Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s first coach Chanchal Bhattacharya on Thursday heaped praise on his beleaguered ward saying criticising the Indian skipper would be like questioning the run-making ability of Sachin Tendulkar.
The 49-year-old Bhattacharya, under whom Dhoni made the life-changing switch from being a football goalkeeper to a wicketkeeper in 1995, feels the critics should refrain from making negative statements.
“Criticism is always welcome but it should be healthy. You should understand everyday is not a Sunday. He has given you all the titles — from the World T20 title, the World Cup victory and being No.1 in Tests. It’s like questioning the ability of Tendulkar’s run-making skills.”
But looking at the tremendous workload of Dhoni, Bhattacharya said the Indian skipper can consider giving up one format by 2014. Recollecting Dhoni’s childhood, Bhattacharya, who is the sports head in Central University of Jharkhand, said he had spotted the ability in the Indian skipper very early.
“He was dedication personified… But at the same time, he’s very down to earth and courteous, which is the hallmark of a leader.… When I saw him first in 1995, he was a football goalkeeper and I asked him whether he would like to play cricket and do wicket-keeping,” he said. “He batted at No. 9 in the first match and did a good job behind the stumps and never looked back,” Bhattacharya signed off.PTI