The Indian ODI & Twenty20 captain does not hide his aversion for Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, who have both scored more than 10,000 runs each in one-day cricket
Indian Team’s one-day and Twenty20 captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings) has justified his decision to exclude Sourav Ganguly (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Rahul Dravid (Bangalore Royal Challengers) from the Australian series, betting heavily on his youth policy.
M S Dhoni , who won the highest bid of $1.5 million from Chennai Super Kings in the DLF IPL Twenty20 player auction, said the team’s 2-0 win over Australia is an evidence his policy has worked.
M S Dhoni’s remarks came after Sourav Ganguly hinted he was keen on an ODI recall.
Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly are the only Indians apart from Sachin Tendulkar (Bombay Indians) to score over 10,000 runs in ODIs.
Dhoni said he took the important decision to stick to youth but was criticised by many.
The 26-year-old M S Dhoni was made captain after Rahul Dravid stepped down as skipper saying he wanted to concentrate on his batting. Dhoni then captained the side which won the Twenty20 inaugural World Cup in South Africa.
But many former players, including Bishen Singh Bedi, have made veiled attacks on Dhoni, saying the seniors too contributed to the team’s success. Sachin Tendulkar, the lone player above 30 in the ODI squad in Australia, has also said the seniors’ contribution should not be forgotten. Was that a veiled warning to Dhoni not to go overboard on his new-found success? Only time will tell, but the senior vs junior fight in Team India has been rekindled.