Dean Jones: You will miss Dhoni a lot more in India when he retires

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Dean Jones: You will miss Dhoni a lot more in India when he retires

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Arun S Kaimal

06/20/2016

Although MS Dhoni has not been at his best recently, former Australian batsman Dean Jones believes that once the wicketkeeper-batsman retires, he will be missed by India. Jones also spoke up against the tendency to push players into retirement and said that Dhoni “will find his own time”.

Talks about Dhoni’s retirement have been in the headlines ever since he called it quits in the longer format back in December 2014. With Dhoni looking like a shadow of his former self, there have been calls to elevate Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli as the captain in all the three formats. But, Dean Jones, former Australian batsman, believes that people should not push great players into retirement.

“We are pretty quick to push our great players out.

“What’s Dhoni has done for Indian cricket, let him find his own time. I don’t think Virat is in a huge rush to captain everything (format) at the moment. Time will come. Trust me, you will miss Dhoni a lot more in India, when he retires,” Jones said in an interview to PTI.

“I think that will happen soon. Dhoni will end of as one of the greatest players India has ever produced. Honestly, it is no big rush.”

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The Aussie also showered praise on Virat Kohli, calling him “the best player in the word”.

“Virat is really in a good part of his life. He looks brilliant with the way he’s playing. He’s happy. He is super fit. He’s just a great example for the youth of India. He looks and presents himself as an athlete. More strength to him. I just love watching him play.

“I find him refreshing. I love his charisma. I think he’s got personality. He walks into bat and you have no idea what’s going to happen. He’s just really cool. He is polished, now knows how to finish it off. He is the best player in the world probably now for me,” he said showering praise on the Indian Test captain.

“What’s Dhoni has done for Indian cricket, let him find his own time. I don’t think Virat is in a huge rush to captain everything (format) at the moment. Time will come. Trust me, you will miss Dhoni a lot more in India, when he retires,”

The biggest drama in Indian cricket currently is about the head coach’s post, but Jones, who coached Islamabad in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) last season, confirmed that he is not in the running for the position.

“The CAC of VVS, Sourav and Sachin are following the right process to make a proper decision. It’s the number one/best job in the world as a coach. Your shoulders are under more pressure but at the same time whoever they pick will do a fantastic job,” he said.

“I’m too busy commentating. I really enjoyed the coaching job with Islamabad in the PSL. Coaching a national team is completely different, where you’re not only managing players but coaching them as well. But in franchise, it’s about just managing and getting the selection process right.”

“It’s a great game. I just feel privileged that I’m at 55 and still earning a living from the game and I still enjoying just as much as I did when I was young, the 55-year-old said,” reported PTI.

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