Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday srongly supported the incumbent, MS Dhoni, saying he has helped India kiss a lot of success and he is still one of the best in the business.
Reacting to Dhoni's offer to step down as Team India captain recently, Ganguly said he should be given the due respect and time to recover from this difficult phase.
India suffered a humiliating series defeat in the hands of the rising star of ODI cricket Bangladesh after their second successive loss on Sunday. After the match, Dhoni had said it aloud at a press conference that if needed he was ready to take the blame and step down as the captain.
"He has said it in the heat of the moment and it's not right. He was upset after the defeat. Leave it there. Everybody has to sit together and think. Don't put MS Dhoni down, he has a terrific record in one-dayers. Give respect to him," said Ganguly in an interview to a TV channel.
Bangladesh registered their first ODI series win against India and thus Dhoni became the first Indian captain to lose a series against the Bangla Tigers. Following the shocking defeat Dhoni's captaincy is reportedly under threat. There are a lot of questions in the people's mind whether he is the right man to lead India in the ICC World Twenty20, which is scheduled to start in March 2016 in India.
"It's not an individual decision. Let's cool down, let the series be finished. Such a decision can't be taken overnight. Whoever has to take a decision, has to take long-term aspect in mind. There is BCCI president, secretary general and office bearers. He should be given all the time in the world. Whether he wants to continue and has the power to lift the side," said Ganguly when asked about whether Dhoni would be leading Team India in the ICC World Twenty20.