Virat Kohli doesn’t need to protect MS Dhoni, says Kapil Dev

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Virat Kohli doesn’t need to protect MS Dhoni, says Kapil Dev

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MS Dhoni has found support in the form of Kapil Dev who feels India's most successful skipper does not need to be protected from anyone. He added that Dhoni will quit the day he thinks he is not good enough and stated that the Virat Kohli knows what is good for the Indian team.

After the below-par performance of the former India skipper during the recently-concluded New Zealand series, former players like VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar had raised questions over Dhoni’s place in the shorter format of the game. 

Despite the average performance in the series, Dhoni got support from skipper Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri. Not only did the duo back him but also said that there was no one better than Dhoni behind the stumps in the limited-overs format for India. Now, former Indian captain, Kapil Dev has also backed Dhoni on this issue and also suggested that the presence of a mature player in the team is always helpful.

"He doesn't have to. I don't think so. He's good enough, he's good enough. The day he won't be, he will be out. I think we should leave it to the selectors, people like us should not jump in and start saying something. The person who has served so well, done so good...I think the captain knows what he requires. As I mentioned earlier at some stage, Sunil Gavaskar didn't get runs but still, I wanted him. Because the strength of the captain is if you have a mature player, with youth and maturity, you can get the best. That's my opinion but I would like to say that Dhoni is not the person, who will like to stick around when he doesn't think he can play enough," Kapil said told India Today.

Kapil also emphasized on the sacrifice that Dhoni has made over his career.

"I think he is the only captain, who let it go playing 90 Tests matches and said 'I don't want to play any more Test matches.''s easy to say but very difficult to do. He has done it before, he will do it again when he thinks it's not good enough," he added.

Along with Kapil, Sourav Ganguly also attended the promotional event where he suggested that the 36-year-old should approach the shortest format in a different way than he does in ODIs.

"Mindset of the players has changed now and the game is going forward. Dhoni also needs to change his mindset in T20s. He needs to play differently," Ganguly said.

Kapil also felt that the game has been changed after the involvement of money and it’s also changed the mentality of the people. 

"I think in the last 15 years the game has changed. Since money has come into the game, I think parents want their children to become a cricketer and I think that is the biggest change. Facilities, administration wise I think today we can proudly say our cricket is among one of the best in the world," Kapil said.

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