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MS Dhoni’s wicket-keeping has improved since 2011, says Farokh Engineer

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Aug 07, 2014

Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Farokh Engineer  said that the only area where he thinks MS Dhoni is at fault is team selection. Engineer heaped praise on India’s performance at Lord’s, but was equally disappointed by the way they batted in Southampton.

“I think he [Dhoni] has led India well. The only area where I can fault him is team selection. I don’t know why Dhoni has not played Ashwin so far. Ashwin should do well here on a sporting pitch. For all his success against Indian batsmen, Moeen Ali remains a pretty ordinary bowler. Dhoni’s playing and handling of Stuart Binny at Lord’s did not make sense.”, said Engineer in an interview with TOI.

Engineer also spoke about Dhoni’s keeping skills and said that he had improved as a wicket-keeper. “He has improved as a wicket-keeper since 2011 when India last played here, but I would like to see him standing up to take balls waist-high, only then can slip fielders position themselves correctly. Dhoni will also do well to rise with the ball and not get up too early. Also, standing back to Ravindra Jadeja at Lord’s didn’t make sense to me. May be, he lacked confidence to stand up.”, he said.

Speaking about the James Anderson–Ravindra Jadeja spat, he said, “Look, physical contact between two players cannot be condoned. But if there is no conclusive proof of that, I think it is best to get on with the game.”

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