Gilchrist and MS Dhoni are one of the biggest names in wicketkeeping in the cricketing world. Gilchrist is already retired from international cricket but MS Dhoni is still playing limited overs cricket.
Gilchrist has all praise for MS Dhoni and he feels that Indian cricket team benefits more than it knows from Mahendra Singh Dhoni presence. He also said that the Dhoni’s experience should not be undervalued.
“I think they (Indian team) probably benefit more than they know by his (Dhoni) experience and him just being around. I wonder whether people around undervalue his experience and calmness that MS brings to the change room,” Gilchrist told PTI during an interaction at the sidelines of ‘Royal Stag Barrel Select Perfect Strokes’.
“I think he (Dhoni) is so versatile that he could possibly play anywhere between Nos 3 to 7 and still have an impact. So, this Indian team is full of options and flexibility and MS just adds to that as he has throughout his career.
“I am not aware of his statistics for the past 12 months or so but I don’t think he has let the team down when he has been asked to do a job. I love Virat (Kohli) and all the Indian players’ passion and aggression. It’s always nice to be balanced up by some experience and wise head,” Gilchrist said.
There is still more than 1 year to go for the 2019 cricket World Cup in England, Gilchrist feels that he is not sure if there is anyone around the corner who can replace the Dhoni in ODI cricket.
“Dhoni will know if he is keen enough and committed enough (to play the 2019 World Cup). Whether he is prepared to make the sacrifices to be there,” he said.
“I believe that MS will make the right decision for Indian cricket. There is plenty of time but don’t undervalue the experience that he brings,” he added further.
Gilchrist also feels that every batting records are in danger across all format when a question about Virat Kohli was asked.
“I think every batting statistic is in danger across all formats. It’s extraordinary. He is a world-class batsman. Even if he doesn’t break all the batting records, he will certainly get close to all of them,” Gilchrist added.
Virat Kohli already has 49 international hundreds across all format. He recently surpassed Ricky Ponting and become the second most ODI centurion with 32 hundred.