Islamabad. Former union minister and Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar today stoked another controversy by reportedly saying, during a panel discussion on a Pakistani sports channel that MS Dhoni needs to be removed as Indian Cricket captain for Pakistan to beat India in a World Cup.
Pakistan has never managed to beat India in an ODI World cup in 6 attempts and it remains one of their major ambitions to beat India in a world cup game. Closest they came was in 2011 semifinal but then India was rescued by Misbah Ul Haq’s aggressive batting.
When the anchor of Pakistani sports channel asked what is to be done to end this string of losses against India in the World Cup, Aiyar responded, “The first and the foremost thing is to remove Dhoni. Only then can the chances of a Pakistan win increase. We have to wait for four more years. You are all optimistic that Dhoni will retire by then but there has to be a more proactive approach than that.” He further said, “Bring me to the leadership and remove him. There is no other way to increase your chances. I will drop Virat, send Raina to face Mohammad Irfan, include Binny as the allrounder and will bowl Ishant Sharma at the death.”
When we sought his reaction to the issue, MS Dhoni said, “This is absolutely heartbreaking. After all that I have done for Chennai and Tamil Nadu, a Tamil guy approaching Pakistan to remove me is quite sad. At least he should have approached Sri Lanka.”
The matter has taken a political turn with BJP asking Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to clear their stand. In response, Congress has distanced itself from MS Aiyar’s remark and also shown footage of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi cheering for India during the aforementioned 2011 semifinal to clear any doubt.
Meanwhile, Subramanian Swamy was spotted going through the list of companies registered in England to check MS Aiyar’s nationality.