Kirmani says Dhoni has miles to go

Published: Monday, April 25, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Former Indian wicketkeeper and ex-chairman of the selection committe Syed Kirmani has criticised the media for creating hype after M S Dhoni's century against Pakistan, saying the Jharkhand stumper still has a long way to go.

''Media unnecessarily catapulted the guy to the seventh heaven, Dhoni still has got a long way to go; he has just started out,'' Syed Kirmani told Agencies.

Refusing to compare Dhoni with Australian swashbuckler Adam Gilchrist, he said, ''Let Dhoni perform with consistency, he has miles to go.''

But the former wicketkepeer was happy with the emergence of a new crop of stumpers including Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Kaarthick and Dhoni battling it out for the single slot in the national team, ''The good thing about the situation is they will not take their place for granted and will be on their toes to perform.''

When asked why India did not have a quality stumper despite two former wicketkeepers as chief selectors, he said, ''Ask the Board about it.''

Lashing out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the World Cup winning keeper said, ''Proper emphasis is not laid on keeping by the Board, we have a bowling coach, a batting coach but we do not have any wicketkeeping coach.''

He also took a dig at the shuffling of keepers for the national team after Nayan Mongia, saying, ''Ask those selectors and the Board. You need experience and exposure for better performance.''

Asked who is the best keeper among the present lot, he remained non-committal and said, ''Nobody is the best. They are in the process of becoming the best from good.''

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