Explained: How N Srinivasan saved the MS Dhoni harbor master’s office

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Written by Shamik Chakrabarty, edited by Explained Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: Aug 17, 2020 7:26:58 PM





Dhoni announced his international retirement on Sunday, strolling into the sunset as India’s most successful captain in the shorter formats, with the World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and T20 world titles in his bag. (PTI / file photo)Former BCCI President N Srinivasan revealed to the Indian Express how he exercised his authority as chairman of the board to retain MS Dhoni as captain of India’s ODI in 2011-12, when the then selection committee decided to remove him.

Dhoni announced his international retirement Saturday, strolling into the sunset as India’s most successful captain in the shorter formats, with the World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and T20 World titles in his bag.

What was the backdrop to this selection meeting?

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In April 2011, Dhoni led India to World Cup glory. But the following season, with India playing away from testing in England and Australia, the team performed poorly. They lost 0-4 in England, followed by another 0-4 shutout in Australia.Krishnamachari Srikkanth was the chief selector at the time, but his colleague on the selection committee, former Indian drummer Mohinder Amarnath, allegedly launched the idea of ​​a change of captain.

Why was Dhoni under pressure?

In the previous season India moved up to number one in the ICC Test rankings, but it was an aging team and far from home, in swing and seam conditions, the team has a lot suffered. Some of the tests were completed in just over nine sessions. Dhoni’s captaincy seemed uncertain. Sometimes India has not seized the moment.

As a batsman, Dhoni did not do badly in England, where he scored two half centuries. In the ODI series in England, he was India’s best run-getter – 236 out of an average of 78.

In Australia, India again suffered heavy losses in all four tests and this time Dhoni also failed with the bat, scoring 20. The selection committee estimated that a change in guard was needed, but as Srinivasan said, they didn’t. t have a backup ready.

“They (the coaches) hadn’t even thought about who would be his replacement,” Srinivasan told the newspaper.

So what happened before the ODI team selection meeting?

A triangular ODI series followed the tests in Australia. Before the formal meeting, the coaches met informally, and they even discussed Dhoni’s place to the side.

“There was a discussion and then I said there was no way he wasn’t a player,” Srinivasan said.

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And what happened at the meeting?

The selectors chose Dhoni in the squad but they did not choose a captain. Srinivasan said he received a call from BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, informing him that the coaches “refused to pick the captain”. Srinivasan was playing golf at this time. He rushed to the meeting and exercised his authority as chairman of BCCI to retain Dhoni as captain of ODI.

What was Srinivasan’s argument?

That the selectors could not remove Dhoni as ODI captain based on India’s performance in testing. Just months before, Dhoni had led the team to a World Cup triumph, and he couldn’t have become a bad captain overnight.

“The point is, how do you remove him from his post as ODI captain?” He won the World Cup (just a few months ago), ”Srinivasan told The Indian Express.

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Did Srinivasan have the authority to veto selectors?

Yes he was. In accordance with the old constitution of the BCCI, the approval of the President was required for the team selections to proceed. “The president must approve the composition of a team, selected by the selection committee,” said the old constitution of BCCI.

Does the president of the BCCI still have a veto on selection issues?

No. Judge Lodha’s reforms changed that. The new constitution of the BCCI, approved by the Supreme Court, states: “The management of cricket matters such as selection, training and evaluation of team performance will be exclusively managed by the cricket committees (committee selection in case of team selection) comprising only players… ”

Read also | The ups and downs of MS Dhoni’s international career over the past 15 years

Was Srinivasan’s decision to keep Dhoni as skipper justified?

The process of phasing out the old guard began after the Australian tour. But it took a long time for India to regroup. Under captain Dhoni, India lost a series of home tests against England in 2012. However, as youngsters like Shikhar Dhawan were recruited, India rebounded to clean up Australia in the series. home tests in 2013. A few months later they won the Champions Trophy in England.

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