Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf told the present Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, to consult to MS Dhoni for fitness and form issues. Former India captain and currently an excellent wicket-keeping batsmen, MS Dhoni, has been drawing parallels from the sport’s greatest wicket-keepers of late, and that is the reason why former Pakistan captain feels it would be best for Sarfraz Ahmed, also a wicketkeeper-batsman and skipper, to learn from Dhoni.
A few days earlier, MS Dhoni had said that wicket-keepers are the best analysers of the situation on field, and have an usaid advantage to assume the role of team captain. It has been suggested by many past and present Indian cricketers, that Dhoni is able to predict the behaviour of batsmen usually even before the ball is bowled. And that is what has stuck in the minds of the Pakistan cricketers as well.
Dhoni can guide Sarfraz on handling responsibilities and achieving success
Mohd. Yousuf asked Sarfraz Ahmed to consult MS Dhoni in order to get over the current fitness and form challenges. As reported by Times Now, Mohd. Yousuf said,
“I think Sarfaraz needs to work on his fitness and skills a lot more. Unless he is in top form he can’t expect the team to respond.”
“I see him (Sarfraz Ahmed) on the heavy side and he has to now focus on his batting and keeping a lot more. Dhoni can guide him on how he achieved so much success and how he had handled the pressure of all responsibilities so well for so long.”
Sarfraz Ahmed was promoted to the role of Pakistan team skipper for all three formats, after registering an overwhelming victory over India in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. The green team led by Sarfraz Ahmed had also witnessed a surge in form, especially in T20 as Pakistan looked and behaved like the new champions of the limited-overs cricket.
However, the Pakistan dream was short-lived as when the Pakistan cricket team travelled to New Zealand, they were overpowered with no room to revive. Resultantly, the New Zealand team whitewashed Pakistan in the five-match ODI series, followed by a loss in the first T20I of the three-match T20I series.
Nothing wrong in calling Dhoni, says Mohd. Yousuf
To add to the misery, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed could manage only one fifty in six outings, with his wicket-keeping skills also taking a southward-bound route. Mohd. Yousuf spoke about how Sarfraz Ahmed could improve his form by taking help and tips from the former India captain and cricketing hero MS Dhoni. Yousuf said,
“Dhoni led India admirably in all three formats for a long time and performed not only as captain but also as a batsman and wicket-keeper. Sarfraz can learn a lot from him.”
“Nothing wrong in giving Dhoni a call and chatting to him. He can give a lot of helpful tips to Sarfraz on how to handle things because it is never easy when you are the keeper and also the captain.”
MS Dhoni returning to captaincy in the IPL
MS Dhoni has led the Indian team to winning the World Cup, Champions Trophy, World T20, and Asia Cup titles during his captaincy period. India also became the number one Test team under the Jharkhand cricketer’s leadership.
Meanwhile, the former India captain will be returning to the captaincy role in the upcoming season of IPL 2018, for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Having been retained by the ‘yellow brigade’ in the IPL retention process earlier this month, Dhoni will again take the centre stage. Speaking to the media about captaincy role and what it entails, Dhoni said,
“I never captained any team before I became captain of the Indian cricket team.”
“I don’t think it is a difficult job. Secondly, the wicketkeeper is always considered the vice-captain of a team. He is somebody who is in the position to watch the game very closely. He understands the pace of the wicket, how the bowler is bowling, how the batsman is batting.”