Captain MS Dhoni has proved us right: Dilip Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar said that the most important thing about Dhoni is that he is a courageous cricketer who backs himself all the way Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Nov 1, 2011

Former India batsman and chairman of National Selection Committee Dilip Vengsarkar, who had a foresight to hand over the mantle of captaincy to MS Dhoni in the year 2007, said the maverick leader had proved them right with his outstanding leadership skills.

“Well, he has proved us right. It wasn’t easy then but his body language showed that he was game for a challenge and that’s what made us sit up and notice him. Dhoni fitted the bill perfectly as he could quickly adapt to all formats of the game,” Vengsarkar said.

“He is an outstanding captain. He is intelligent, smart and aggressive. The most important thing about Dhoni is that he is a courageous cricketer who backs himself all the way.

“Even during the disastrous tour to England, Dhoni didn’t lose his cool. While everything around him was collapsing and there was tremendous pressure on him, he did his best to bail the team out. But for the injuries to key players, India would have done much better than what the results show. In the recent series, Dhoni was absolutely outstanding. He was out there in the middle in almost all the games and led from the front. He encouraged and motivated the youngsters, who have done quite well.

“The good thing about the England series is that it has given the Indian team more options. Umesh (Yadav), Varun (Aaron) have done well and this eases the pressure on the likes of Zaheer (Khan),” he said.

Vengsarkar said that India s tour to Australia later this year would be an exciting one.

“It is going to be a tight series as Australia are a very good side and playing them at their home won’t be easy. The Indian team’s fortunes will depend on how quickly they adapt themselves to the conditions there. We have quite a few experienced players who have played there and we will be able to give them a good fight there.

I am sure the selectors have a team for Down Under in mind. They should use the series against the West Indies, who are not one of the strongest teams in the world right now, to test out the players. The youngsters should be groomed in this series so that we have solid bench strength when we take on the Australians,” he added.