Former India Chief Selector Mannava Sri Kanth Prasad emphasized that he made some tough decisions, even against the legends of the game. It was also during his term wherein he also needed to deal with MS Dhoni’s retirement.
‘Identifying the right successor is the most important job of a selector. You have to be dispassionate as a selector and can’t be emotional about taking tough decisions’, Prasad said. ‘The reason for having a selection committee is to create successors. There can’t be another Dhoni or Sachin (Tendulkar) as they are very unique and their contribution is invaluable and no one can question that’.
Sachin Tendulkar, also known as Master Blaster or Little Master, is recognized as one of the greatest batsmen in history and the highest run-scorer in international cricket. He was the only Indian cricketer included in an all-time Test World XI. This is to mark the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
Prasad also pointed out that his contributions might not be enough even though the World Test Championship (WTC) has players chosen by him. On the other hand, he also said that he is delighted to see the India team make it to the WTC Final. There is no doubt that this might affect sports betting in India.
‘There are no two ways about it. The amount of satisfaction and happiness you get from this. From the selection point of view, we did our best. We played our little part in helping this Indian team play the Final of the WTC. This team thoroughly deserves it since they have been number one for the last four years. Now, I can’t wait to watch the Final’, Prasad stated.
MSK Prasad is a retired Indian cricketer who was judged because of his lacking credible stats. He was appointed as the Chief National Selector of the India national cricket team in 2016.
Valuable advice from MS Dhoni
During an interview, leg spinner Rashid Khan said that the experience of playing with MS Dhoni is one of the most fulfilling experiences throughout his career.
MS Dhoni is one of the greatest wicket-keepers who captained the India national team in limited-overs and Test cricket. He was also the recipient of many awards such as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2007), Padma Shri (2009), and the ICC ODI Player of the Year (2008 and 2009).
‘I have a dream that I play under MS Dhoni. Because the experience playing with him, under him is very important. For a bowler, the role of wicketkeeper is very important and I don’t think there is anyone better than him to explain things to you’, Khan said.
He also admitted that his interactions with Dhoni helped him a lot. He even recalled an incident wherein the former cricketer told him not to get unnecessarily aggressive to avoid further injuries.
Khan is an Afghanistan cricketer and currently the captain of the national team. At the age of 20, he was recognized as the youngest cricketer to captain a Test match. Khan also became the youngest player to top the ICC Player Rankings for bowlers.
With his outstanding skills, he was appointed as the captain of the Afghanistan cricket team across all formats. His popularity also paved the way for his countrymen such as Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi to be recognized by the cricket community.