Former pacer Javagal Srinath came out in support of India’s limited over captain skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is under fire over his poor form and the team’s dismal T20 performance against South Africa.
“Dhoni is one of the best captains India ever had. I suppose he is number one captain in the world,” Srinath told Hindustan Times.
Recently, Srinath’s former bowling partner and former Indian paceman Ajit Agarkar was under attack on social media after he questioned Dhoni’s place in the team in the limited over matches.
Commenting on the ongoing ODI series between India and South Africa, Srinath said India was on the right path and it would interesting to see what happens in the coming matches.
“Virat (Kohli) is back in form and that is a good sign…Top order has to click. Somebody playing at the top order and did not click makes a lot of difference,” said the former Indian right-hand pace bowler.
The former Indian pacer advocated for Decision Review System (DRS) system that gives an opportunity to team whether the umpire’s decision was correct. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has so far not shown any enthusiasm on DRS.
Suggesting ways to fast bowlers to brush up skills, Srinath said those who want to be pacers must start early in the age and practise to bowl no less than 600-700 overs a year.
Srinath, who is also director of the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals being played here at Abhimanyu Cricket Stadium, said campus sports was the unexplored field.
Eight teams--India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, UAE, South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and Australia--are participating in the tournament. The finals will be played today between England and South Africa.
The former cricketer said best part of youngsters participating in such tournaments was that the professionalism comes at an early age.
“Indian cricket has a better structured system. Duleep Trophy, Vizi Trophy are two such tournaments that help in grooming upcoming talent,” he said.
The ICC referee also suggested more league tournaments at district-level so that it could help groom the young talent.