Bedi questions BCCI’s decision to rest Dhoni for two ODIs

Former India cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi questioned the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) move to rest MS Dhoni for the final two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Australia and said his absence was clearly visible during the Mohali ODI.

The 72-year-old spin great, who took 266 wickets in 67 Tests said at a reception organised by the Australian High Commission for its cricket team, said he was nobody to comment but “we all are wondering that why Dhoni is being rested and his absence was felt yesterday, behind the stumps, with the bat and on field also. He is almost half a captain.”

Bedi further said, “Dhoni is not getting any younger, he is no spring chicken either but the team needs him. He has a calming influence on the side. The captain needs him by his side, he is visibly rough without him. It is not a good sign.”

Bedi also felt the Indian ODI team is experimenting needlessly ahead of the World Cup, to be held in the United Kingdom from May 30 to July 14.

“I would personally like them to live in the present. World Cup is still two and a half months away. Just play the game. For World Cup, we have been experimenting in the last one year and I am not happy with that at all,” he said, adding, that the IPL, beginning March 23, can pose serious problems for the team ahead of the mega event.