New Delhi, November 2: BCCI decision of dropping MS Dhoni from the team that will play the upcoming T20 series against West Indies starting November 6 has not surprised his fans but also the Master Blaster- Sachin Tendulkar who said that he has no idea what the mindset of selectors is.
The 45-year-old cricketer, however, added that he does not want to influence the decision makers by giving an opinion on the matter and further said that “whatever decisions” are being made by the selectors should be in the best interest of the nation. This is what matters.
Tendulkar to ANI, said, “I don’t know honestly, what the mindset of the selectors is. At no stage, I looked to influence anyone by giving opinions because what happens in the dressing room and between captain, coach, and selectors should stay just within them.”
“Whatever they are planning, whatever decisions are being taken they should be in best interest of the nation. I think that is what matters,” Tendulkar added.
Earlier when asked about India’s chances in the upcoming Test series against Australia, the master blaster said to CNN-News18.
current Australian team lacks the skill and experience of some of the legendary teams of the past, but the Virat Kohli led Indian side need to be at the very best in order to win the series. "We stand a very good chance, so if you see the Australia teams in the past and compare them to this one, yes we have a very good chance. Possibly our best chance to go out there and beat them. I mean playing cricket at the highest level, I don't think it is at the highest level at this stage. I think they have had better sides in the past," Sachin was quoted as saying by CNN-News18 on Thursday."They have had better players with more experience, this is considerably an inexperienced side. They are kind a getting back together and forming a solid unit. But Australians are known for being competitive and I won't be surprised if they put up a competitive fight. And to go out there and challenge them is also not going to be easy," he added. "But we have the ammunition to go out there and challenge them. We have good fast bowlers, quality spinners. We have good batters. You win Test matches when you score a lot of runs on the board."Sachin als asserted that Kohli's style of captaincy and current superb form with the bat will be an added strength for the Indians."I think it is his hunger....his temperament. The ability to assess the situation. Because there is no set formula to that. Every day you are going to have some different challenges and you have got to have that adaptability and flexibility in your mind to go out and assess and he does that rather well. And one good thing is he is hungry forever, that's how a batsman should be," he said.Although the veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni has retired from Test cricket and is on his way out of the Indian Twenty20 team, speculation has been rife whether the former captain will announce his international retirement before the 50-over WOrld Cup next year.
Sachin however, said that Dhoni still has the ability to excel at the international level and it is his prerogative to take the final call.
Meanwhile, Indian skipper Kohli has also opened about Dhoni getting dropped from the Indian T20I squad.
“He’s (Dhoni) still a very integral part of this team and he just feels that in the T20 format, someone like Rishabh can get more chances. He anyway plays the ODIs for us regularly, so... From that point of view, he’s only trying to help the youngsters; nothing that anything that other people are thinking and I as captain can certainly assure you of that,” Kohli said.
With IANS and PTI Inputs