The Indian cricket team is “very average” at the moment and is “lucky” to have a captain like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is copping the blame for “lack of quality in the side”, feels former England skipper Geoffrey Boycott.
“Do you judge captains on their win-loss ratio, or do you take into account or consideration the quality, or lack of quality, in his team? If you’re thinking about India, there’s a lack of quality at the moment, lack of quality seam bowling, lack of quality spin bowling, and in some cases your best players are beginning to retire after getting past their sell-by date. Aren’t they?” Boycott said.
“(Rahul) Dravid and (V.V.S.) Laxman are gone, (Sachin) Tendulkar hasn’t got any runs recently, so is it his [Dhoni’s] fault?” he asked.
“I don’t think so. I don’t judge people on the loss and win ratio of the team. You have to look at the team. You are damn lucky you’ve got Dhoni,” he asserted.
Dhoni has been under severe scrutiny after the recent home Test debacle against England even though he has been in decent form personally. Boycott said Dhoni had his limitations as a Test skipper but the Indians don’t have a quality replacement at the moment.
“I think he is a brilliant one-day captain. Like a lot of people, I think he has good leadership skills, but, tactically, in Test matches, there’s quite a bit to be desired. But you haven’t got anybody else you can call upon,” he said.