ICC World Twenty20: Mahendra Singh Dhoni should stay on as India captain, says Ian Chappell

first_imgFormer Australian captain Ian Chappell has heaped praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying the Indian captain was in good form both as a player and captain during the ICC World Twenty20.Chappell, an outspoken commentator, said India would be happy to see Dhoni lead them in the shorter formats for now.”Well! I think he was in form in T20. It means as a player and as a captain. He captained pretty well in the T20. We don’t have him as a Test captain but we want him and I think he was too good in World T20,” Chappell said on ESPNcricinfo programme ‘Match Day’.An Australian scribe had asked Dhoni if he was contemplating retirement in the press conference shortly after India were handed a heartbreaking defeat by West Indies in Mumbai last night. Dhoni stepped down the wicket to deal with the question and the reporter with panache and indicated that he was not going anywhere at least until the 2019 World Cup.Chappell said that India’s total of 192/2 should have been good enough for them to defend but he lashed out at Ravindra Jadeja, who leaked 48 runs in his four overs.”I think they would be quite happy about that. Anything above 190 or more than 8 an over, you feel you can win. There are not more games you lose.””Jadeja seem to control the delivery when there is help. When there is no help, he loses control.”Chappell said India tried but could not contain the West Indian batsmen from scoring the bulk of runs (as many as 146) through boundaries.advertisementThe 72-year-old felt the West Indies were not great on the field in the semi-final but made up for that with their ability to produce the big shots.”You think about the things West Indies do. They are not great runners between the wickets. They were not very good in the field today. Without these you cannot make up except hitting those sixes and fours.”Dhoni has had a dream run in 2016, leading India to victories over Australia and Sri Lanka in back-to-back T20I series before lifting the Asia Cup T20 in Bangladesh. Touted as pre-tournament favourites ahead of the World T20, India would have to now reconcile with a semi-final exit in the second ICC tournament in two years.last_img

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