Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (TOI Photo)
CHENNAI: For the last few years, the Tamil Nadu state cricket team has seen a lot of chopping and changing. And it has certainly gone on to affect their performance in the Ranji Trophy.
Former India batsman WV Raman said the present set of Tamil Nadu selectors should take a leaf out of Mahendra Singh Dhoni‘s book when it comes to selecting the Ranji squad.
According to Raman, former India captain Dhoni used to take a lot of time before finally giving the nod to a player to be selected in the national team. The TN selectors should follow such an approach.
“Preparing for Ranji Trophy should be a long drawn process. There needs to be stability at the top. Chopping and changing happens only when people get affected easily by criticism. Otherwise, it shouldn’t happen. A selector’s job is to pick the best possible squad. So you must take your time to assess cricketers. You must understand what is the strength of a cricketer and what they can do best to help the team. That’s how Dhoni operates. He takes a lot of time before he brings in somebody to the team and drops players. Obviously, if he decides that somebody is good enough to play, it is difficult to get the player concerned out of the team also. But the most critical aspect is he takes a lot of time before giving the nod,” Raman said on R Ashwin‘s chat show ‘The Formula For Success’ on Youtube.
Raman said the selectors must have convictions in their decision. “As a selector, what you must do is you should take a lot of time to say that this guy deserves to be in the squad. The bottom line then is you must have convictions in your decisions. Otherwise, you might struggle,” said Raman.