Former Indian wicket keeper Syed Kirmani told mathrubhumi.com that the experience of Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be beneficial for the Indian team in this world cup.
"Discussions on the retirement of Dhoni are immature. No one has the right to force a player to retire. An experienced player like Dhoni knows when to take a decision on his retirement. He is a model for other players in the Indian team. he is one of the best captains India ever had," he added.
India has a balanced team with the best pace attack, spinners and a formidable batting line up in this world cup. But at the same time, there are other teams who are equally competent to challenge India, like England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. He also opined that we cannot write off Pakistan. According to Kirmani, Afghanistan can be the dark horse in this tournament as they are capable of staging upsets.
Rishab Pant is a gifted player. But, he has a long way to go. Now, the experience of Dinesh Karthik is a must for India in this world cup as experience is the only thing that comes handy in the time of crisis. The future of India is safe in the hands of competent youngsters like Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey and others. He also shared the hope that Sanju will be playing for India in the near future.
Kirmani reminded that in 1983, nobody expected India to win the world cup. Currently, India has got equally competent players, so we have a lot of expectations from the team. He said that each player in the team should think that he is the captain and should shoulder the responsibilities. Then only the true sporting spirit comes in and would see the tri-colour flying high.