Cricketer turned parliamentarian, Gautam Gambhir thinks it’s now time for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to take some ‘practical decisions.’ Gambhir believes that Dhoni invested in the future of Indian cricket by demanding young lads in the side and once again many youngsters are waiting in the wings to play in the Indian colours.
After India’s semi-final defeat against New Zealand, there is intense speculation in the air that Dhoni has played his last one day international.
The selection panel is all set to meet on Sunday to pick squads for India’s tour of the West Indies, though Dhoni has ruled himself out of the upcoming West Indies tour, there are rumors that the selection committee might make a call on Dhoni’s future. Amid all the uncertainty Gambhir said that it’s time to keep emotions aside.
"It's important to look into the future. And when Dhoni was the skipper, he invested in the future, he wished for young players for the World Cup. It's necessary to take practical decisions than being emotional. And it's time to groom the youngsters. Be it Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan or any other wicketkeeper, whoever is believed to have the potential should be made the wicket-keeper," he said.
Gambhir believes that till the youngsters are given opportunities they won’t be ready for bigger challenges ahead.
"Give him chances for one and a half-years and if he doesn't perform, then others should be tried out as well. Then one would get to know who the keeper for the next World Cup is," the 37-year-old said.
The former opener also hailed Dhoni as one of the best captains but feels it's unfair to give all credit to him for India's success and also slam him when the team fails to perform.
"If you see the statistics, then he (Dhoni) is the best captain. But that doesn't mean that other captains have done badly. Sourav Ganguly has done good captaincy; we have won outside under him. Under Virat Kohli's captaincy, we have won ODI series in South Africa and Test series in Australia. Dhoni has won the Champions Trophy and World Cups but other captains have also taken India forward. Captains like Anil Kumble have done the job, though not for long; Rahul Dravid also led India to win in England."