Former India wicketkeeper and ex-chairman of the selection panel, Kiran More, believes that rather than age, performance and experience of the player must be considered when the team is selected. Further, he elucidated that the criterion must be followed not just for MS Dhoni but for every player.
MS Dhoni fans have been displeased since the selectors have sidelined him and put him in the same bracket among the other rotational players. The comment of chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on MS Dhoni that he is 'no longer an automatic choice in the team' has been received with mixed reactions and the fans of World
"I don't blame the fans but Prasad is doing his job. Such decisions are not taken by Prasad alone. Big decisions are taken collectively," former India wicketkeeper and ex-chairman of the selection panel Kiran More told Mid-Day.
"Performance should be the only criteria to decide who makes the cut or not. And it is not just about Dhoni alone. Any player whose performance is below par will be under pressure."
Along with the performance, form, and fitness, Kiran More held that experience is one of the important factors for selection as well.
"Experience plays an important part in all major success. Look at all World Cup winning teams and you will see that it is a fine amalgamation of youth and experience. You need the energy and exuberance from the youth, but you can't discount experience either. Someone like Ashish Nehra walked into the Indian World T20 team when he was 39 and showed what he is capable of. I don't think he was in terrific form and one can't call him the fittest bloke around either. So Dhoni should be left alone. Even if his performance lacks anything, he can be an asset to the team just because of his vast experience which India will need at a big event like the World Cup," said More.
Former India captain and BCCI's ex-chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar supported this saying, "I don't think age should be a criterion for selection or non-selection of a player. If the player is in form and he is fit then he should be selected."
Other than MS Dhoni, the failure to clear the Yo-Yo endurance test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) was the primary reason why Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina were not picked for the Sri Lanka limited overs series. MSK Prasad in contrast called Yuvraj's exclusion a part of "the rotation policy" and also alleged that there will be a lot of "rotation" in the next one year before the selectors zero in on the team for the 2019 World Cup in England.