Nepal Won’t Dilute ODI Standards, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Published - 17 Mar 2018, 01:35 PM | Updated - 16 Apr 2024, 12:32 PM

Nepal won't dilute ODI standards feels MS Dhoni. Credit: Twitter

Former India skipper, MS Dhoni feels, Nepal won’t dilute the standards of the fifty-over game.

Meanwhile, Nepal secured this prestigious position after beating Papua New Guinea at the ICC World Cup Qualifiers. Dhoni also congratulated Paras Khadka-led Nepal cricket team for the achievement.

Dhoni admitted this achievement should transform the mentality of people from Nepal to cricket. Previously, Dhoni met these Nepal cricketers and admitted found them to be hard-working.

It’s (ODI status) a result of their hard-work and sincere effort. I don’t think that participation of small teams will dilute the standard of cricket the world over,” Dhoni said.

Nepal Cricket Team
Nepal Cricket Team

Although Dhoni admitted the bench strength of Nepal is not that good, but he feels they will now look to improve and compete with other teams.

To make cricket a global sport, I believe more and more such teams must come into the fray, and it is good that Associate nations are trying to gain ICC’s ODI status,” added Dhoni.

Further, Dhoni cited the example of Afghanistan to portray what international cricket can do to a team.

Consistency is important, and that’s why teams like UAE after playing some good cricket for a good time period, lost their way,” Dhoni added.

Meanwhile, Dhoni admitted there is no workload pressure, and he is enjoying his game. Previously, Indian skipper Virat Kohli claimed too much cricket is taking a toll on his body.

Dhoni will return to action on April 7, when he leads Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

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