“Wants To Nurture Ruturaj Gaikwad”: Ex-India Star’s Massive Take On MS Dhoni’s Exit


Former India cricketer CD Gopinath on Thursday supported MS Dhoni's decision to step down as Chennai Super Kings captain and hand over the reins to Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of the Indian Premier League. The 94-year-old Gopinath, who started his Test career with innings of 50 and 42 not out against England in 1951, said it was a wise move to give up the captaincy and groom a young star to take the team forward . “MS Dhoni is a balanced person and a very good leader of people. It must have been his decision to promote Ruturaj (Gaikwad) as captain because he knows that he will not stay as captain forever. “He Want to move forward. And he wants him to take CSK to new heights,” Gopinath told PTI video.

He praised Dhoni's captaincy and the work he has done for India and Chennai in the IPL.

“MS comes from a very different background. Coming from Jharkhand at that time, no one thought that you would play cricket for the country.”

“MS Dhoni is a great captain and apart from all this, he is also a great human being. He does not show emotions and is very balanced. I am very happy that he has led CSK, but there comes a time when Everyone has to say goodbye to the game.”

Gopinath also backed CSK to overcome Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opener on Friday and said that while Bengaluru are still looking for their first IPL title win, they will have to wait at least one more season to clinch the silverware. May fall. He predicted the final between CSK and Hardik Pandya-led Mumbai Indians.

“Virat is a great player and has many years left as a player. But I don't think he will be able to win the title this season.”

Gopichand also advised Rohit Sharma not to try premeditated shots if he wants to be successful this season.

“Rohit is good, he is aggressive but his premeditation of his shots has been his downfall recently. He should not premeditate his shots, wait and play the ball to his ability “

On Rishabh Pant's return, Gopinath said, “One player cannot change the fortunes of the team and being the captain, he needs to understand the opposition team well. If he does this then he can be successful with DC. “

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