Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar reckons that it is unfair to compare India skipper MS Dhoni with his predecessors and believes that one should instead, celebrate his triumph in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
Dhoni is now the only captain in the world to have won all three major ICC trophies including Twenty20 World Cup, the 50-over World Cup and the Champions Trophy.
"Generations cannot be compared, eras were different so it's not fair to compare. Surely he is one of the best India has had. Results speak for themselves. He took India to number one in Tests, won 2011 World Cup, T20 World Cup in 2007 and now the Champions Trophy. We should be rejoicing (instead of making comparisons)," Gavaskar said in an interview to NDTV.
Gavaskar maintained that the current Indian team is unique as it has the hunger to win. "This team is champion since it had greater hunger for success and a great desire to show that they belong to this arena. Champions have that little extra and this team has that and that's why they are champions," he said.
He praised Dhoni's captaincy saying that the skipper was able to get the best out of his players as a leader. "A captain is as good as his team. But a great captain is one who produces results even with not so good team. Dhoni is a great captain. In 2007 he won T20 World Cup, he did not have the best players, even in this Champions Trophy he did not have experienced players. You got to say he is great as he has got the best out of players under him," the batsman said.
Former cricketers Ajay Jadeja, Anshuman Gaekwad and Venkatesh Prasad also had similar opinions on the India skipper.
"It is absolutely tough, all captains had different set of players, different combination of selectors. Dhoni gave freedom to his bowlers, he backs his decisions, his field positions are weired but he goes by his instincts. He has given the confidence to the players," former India seamer Prasad said.
Former player and selector Gaekwad went to the extent of admitting he did not regard Dhoni highly when the wicket-keeper made his debut. "He removes the (batting) pads and gloves and comes on to bowl. That's how he does (his job). Dhoni has done a lot of experimentation and proved me wrong and cricket is meant for that. He is prepared to take risks and got rewards. And it's not easiest things, he is wicketkeeper, he is captain and has to do the batting responsibilities, he has done a great all-round job," Gaekwad said.