Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, of late, has been spending most of his time in his hometown Ranchi. While speaking at a motivational event at the Ranchi Birsa Munda, the 37-year old wicket-keeper batsman reckons he gave up the limited over-captaincy at the right time as he wanted Virat to give ample time to build a strong team before cricket World Cup 2019.
“I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain (Virat Kohli) to get enough time for preparing a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” Dhoni said as per Deccan Chronicle report.
MS believes a captain requires a good amount of time to prepare a strong team.
“Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time”, he added.
Asked about the 4-1 defeat in the recently concluded overseas series against England, Dhoni reasoned lack of practice matches to be the cause behind the heavy defeat. However, the former captain also told the fans not to forget that this same team is currently the number one test team in the world.
“Indian team missed out on playing practices matches before the series, which is why the batsmen are finding it difficult to adjust. This is a part of the game. We shouldn’t forget that India is currently No. 1 in the rankings,” he continued.
Team India’s next project is the upcoming Asia Cup that is going to start from 15 September 2018.