MS Dhoni is very wrong in asking for rank turners: Nari Contractor

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Former India captain Nari Contractor today lashed out at current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for terming his demand for designer wickets as 'very wrong' and something that captains in his era never asked for.

"During our times, nobody has ever made such open statements asking for rank turners. This is very wrong on Dhoni's part," 78-year-old Contractor, who led India to their first Test win over England said.

"At best, we asked the groundsmen how the pitch would behave and what could be expected of it. We never ordered like 'aise ya waise wicket banana (we did not give any instruction)," Contractor, who has an all-win captaincy record against England was very critical of Dhoni's demand.

Although Contractor agrees that getting home advantage is a parrt and parcel in today's game but making "open demands" certainly "doesn't make sense."

"What sense does it make to ask openly for a turner? Nobody makes such open statements," the septuagenarian seemed furious.

The man, who played the last of his 31 Tests back in 1962 before suffering a life threatening head injury by a Charlie Griffith bouncer in a colony game, feels that despite losses the fans should have faith in Dhoni and his boys.

"You will win some and lose a few in the process. It happens. Australia's performance too has dipped... Can one team keep on winning always?" he countered.

"Can Cheteshwar Pujara do anything better? Give Pujaras and Kohlis some time to settle down."

But Contractor didn't wish to comment when asked by Sachin Tendulkar's future.

"He has 100 international centuries. Please don't ask me about his future."

The Indian spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh have received a lot of flak but Contractor feels that "they are the best that we have got."

On a different note, Contractor who came back from the fatal head injury and played first-class cricket for Railways says that his only regret was not being able to play one Test match after that injury.

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