State of Indian Cricket: MS Dhoni
Its been a week since the news broke out. Amarnath and the gang of selectors wanted to get rid of Dhoni as Test captain. Their Reason: Poor performance.
This decision was over-turned by the President of the BCCI, Mr Srinivas. And controversy followed.
Now lets take a step back, and see how Dhoni has done in Test Cricket. I’d rate him on 3 major criteria:
He’s proven to be the most successful test captain Indian cricket has ever seen. I dug up some stats, and looked at the best win %’s of all Indian test captains who’ve captained the team 5 or more times. The results did shock me, atleast where L. Amarnath (Jimmy’s dad) stood in the list.
2. Wicket keeping performance:
Dhoni is the most successful test Indian keeper. #Fact. He has the highest dismissals per innings of any previous Indian keeper, as well as the most amount of dismissals.
3. Batting performance:
Dhoni’s Test batting average is 38. Again, the most in history of all Indian keepers. Kirmani was 27, Farooq Engineer was 31, Nayan Mongia 24 and Kiran More 25.
Yet, there are calls for his head.
Indian cricket has had great captains in the past. But we’ve never had a leader of Dhoni’s class. And its about time we create a structure to support his vision for Indian cricket.
Leaders are not judged by bad results in 2 series. They are judged by character, vision and of course stats. And Dhoni has it all!