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Former India opener Virender Sehwag believes that MS Dhoni should keep hold of his spot in the ODI squad at least until next year’s World Cup in England and Wales.
Sehwag’s vote of confidence comes after Dhoni was heavily criticised for his lack of firepower and aggression during pivotal moments in India’s ODI series against England in July.
While there are no signs from within the Indian camp to suggest that Dhoni will be shown the door, Rishabh Pant’s sensational maiden Test century in the fifth Test against England at The Oval will put some pressure on the former captain to have more of an impact.
But, with Dhoni having a major edge over Pant when it comes to experience, and the fact that he actually captained India to World Cup glory back in 2011, Sehwag had no hesitation in saying that the 37-year-old should be on the plane when India head to the World Cup next year.
“In my personal opinion, MS Dhoni should continue till the 2019 World Cup,” Sehwag told India TV as quoted by the International Cricket Council’s website. “Even if you play Pant in ODIs from now, he won’t be able to play more than 15-16 ODIs till the World Cup which is far less compared to Dhoni, who has played over 300 ODIs. I would want Dhoni to continue till the World Cup.
“Pant is someone who can hit sixes at his will, but when you talk about Dhoni, he has won matches single-handedly for the country. So Pant has the right kind of the temperament to be a perfect heir for him. I want Dhoni to hand the baton to Pant when he hangs his boots.”
With the Asia Cup getting underway tomorrow, all eyes will be on Dhoni and his performance during the tournament when India kick off their campaign against Hong Kong in Dubai on September 18.