Mike Brearley and MS DhoniDo the cricket-lovers of the present generation know about Mike Brearley? I have doubt. Mike Brearley was a cricket player from England. He played test cricket (and also ODI) from 1976 to 1981. He was the captain of England cricket team for most of the part of his international cricket career. But why is he being discussed?
Brearley was a very average player. He was a batsman. But his performance was not sufficient for him to don the England colour. Then why was he selected? He was a great captain. He used to use the resources available with him very intelligently and in spite of limited resources, he made England the No. 2 team of the world at that time. He used Botham, Willis, David Gower, Tony Greig and Randall very intelligently. During his time, England won some remarkable test matches. He used to bring victories from the jaws of defeat.
MS Dhoni is the former Indian captain. He no longer plays test cricket. But he still plays ODIs. During his heydays, Dhoni was a brilliant wicket-keeper and very destructive batsman. But, of late, his batting performance is not at all good. But his wicket-keeping still has the old charm. It can be easily understood that his reflex is still excellent.
Now let us talk about his astute cricket brain. He advises the present captain Virat Kohli very effectively. In fact, during the Asia Cup, Dhoni guided the stop-gap captain Rohit Sharma in such a manner that India won the trophy.
So, my question is: Should we treat Dhoni as Mike Brearley and include him in the Indian team for the next World Cup? Isn't he fit for inclusion considering his excellent wicket-keeping skill and astute cricket brain?
What do you feel?