May 26 2020
Dhoni deserves another chance: Lara
13 January 2012

Former West Indian great Brian Lara said that despite India’s dismal show in the ongoing series Down Under, its captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who led the team to many memorable wins, deserves another chance.

“I think he (Dhoni) deserves a chance. He had success in the World Cup, the T20 World Cup and the 50-over games as well. His achievement speaks for itself. I think given his achievements so far, he deserves another chance,” said Lara, who was at the Khar Gymkhana here for a day’s cricket clinic on Friday.

“Obviously, what happened in England and what is happening in Australia, no Indian would be happy with the situation. A captain has to have the right team for the right condition. It’s a difficult period now. If you switch the series to India, you could see different results,” he added.

About his friend Sachin Tendulkar, who has been struggling to achieve the milestone of hundredth international ton, Lara said the batting maestro hasn’t lost his touch and is still the “best”.

“I don’t think he is missing the trick. You guys (media) are missing the trick. I watched him bat in the last four innings before. He looked flawless. He looked like scoring that elusive hundred every time. Unfortunately, he is up against guys who will not give up. He gets a good delivery, little lapse in concentration, and the opposition there fully knows that they don’t want him to score it against them,” he said

“But Sachin is a great player. Obviously, if he had wanted to score it against the West Indies, he would have played in the one-day series. We will have to wait for it and appreciate it.

“Even if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t make him any lesser a player. He has 99 centuries. Anyone would love to have a record like that. For me, he is the best player in the world, at least the best batsman,” added Lara.

He blamed the Indian bowling line-up for its current state of affairs. “What I would say is that the bowling department is weak and that pressure weighs on the minds of the batsmen.

“If the opposition batsmen are regularly going to score 500-plus runs, it’s going to put any batting team under pressure. I think India has got a great batting line-up but they would always be under pressure. First of all, if they are not going to get 20 wickets, they are not going to win a Test match.”



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