West Indian batting legend Brian Lara says it is unfair to criticize Indian captain M.S. Dhoni because of the team’s failure in recent times.
“Every sportsperson goes through a bad phase. And, let us not forget some of the great wins India recorded under Dhoni’s leadership,” said the 46-year-old former captain on the sidelines of a promotional event here on Wednesday.
“I still believe India stands as clear favourite in home conditions though there will be pressure because of high expectations when it hosts the Twenty20 World Cup next year,” Lara said.
“This Indian team has some exciting players who can handle such pressure easily. And given the fact that they had won the 2011 World Cup (50 overs) at home, the host will be a major threat for many teams,” he said.
Reflecting on the West Indies team, a visibly dejected Lara said that it was not about an individual player or an official. “The problem is deep rooted. It has something to do with on the administrative front. And I don’t think one individual can make a difference to the fortunes of a team,” Lara said.