Jaipur: Former Indian wicket-keeper turned commentator Deep Dasgupta recently gave his views on one of the most debated topics in Indian cricket – Who is the better captain between Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Deep Dasgupta who played under Ganguly added spice to this never ending discussion and India’s fascination with declaring the best ever skipper. He believes Sourav got the team to certain level, MS Dhoni took it forward and now Virat is taking it ahead. According to him, it is like a chain reaction and very unfair to justify looking at different eras.
In a recent interaction on Sports Tiger’s show ‘Off the Field’, Dasgupta also said, “When we talk about captaincy, we do not talk about someone like Ajit Wadekar. We tend to forget that in 1971, India won two massive series away from home, against England in England and West Indies in West Indies. So, unofficially India was the No. 1 Test side way back in 1971.” During the interview, he also spoke highly of former captains and legends of the game like Kapil Dev who got India the 1983 World Cup under his captaincy, Sunil Gavaskar and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. He added “We are so fortunate to have a legacy of such great captains and players that at times, we do not appreciate that.”
He also spoke about the new guidelines by ICC around the non-usage of saliva because of the ongoing pandemic. He believes that this will definitely give an edge to the batsmen. He said “Saliva is such an important aspect of the game. From a bowler’s perspective, Saliva is such a versatile thing. It helps you maintain the new ball and once the new ball is older, then it helps in reverse swing. So, there are two aspects to it. Once you take the saliva out of it, so it gets very-very difficult for the bowlers and will be tilted not marginally but heavily towards batsmen.” He believes that taking the saliva out of the game will take away a major weapon for the bowlers and to balance it out, it would be preferable to play on pitches which are very helpful to the bowlers. He said that it is very logical to take saliva out of the game right now considering the situation we are in but we need to also look at the other side and try to balance the tilt.
Deep Dasgupta, is a very successful commentator now and was a wicket-keeper batsman who represented India in 8 Tests and 5 ODIs. Dasgupta averaged 28.67 in Tests and has a century and two fifties to his name.