Former Indian wicket-keeper batsman Kiran More has heaped rich praises on the World Cup winning former Indian captain MS Dhoni. More, calling Dhoni a ‘package’, said that the Indian spinners like Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav are missing the Dhoni’s guidance from behind the stumps.
More, further interacting with Indian Women’s coach WV Raman said that Jadeja and Kuldeep are “no longer the same bowlers”. He even said that the Indian spinners are struggling in Dhoni’s absence.
‘‘During Dhoni’s time, he was constantly giving advice to bowlers on what length or line to bowl – albeit mostly in Hindi. Now that Dhoni is not there behind the wickets, India’s spinners are struggling – you will see Kuldeep (Yadav) or (Ravindra) Jadeja are no longer the same bowlers. He has done it for 10-12 years with aplomb as Virat Kohli could afford to stand in the deep, but now he has to either stand at short extra cover or mid off to talk to the bowlers,’’ he said.
Will Be Very Difficult To Find Another MS Dhoni: Kiran More
Kiran More, further pointing out that a wicketkeeper has the best position in the ground to read the game, reckoned that that the countries like England, Pakistan and South Africa are hunting for a wicketkeeper-batsman as captain because of what Dhoni achieved in his tenure.
‘‘It will be very difficult to find another Dhoni. If you see so many countries like Pakistan, England or South Africa trying with a wicketkeeper-batsman as captain, it’s because they have seen the benefit of having someone like him behind the stumps to read the game from the best position in the ground,” said Kiran More while speaking to WV Raman.
MS Dhoni Was Brought to Whack Balls And Give Rahul Dravid a Respite: Kiran More
The 58-year old recalled that MS Dhoni was brought in the Indian team to give Rahul Dravid a ‘respite’ from wicket-keeping.
“The scenario was something like this: Rahul Dravid had already kept in 75 One-day Internationals, so we were looking for a wicketkeeper-batsman who could whack the ball and we could give Rahul a respite. There was surely something special about the way he approached the game. We picked him for India A to Kenya, where he had a good tour and scored over 600 runs. We already had players like Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh but when Dhoni came, he was a complete package and took the Indian cricket by storm,’’ More recalled.