What is Indian Cricket’s Future After MS Dhoni?

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 | 0

MS Dhoni was once known for his stickler for perfection. He was considered India’s new-found cricket deity; but, more than that, an ideal choice to take over the reins from the highly-successful Saurav Ganguly. And, to the surprise of many, he led India to unprecedented success with his inimitable perception, audacious persona and colossal endeavor to reinstate India on the map of world cricket.

But, Dhoni, widely known to be the captain with Midas touch, is slowly losing the gleam that he once solely possessed. His defensive tactics in Tests came under the scanner that eventually compelled him to give up on the longest format of the game. At 35, it is clear that Dhoni’s remarkable cricketing voyage is heading towards twilight. It is, therefore, time to look beyond him and groom the younger lot.

One name that comes straight into the mind is Virat Kohli. It goes without saying that he is an apt heir apparent to Dhoni. And, at 28, age is also by his side. He has not only established himself as one of the best batsmen in the world, but has also astonished many with his aggressive style of leadership in a brief stint as Test skipper. No wonder, one can see Kohli bolster India to clinch and preserve the coveted mace for a long time.

But will Dhoni, the keeper, be missed? Wriddhiman Saha is arguably the best wicket-keeper available, and has been doing an excellent job with the gloves on. His agility combined with safe pair of hands hasn’t made India miss Dhoni’s services, at least, behind the stumps.

Coming to the shorter formats, Dhoni’s domination is somewhat still intact. Not only is he the quickest glovesman available, but is also a destructive finisher. However, once Dhoni hangs-up his boots from all forms, he will leave behind big shoes to fill in. His departure will leave the No. 6 position in jeopardy, with the quest of a new wicket-keeper looking set to arise.

It goes without saying that Indian cricket will be racked with distress once Dhoni retires, for he had an aura of his own. One way to subsist the domination ignited by Dhoni is to prepare the young crop of players and reward them with chances against relatively mediocre opponents. Groom the Rahuls, Ojhas and the Samsons, for otherwise, it will be too late. There is certainly a lot to ponder upon!



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