MS Dhoni mature enough to take decision on retirement: Sanjay Jagdale

first_imgMS Dhoni mature enough to take decision on retirement: Sanjay JagdaleSanjay Jagdale, a former BCCI secretary, has said that Dhoni is mature enough to take decision on his retirement. He also added that the Indian team currently has no viable alternative to Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman.advertisement Press Trust of India IndoreJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 18:15 IST India’s M.S. Dhoni walks back after getting dismissed during the 1st Semi-final match (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThe selectors should also inform Dhoni in what capacity they want to see him in the future, said Sanjay JadgaleJagdale said it would be improper to say that as a cricketer Dhoni has erredKeeping future in mind, young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant should be given opportunity, said JagdaleAmid speculation that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is contemplating retirement, former national selector Sanjay Jagdale Friday said the M S K Prasad-led selection panel should find out what was going on in the veteran wicket-keeper’s mind about his future.However, Jagdale, a former BCCI secretary, asserted that Dhoni was mature enough to take a call on his retirement from limited overs cricket.The 38-year-old 2011 Word Cup-winning captain, whose finishing abilities with the bat has been on the wane, would be the centre of discussion when the national selection committee meets in Mumbai Sunday to pick up squads for the West Indies series starting next month.”Dhoni is a great player and has always selflessly played for India. In my opinion, the Indian team currently has no viable alternative to Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman, Jagdale told PTI.There is intense speculation that the Jharkhand player, who opted out of Test cricket in 2014, is mulling retirement even though he himself has remained tight-lipped about his future plans.Thus, Dhoni’s selection or omission for the West Indies tour would be an indicator of things to come in the future.”Dhoni is mature enough to take a decision on his retirement. But the (national) selectors should meet him to find out what is going on in his mind about his professional future as was done in the case of Sachin Tendulkar before his retirement, added Jagdale (68), a former office-bearer of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.”The selectors should also inform Dhoni in what capacity they want to see him in the future, he said.advertisementDhoni was criticised for slow batting during the World Cup, where India’s campaign ended in the semi-finals, but Jagdale, a former first-class player, defended the ex-captain, saying he played as per the situation.”Dhoni played in the World Cup as per the team’s requirement. In the semi-final also he was batting as per the same strategy but unfortunately he got run out at a crucial moment (in the game), he said.Jagdale said it would be improper to say that as a cricketer Dhoni has erred.”It is not expected from a 38-year-old player to play with the same energy and vigour that he displayed in his prime days.Taking a dig at those criticising Dhoni, Jagdale said, “Even those players are criticising him who have not played well in their career. However, only true players know Dhoni’s worth.”However, Jagdale said keeping future in mind, young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant should be given opportunity.”Before the World Cup, Pant should have been included in the ODI team alongside Dhoni as Pant could have learned from him,” said Jagdale.Pant (21) was not in the World Cup squad, but was called as a replacement for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan.Read more | Sachin Tendulkar reveals most memorable moment of career after ICC Hall of Fame honourAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow former BCCI secretaryFollow Dhoni retirementlast_img read more

Grants for cleaner vehicles cut by 30 per cent in 2004

Industry remains concerned over funding for Powershift grants SMMT has reacted with some concern over Energy Saving Trust (EST) proposals, published today, which set out the funding schedule for cleaner vehicle grants in 2004. While the industry was prepared for cuts in both Powershift and CleanUp grants, SMMT believes that too little has been allocated to Powershift which part-funds new vehicle technologies that deliver the greatest environmental benefits.Overall, funds have been cut by 30 per cent and EST proposes to split £14 million equally between Powershift and CleanUp programmes. While the industry is pleased that EST has heeded industry concerns and will award Powershift grants only to the cleanest hybrid, electric and LPG new vehicle technologies, the reduction in their value remains a concern. By using more of the £7 million allocated to CleanUp, which funds the retrofit of systems to older vehicles, cuts would have been unnecessary. The industry will repeat its message to the chancellor that he should tread carefully when announcing fuel duty rates for the next three years in his budget. Lower fuel duty is a key incentive for buyers of new cars powered by alternative fuels and any erosion of that benefit will damage momentum, making these models less attractive to consumers.SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘We are pleased that EST has reacted to our concerns and set out grant funding for 2004. However, more priority should have been given to the Powershift programme which drives the development of the cleanest new vehicle technologies. Splitting funds down the middle seems to be an arbitrary compromise without thought of long-term goals.’He added, ‘It also seems slightly bizarre that higher grant levels may be available for the same vehicles and equipment for programmes in Scotland and Wales. Surely it makes sense to have a level playing field across the UK?’ The EST proposals also include a quarterly review of grant allocation. The industry supports this measure which means funds will be more closely monitored throughout the financial year. Greater accountability should create more confidence in EST grants going forward and must prevent a repeat of 2003’s debacle where grant funding ran out without warning.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more