Before the team’s departure for a limited-overs series against Zimbabwe starting June 11, India limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said “It’s not that I don’t enjoy the game, this decision will be taken by the BCCI, it’s not up to me to decide on that,” said Dhoni in the press conference
Dhoni never played any series with Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe during India’s tours in 2010, 2013 and 2015. So, Ambati Rayudu has played in six ODIs in Zimbabwe in his fledgling playing life, while Kedar Jadhav played three ODIs and two T20Is on the tour last year.
He also said “the new coach should have a good understanding of the culture even if he is not too fluent in Hindi, a criteria listed by the BCCI in its advertisement for applicants. Communication is not a big problem. We have seen English is not a big barrier with new players. I feel talking in Hindi can be a criterion, but should not be the only criteria. The best man should be selected, We keep playing a lot. We have to see the best option and one of the most important things is whoever understands our culture and upbringing, more than English or Hindi. We have seen whoever we consider as best in the past has understood our culture,”
As the Indian cricket team lands in Zimbabwe to take part in a relatively low-profile One-Day International and Twenty20 series, looking to win goodwill and not just the games, its members are not your usual suspects.
the 16-member squad is hugely inexperienced – five of them are uncapped at the international level, while the combined experience of 15 members of the team (83 ODIs and 28 T20Is) is just a third of the entire match experience of the person who will be leading them, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.