New Delhi: Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist feels India’s ODI and T20 captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be left alone to take a call regarding his future in international cricket as he has “earned” this right.
On the sidelines of an interactive session with school kids here, Gilchrist, who is now Australia’s Education Ambassador to India, told reporters that the Indian skipper has “earned the rights” to take decisions on his own.
“I don’t like the fact that at this stage of a player’s career, journalists or even the public start asking these questions. I don’t see any evidence that he (Dhoni) is not upto the standards. He doesn’t get too many decisions wrong.
There was a time when he felt that it was time for Test cricket when everyone asked ‘why’. Similarly, he would take a call on limited overs cricket too,” said the former wicketkeeper.
Speculations are rife that Rahul Dravid might take over the duty of coaching the Indian team.
‘Gilly’ feels that the 43-year-old former India batsman fits the bill perfectly.
“Rahul’s cricketing experience as a batsman or as a mentor or as a cricket mind is on par with anyone else in the world. I watched with interest when he took charge of the U-19 Indian team in the world cup and achieved considerable success. I wouldn’t be surprised if it falls on him,” quipped the swashbuckling left-handed batsman, who also ruled out any possibilities of him donning the hat of a coach anytime soon.
“I have no aspirations to become a coach. I coach my son’s U-14 team and that itself is a big challenge,” said the 44-year-old.
Gilchrist feels that in spite of the recent controversies, IPL remains a prize catch in the world of cricket.
“Players have benefitted from the IPL. It’s lucrative financially. From an administrative point of view, it has had its ups and downs. Hopefully, a consistent model can be worked out,” he elaborated.
The owner of 17 Test hundreds though agree that T20 cricket has affected the playing style of classical Test batsmen.