MS Dhoni receives backing from fellow wicketkeeper batsman Dave Richardson

Dave Richardson said MS Dhoni is a good captain and an praised his calm © PTI

By Sabi Hussain

New Delhi: Jan 6, 2013

ICC chief executive Dave Richardson spoke highly of the “exceptional talent” in India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and backed his captaincy.

Commenting on growing clamour for Dhoni’s ouster as a captain after series of dismal performances by the team at home and away post World Cup triumph in 2011, Richardson, who himself donned the responsibility of wicketkeeper-batsman for South Africa for 42 Tests and 122 ODIs, said, “If he is a good captain, which he is, then he should remain at the job.

“The only way you judge a keeper is by how much he misses and Dhoni doesn’t miss too much. In fact, I have always marvelled at his workload. The fact that he is batting at No 6, captaining the side and keeping wickets, I think he has exceptional talent. He also stays calm.

Talking about BCCI‘s reluctance to introduce DRS (Decision Review System) in the home series, Richardson said the idea behind introducing the technology is to improve the accuracy, reliability and the ball tracking system.

“There are a number of teams and the players who want to have DRS on a more consistent basis. At this stage, the majority of member countries agree with the ICC policy to have it in the series so when it is used it works well. I think in the longer run, it’s good for the game.

“To avoid umpiring controversies, our goal is to make sure that if it is used, it should be used well. The policy is ‘don’t force it on the member nations’.”