IPL Is Not A Benchmark To Select Players For Tests, ODIs: Dhoni

Today India’s limited overs captain captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stated that IPL cannot be the benchmark to choose players for the hard work of international cricket, mostly Tests and the 50-over format.

Dhoni supposed the lucrative Indian Premier League can be, at finest, called a good place to promote evolving skills.

“I have all the time said IPL is a platform where you found out the talent. After that you follow them in domestic circuit and see how well they are performing. In IPL you can get away with a lot of things. But to select proper Test or 50-over cricketers on IPL performance, I don’t think would be right,” said Dhoni at a media conference here ahead of India’s opening T20 International against Sri Lanka tomorrow.

Dhoni, who will be the captain of recently organized IPL franchise team “Rising Pune Super Giants” in the T20 league’s ninth edition in April-May, also said about the Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium at Gahunje here, which will be the team’s home venue in the tournament.

“Now the wicket here is a bit steadier. It’s not a very big field, it’s a decent-sized ground and the straight boundaries are not very long. Though it’s a little away from the city, the crowds arise in big amounts and are also very helpful.”

Dhoni said he has other explanations to like Pune as a location. “It has been a special ground. I am fond of dogs and there are a lot of dogs at this ground,” said the 2011 World Cup-winning captain, mentioning to the two dozen dogs of dissimilar breed that are kept inside the stadium building.

Dhoni, who is an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, said he also loved to stay in the city which is the headquarters of Indian Army’s Southern Command and also has an Indian Air Force base station.

“And when you come here you also have the opportunity to see fighter planes. There is more to do here than playing cricket. These are good attractions. The crowd also supports you well,” he said

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