Don’t even think of replacing Rahul Dravid, says MS Dhoni

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first_imgIt was supposed to be the pre-series press conference of the Asia Cup, but Rahul Dravid, who retired from firstclass cricket on Friday, dominated the proceedings with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying that it’s not even advisable for youngsters to think that they would replace the most successful Indian No.3 Test batsman, or any other great player.”‘Jam’ was a great character to have in the dressing room. He was someone who loved challenges, whatever was thrown to him throughout his career – whether he was asked to open because of any reason or was asked to keep wickets.”He’s someone who will definitely be missed – an ideal role model and a good ambassador for the sport,” Dhoni said.”Definitely, we will miss him when it comes to the talent and what he brought into the team. Guys like him… it’s not even advisable to think that they will be replaced by some other youngsters. Youngsters will be under tremendous pressure if they start to think like that.”Dhoni pointed out the huge contribution that senior players like Dravid and a few other Indians have made to the game. “Every individual is different. Anyone who comes in shouldn’t even think of the kind of senior we’ve got, whether you talk about Anil Kumble, Rahul, Sachin or Laxman or Sourav Ganguly. It’s tough to replace them, so no point in thinking you’ll have players who will replace them,” he said.”Somebody will start his career and who will be, after 10 or 12 years, very successful. But to say whether they will replace Rahul or talent like his, it’s difficult.”advertisementOn India’s prospects in the Asia Cup, which begins with a Bangladesh-Pakistan game on Sunday, Dhoni hoped his team would perform consistently in the 12-day tournament.”Over the years, its format has changed. Now, four good sides are playing. It’s very important to start on a positive note.”I said important because it’s not very often that all the Asian countries play together. Hopefully, the team that plays the best will win the tournament. All the sides are really good,” said the captain who will have a new vice-captain in Virat Kohli.”It’s important to take it one game at a time, not to think too much ahead. When it comes to ODI format we’ve done quite well.”We are hoping that we will stick to it and be consistent throughout the tournament,” he said.last_img

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