In a bold claim by a former selector, MS Dhoni is past his best and now needs to pave way for the younger generation. 1983 World Cup winner Roger Binny is of the opinion that Dhoni, based on his performances in the last couple of years, is not the same impact player, that he used to be earlier.
“Seeing him the last couple of seasons, he (MS Dhoni) is past the best cricket of his and what he’s capable of doing - turning around matches from losing positions, with sheer intelligence and power. And the way he motivated his players too,” Binny told SportsKeeda in an interview.
“He’s lost a bit of fitness and there are younger players coming through the system. He’s past his best really, and he would be the right judge for that.”
Dhoni last played for the country in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. He was expected to make a comeback in the IPL, but could not do so due to the postponing of the league.
Having said that, Binny also said that there is nothing to take away from India's most successful ODI captain and he respects all his seniors.
“One thing we admired MS Dhoni for was that he had great respect for past cricketers. He was a very down-to-earth person and had a lot of respect and time for cricketers. He’d come and discuss with you and tell you what he wanted,” Binny stated.
“He was the man on the field and we had to give him what he wanted but he wouldn’t demand it. He’d speak with the Chairman and the selectors and we didn’t have any arguments or fights. It was excellent to work with him.”