The Champions Trophy, to be held in three months’ time, would decide the fate of India’s most successful cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his childhood coach Keshav Banerjee said.
Banerjee said at the launch of an under-14 cricket tournament - “At the moment, his sole focus is on the Champions Trophy. If he’s successful there, I think he would go on until the World Cup 2019.”
Banerjee felt that Dhoni is one of the best finishers of the world, He still has a sharp brain despite the drop in success ratio.
“It’s natural that with age, you would not hit the same strike rate. But his willpower and game-analysing sense are the two qualities that make him special. He’s out there playing domestic one-dayers (Vijay Hazare Trophy) to keep himself in shape ahead of the Champions Trophy.”
“He never liked to be pushed so he called it quits before anyone could point fingers at him in the Tests format,” Banerjee said. “He never kept anyone in the loop, even his best friend or parents did not know when he quit Tests.”
“He was known for his punctuality, discipline and he’s still the same, has not changed a bit,” he said.
“I know they’ve big facility (National Cricket Academy) in Bengaluru but we must look after U-14 kids. They need to be nurtured properly. They need some recognition and motivation,” he said at the announcement of the 10th edition of Yo Cup organized by Mainland-Sambaran Cricket Academy.