of waqar, donald, wasim are coachin IPL, but here we have international coaches that haven't even played a test match. And best domestic structure. Mate I have heard lots of praises for county and shield system, widely regarded as the best, but when did people say ranji was the best. About T20 - well it has been years since India crossed semis in T20 world cup, so can't say IPL is best in the world. So even this argument is incorrect - and please elaborate how did this tournament improve India's domestic structures.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    @ramz- what are u talking about raina wasn't even in team from 2007-2008. So him being in form for 5 years is now way near true. And where did I say that T20 is not big in SA or England. I said that they were the only teams that didn't suffer, especially in tests, from extensive T20 leagues. Secondly I am no dada fan. Infact I believe it wasn't Dada, but dravid that was India's best test captain. And Ipl gave India 2011 world cup, mate looked at top run scorers and top wicket takers for India in 2011 world cup, most of those players started well before IPL began. And what is with this mentality that IPL gave us these players. Kaif and yuvraj were brilliant fielders at their peak, it wasn't IPL that helped them play for India. Likes of Rohit sharma played for India before IPL began and he is a brilliant fielder. So this argument doesn't hold. ANd for god sake a T20 tournament isn't needed for a rebuilding phase where seniors are replaced by youngsters.

  • Ramya on August 20, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    @ naman gupta - Raina was in the ODI form for abt 5 yrs before he made his test debut, how can u say that he got a test cap because of IPL? He has been the second best finisher for India in the shorter formats only next to MSD - be reasonable in ur accusation of someone!

    If Eng thinks T20 is rubbish, then why is it begging the BCCI to fwd the IPL to be completed by Apr so that its players can play? Ind which was ridiculed by Eng, Aus and SA in the past has grown up in stature both in financial aspects as well as in performance - IPL has much to do with this!

    Ofcourse the performance turnaround was initiated by Dada & Co and carried on well by MSD & many be in the near future will be handed over to young Virat! Ind has been lauded by all cricketing nations for having the best domestic system for all 3 formats of the game. V shud be proud of the achvmnts of this young side tht is lead by an able captain! Ind has been the only team to have come up trumps in its transitional phase!