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MS Dhoni: Quality players can’t be dumped after one poor series

MS Dhoni during a press conference at Leicester © Getty Images
MS Dhoni during a press conference at Leicester © Getty Images

Leicester (UK): Jun 25, 2014 

A day ahead of the start of a long tour in England under tough conditions, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that quality players should not be dumped on the basis of one poor series and they should be backed to return to form.

“I think it’s very important to back players. It does not matter whether he is the captain of the side or a batsman or a bowler,” Dhoni said at his first press conference after arriving in England.

With an aim to bury the ghosts of a disastrous tour of 2011, a new-look Indian cricket team would be eyeing a positive start to their two-and-a-half-month long tour of England when they take on Leicestershire in a three-day practice game starting on Wednesday.

Asked about his opposite number Alastair Cook whose poor form played a major role in England’s first Test series defeat to Sri Lanka on home soil, Dhoni said he expected the home side to back the beleaguered captain.

Cook, who played a major role in England’s 4-0 rout of India in 2011, was out of sorts against Sri Lanka.

“A bad phase is something that every player goes through and you just need to back players at the right point because when you are getting those big hundreds and two-hundreds then everybody will be on your side,” said Dhoni.

“What’s important is for the media to realise what they were saying about him the last time we were here how well he has performed. But the real test of character is when your fans or the media or your team-mates are supporting you when you are not doing well.”

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