New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) Mahendra Singh Dhoni''s commentsabout being mentally unprepared for pre-World Cup practicematches were ill-timed and he should have waited to win thecoveted trophy before dedicating it to Sachin Tendulkar, feelWest Indian batting legend Vivian Richards and ex-Pakistancaptain Imran Khan.
Richards and Imran felt Dhoni''s recent utterings wereunnecessary.
"It''s not the best thing you want to hear at this point.
If they win the World Cup there is going to be no tirednesscome IPL time," Richards said.
"May be this is a way to lure all teams into a falsesense of security. All the captains have their ways of doingthings. Especially when Dhoni mentioned that we have the IPLafter that. Well, what I would like to ask him is, why not getso tired after winning the World Cup that you are alreadytired for the IPL," he told ''CNN-IBN''.
"I just think the timing of the statement is wrong. Don''ttalk about fatigue before a World Cup has even begun," headded.
Imran echoed the views and said the comments should havebeen avoided.
"If Dhoni meant that there should be no practice matchesI completely agree that there should not be practice matchesbefore the World Cup. If you have played so much of cricketyou don''t need practice matches but the tougher thecompetition you have before the World Cup the better preparedyou are," he said.
Richards and Imran were also critical of Dhoni''s commentsabout dedicating the World Cup Sachin Tendulkar, who wouldplaying it for the sixth time.
"I don''t think Dhoni needed to say it. Even if you havethose feelings...these are the feelings you should keep toyourself. First go and win the World Cup and then say you havedone it for Sachin. But don''t say these things before a WorldCup.
"The Cup is about India, not an individual. I want Sachinto be a World Cup winner, but the captain doesn''t need to sayit at this stage," Richards said.
Imran felt such a declaration is a sign of weakness inthe Indian team.
"What Dhoni was saying should have been told to thecricket board, he should not come on television and say it. Itsomehow reflects a sign of weakness," Imran added.