"MS Dhoni is past his best, lost his fitness": Former BCCI selector Roger Binny
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Aug 01, 2020, 01:30 pm
Former Indian cricketer Roger Binny in a recent interview said that MS Dhoni's best cricket is past him while adding that he has lost his fitness as well. The former national selector in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stated that Dhoni is not a player of impact as he earlier used to be and further said that he must make way for the younger generation to take up the sport.
A member of India’s 1983 World Cup-winning squad, Mr Binny stated he has arrived at such a conclusion after witnessing Dhoni's performances in the past two years. Speaking to the sports website SportsKeeda, he said, "Seeing him the last couple of seasons, he (MS Dhoni) is past the best cricket of his and what he’s capable of doing - turning around matches from losing positions, with sheer intelligence and power. And the way he motivated his players too,". One among the five members of the selection panel of the BCCI in 2012, he added, "He’s lost a bit of fitness and there are younger players coming through the system. He’s past his best really, and he would be the right judge for that."
Dhoni's last international appearance was against New Zealand during the semifinal of the 2019 World Cup and has since been on a break from the sport. Fans are excited and huge expectations for him to lead the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise in the upcoming 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), to be held in the UAE. As of now, it is unknown whether the 2011 World Cup-winning Indian captain, now aged 39, will fit into the Indian side as he hasn't been seen on the field much since last year, in light of the T20 World Cup’s postponement to 2021.
On the contrary, Binny did shower praises on Dhoni for his fighting spirit on the field and for his calm and composed attitude. He revealed that Dhoni has always shown fitting respect for all those in charge and senior cricketers. He said, "One thing we admired MS Dhoni for was that he had great respect for past cricketers. He was a very down-to-earth person and had a lot of respect and time for cricketers. He’d come and discuss with you and tell you what he wanted,".
Mr Binny added, "He was the man on the field and we had to give him what he wanted but he wouldn’t demand it. He’d speak with the Chairman and the selectors and we didn’t have any arguments or fights. It was excellent to work with him."