Home > News >

MS Dhoni has changed after England series, says Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar felt that the Board’s faith in Dhoni’s captaincy has spurred him on to perform well © Getty Images (File Pic)

Chennai: Feb 26, 2013

Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar, on Tuesday, said captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become more assertive and added that the faith shown on him by the Board and the selectors will spur him to do better.

“If the captain has the confidence of the board and the selectors, it gives him confidence to employ tactics on the field. It’s a huge plus. Now that he is doing so well, it will give him even more confidence,” Gavaskar said.

Dhoni stroked a maiden counter-attacking double hundred to lead India to a comfortable eight wicket victory over Australia in the first cricket Test here.

“He has changed a bit from the England series. He is more assertive. Towards the end of England series in Nagpur, he was trying to be more assertive, showing displeasure at the lack of efforts by the players and we have seen that in Chennai as well,” Gavaskar told ‘NDTV’.

The legendary opener also tried to reason what Dhoni meant when he said that he never dreamt about representing India.

“He [Dhoni] came from a place where cricket was not the number one sport. That might have given him a thought that he would not play for India,” Gavaskar reasoned.

Gavaskar felt that being a bit detached from the game has also helped him remain a “secure person”

Gavaskar feels that the Australians have the potential to stage a comeback after thier loss in the opening Test just like the English team did in the Test series played two months back.

“They [Australians] can make a comeback. Just like England skipper Alaistar Cook batted so well in the first Test in Ahmedabad, similarly Michael Clarke has scored well in both the innings here. Moises Henriques has also played very well.

They have got two players who have scored runs. Others are also good.”

Gavaskar is of the opinion that Hyderabad track won’t be a rank turner like the one in Chennai.

“I dont think Hyderabad wicket will take as much turn as it did in Chennai. There will be some turn but not the amount of it along with the bounce that we saw in Chennai,” he said.

Gavaskar heaped praises on Henriques for his back to back half century knocks on debut.

“The way Moises Henriques batted, there in lies the clue for the Australian batsmen. He played the ball very late and used soft hands. He stretched right forward to defend the ball. There was a method in the way he batted,” he said.

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Ravindra Jadeja knighted by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II

India’s win over England in 2nd Test at Lord’s: Twitter reactions

Ishant Sharma pummels England into submission as India clinch Lord’s Test by 95 runs

Ishant Sharma registers name at Lord’s honours board, takes 6 wickets in 2nd Test against England

Bhuvneshwar Kumar England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Jos Buttler calls his Test call-up for England against India a “dream come true”

Pakistan court helps family of girl cricketer who committed suicide

Pakistan Cricket Board aims to introduce democratic process of governance

Sachin Tendulkar not offended by Maria Sharapova’s comment

Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe in 3rd ODI at Bulawayo by 2 wickets

Ishant Sharma: The enigma who takes key wickets

Statistical highlights of India vs England 2014, 2nd Test at Lord’s

Ishant Sharma’s email inbox after the Lord’s Test match against England

Ishant Sharma’s house targetted by fans after expecting another failure

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

What did Anil Kapoor do for daughters Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor’s Khoobsurat?

Why did Kareena Kapoor Khan reject six films in last five months?

Kejriwal meets families of Indians stranded in Iraq

Gaza toll 609 as US blames Hamas for crisis!

Telecom stocks ring in gain; Nifty zooms 84 points

Nvidia Shield Tablet powered by a Tegra K1 processor announced

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here