`Criticising Dhoni is like questioning Sachin`s ability`

`Criticising Dhoni is like questioning Sachin`s ability`

Last Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 16:34
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`Criticising Dhoni is like questioning Sachin`s ability`Ranchi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s first coach Chanchal Bhattacharya on Thursday heaped praise on his beleaguered ward saying criticising the Indian skipper would be like questioning the run-making ability of Sachin Tendulkar.

The 49-year-old Bhattacharya, under whom Dhoni made the life-changing switch from being a football goalkeeper to a wicketkeeper in 1995, feels the critics should refrain from making negative statements.

"The other day (Sunil) Gavaskar was after Dhoni`s captaincy and recently (after the win in Kochi) I`ve heard him saying there cannot be a captain like him," Bhattacharya said.

"Criticism is always welcome but it should be healthy. You should understand everyday is not a Sunday. He has given you all the titles -- from the World T20 title, the World Cup victory and being No 1 in Tests. It`s like questioning the ability of Tendulkar`s run-making skills."


But looking at the tremendous workload of Dhoni, Bhattacharya said the Indian skipper can consider giving up one format by 2014.

"Looking at World Cup 2015, I`m sure he`s seriously thinking about giving up one format. However, we never spoke about it. It`s been a long time -- since February -- that we last spoke," Bhattacharya said.

Fans are all excited about seeing Ranchi`s favourite son in his own backyard for the first time, but Bhattacharya is a little jittery.


"Like any other coach, I`m nervous. I pray to God that he does well and the team wins on the day. I`m keeping my fingers crossed.

"Definitely there will be pressure for home ground for Mahi, but I still believe he would keep his cool demeanour and perform up to the expectations of thousands of fans."

Recollecting Dhoni`s childhood, Bhattacharya, who is the sports head in Central University of Jharkhand, said he had spotted the ability in the Indian skipper very early.

"He was dedication personified. If I told him to make 10 laps, he would complete it at any cost. But at the same time, he`s very down to earth and courteous, which is the hallmark of a leader.

"I used to go to his school Jawahar Vidya Mandir. When I saw him first in 1995, he was a football goalkeeper and I asked him whether he would like to play cricket and do wicket-keeping," he said.

"He batted at No 9 in the first match and did a good job behind the stumps and never looked back," Bhattacharya signed off.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 14:32

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harsha - kadapa
dhoni plays well in critical times he can under pressure i thinck in many times he saved us but some times he fails but plays at first 30 overs then he may go to pavilion most of the time but a player who play under pressure is good one
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jry - uae
for me he is a great player & a great captain:)
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vas - bamgalore
Dhoni is the best captain ,india has ever seen...
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vas - bangalore
You are absolutely true bhattacharyaji..dhoni is the best captain,india has ever seen..
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d nikam - raigad
Sachin is God of cricket and Dhoni is God-2 of cricket both are important in indian cricket history.
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Pavi - Chennai
Unless you have won India atleast one tournament, you are not eligible to make that comment... and BTW, he just compared dhoni`s captaincy abilities with Sachin`s ``Batting`` ability.
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cryo - al, us
obviously this guy vinoth is the typical brain dead irrational nerd who didnt get the article at all.
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vas - bangalore
Well said bhattachrya ji...i do agree with you...Dhoni is the best captain, india has ever seen...
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rahul singh - kannuaj
nice match
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Vinoth - Chennai
Comparing Dhoni with Sachin is like comparing Mice with Lion. better that Bhattacharya can go and write scripts for some movies.
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