After stepping down from captaincy in January, India’s star cricketer MS Dhoni is enjoying his game to the fullest in ODI’s and T20I’s.
Meanwhile, his childhood coach, Keshav Banerjee, feels that the upcoming Champions Trophy would decide the fate of India’s most successful skipper.
“At the moment, his sole focus is on the Champions Trophy. If he’s successful there, I think he would go on till the World Cup 2019,” Banerjee said during the launch of an U-14 cricket tournament.
Though there has been a drop in success ratio of Dhoni in finishing the games but Banerjee feels that Mahi still has a sharp brain.
“It’s natural that with age, you would not hit the same strike rate. But his will power and game-analysing sense are the two qualities that make him special. He’s out there playing domestic one-dayers (Vijay Hazare Trophy) to keep himself in shape ahead of the Champions Trophy.”
On MSD stepping down from limited overs captaincy, Banerjee said, “He never liked to be pushed so he called it quits before anyone could point fingers at him in the Tests format.” “He never kept anyone in the loop, even his best friend or parents did not know when he quit Tests.”
The coach seemed to be unhappy with the way Mahi was removed as skipper of IPL team Rising Pune Supergiants for the upcoming season. “It appeared to me a decision by the team owners as Dhoni did not have any choice now but to play this season (with Chennai Super Kings being suspended),” he added.