“You have the great MS Dhoni with you”

Former Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria recently stated that India should consider appointing former captain MS Dhoni to coach their T20I team.

Kaneria suggested that while head coach Rahul Dravid could still lead the other two formats, he might not be the right man for T20Is. He believes that Dhoni could be the ideal candidate for the role given his outstanding record as captain at ICC events.

The 42-year-old also mentioned that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could also consider Virender Sehwag for a team management role.

“Rahul Dravid could be the head coach of the ODI and Test teams,” Kaneria said on his YouTube channel. “However, India needs someone else for T20Is. Virender Sehwag was to be given a coaching or mentoring role for the shortest format.

“You have the great MS Dhoni with you, so why not use his services? He’s won so many trophies for the team.”

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MS Dhoni, in particular, was signed to mentor the Men in Blue during the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. However, the side led by Virat Kohli had an underperforming campaign at the event and were eliminated in the group stage.

“They have to pay for this mistake at the World Cup” – the Dane Kaneria on the reappointment of Chetan Sharma as chief selector of the Indian team

Dane Kaneria also spoke about the reinstatement of Chetan Sharma as chief selector after he was sacked in November last year.

He claimed the decision will hurt India’s chances of winning the upcoming 50-over World Cup. Kaneria mentioned that people like Ajit Agarkar, Virender Sehwag or Irfan Pathan should have gotten the role.

“The BCCI made the wrong decision in reappointing Chetan Sharma,” he continued. “They will have to pay for that mistake at the World Cup. They should have trusted someone like Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar or Virender Sehwag. Players who have recently retired should be favoured.”

Sharma is up for a second term as chair of selection for the senior men’s team. Salil Ankola, Shiv Sundar Das, Subroto Banerjee and Sridharan Sarath are the other members of the new selection panel.

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