Indian international cricketer Gautam Gambhir has said that former captain MS Dhoni has been involved in the Men’s in Blue’s win in the past but many players like Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Kartik, who almost certainly deserve more than they are getting.
In the ongoing One-Day International series between India and Sri Lanka displayed quite big names like R Ashwin, Yuvraj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja being hurt. But many people were expected Dhoni to miss out on a place in the 15-man squad.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gambhir said in an interview with ESPNCricinfo, “The only way he can survive till 2019 World Cup is by keep on performing. That should be the criteria for everyone, irrespective of whether he is Dhoni or someone else.”
Gambhir added that Dhoni has been involved in the Men in Blue’s win in the past, “Okay, you have done something in the past but that’s passed. You can keep playing till you want to. At the same time I believe someone like Dinesh Karthik has been a massive loss for us because whenever he got an opportunity, he did well. He could have been your backup wicket-keeping option as well.”
Gambhir said “I don’t think ‘rest’ is the right word because he (Yuvraj) hasn’t played any cricket for quite a while and he would be wanting to play. If you want to see him at the World Cup, he should be given the maximum opportunity. Because, someone like Yuvraj, you want him in that flow, you want him in that rhythm.”
“You can’t have someone like him playing in one series and resting thereafter. So, I feel that it’s difficult now for Yuvraj to make a comeback. Hopefully, he does because he is one of the greats of the game.”