Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria reckons that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has taken the right decision to hand over the captaincy of Chennai Super Kings to Ravindra Jadeja as the former India captain wants to groom the all-rounder not only as a future leader of the franchise but also of the national team.
Dhoni, the four-time Indian Premier League-winning captain, relinquished his captaincy of CSK just ahead of the start of IPL 2022.
Dhoni, whose on-field decisions are rarely wrong, has not said anything about handing over the captaincy to Jadeja, but it is believed that it is a plan to prepare a future captain for Team India as well as the Chennai side.
Supporting Dhoni’s decision, the 41-year-old former Pakistan spinner said, “We all know what kind of player Dhoni is. His decisions are always correct. I think he is one of the best captains in world cricket. He has won the 50-over World Cup, he has won the T20 World Cup, he has won the Champions Trophy and has won the IPL four times for Chennai Super Kings. Apart from this, there are many matches which India won due to Dhoni’s on-field decision.”
“So I think giving the captaincy to Jadeja is a far-reaching decision. Look, the Indian team is a balanced one and captaining it in all formats is not an easy task. Virat Kohli was very good, but he has left captaincy. Now Rohit Sharma has to lead in all three formats. Whether one accepts this or not, captaining India in all formats of the game is a pressure job,” said Kaneria, who is fourth (261 wickets) on the list of bowlers with most Test wickets for Pakistan behind Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan, told IANS in an exclusive interview.
“Today or tomorrow, India will have to think about split captaincy. Otherwise, Rohit will be under pressure, and it’s bound to happen. If we talk about the formation of the Indian team, only a few players are sure of their place in the team and Jadeja is one of them. In such a situation, I think Dhoni’s decision has been taken keeping the future in mind,” explained Kaneria, a veteran of 61 Tests whose career got derailed after he was banned for life from all cricket by the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2012 on two charges of spot-fixing in the English County Championship pro league matches in 2009.
Asked about his favourite team in the IPL, Kaneria said, “See, there are no favourites in the T20 format. But if we talk about the combination, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are good. There are two new teams in this edition, and you cannot take them lightly. IPL is a tournament in which all the cricketers want to play. You see, many players from South Africa took leave from their national side to play in the IPL. So this is turning out to be a big event every single year.”
Asked to compare Pakistan Super League with the Indian Premier League, Kaneria replied that both are poles apart.
“Being a very professional event, IPL is providing so many talents to Indian cricket. And it’s getting better and better with each passing season, while PSL is doing hardly anything for Pakistan cricket. If some player performs well in PSL, the unprofessional approach of Pakistan Cricket Board mars his chances of getting into the national side,” Kaneria said.