India in Australia 2011-12 January 31, 2012

If there is a better man, give him the job - Dhoni

MS Dhoni isn't making any predictions about giving up Test cricket or any other format after 2013. But his matter-of-fact statements are open to interpretation
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"I just said my statement. The best thing about statements is, you can assume it the way you want to."

That was MS Dhoni's response when told how his statement that he might have to give up Test cricket at the end of 2013 if he is to captain India to their World Cup defence was seen by many as a general disinterest in Test cricket.

"Maybe by 2013 I'll have to," Dhoni said. "It is two years away, and the kind of cricket we are playing - IPL, 45 days; Champions League; and back-to-back series; lots of games. We have to see where we last. It's not a calendar year where you get a lot of rest, and you get away with small niggles during that rest period."

Dhoni then sought to clarify his thought process. "I said end of 2013," he said. "Now it's the start of 2012, 2013 is two years. I don't know whether I will be alive in two years. That's a long time. What I said was, by the end of 2013, I will have to see whether I can play the World Cup. It wasn't about one format, it was about cricket. I can't play till 2014 and say I am not fit enough to survive till the next World Cup. And you'll have a player coming in who has played just 25 games."

When pointedly asked if he was as interested in Tests as he was in other formats, and whether Test cricket was as important in his mind, Dhoni's response was emphatic. "Of course. Test cricket is the real cricket." However, he went on to say he wasn't running down the other formats either.

"Every form of cricket has its own challenges," Dhoni said. "You have the Test format, the longer version. You have ODI cricket where you can see glimpses of Test cricket and Twenty20s, especially with two balls getting used. And all of a sudden a team loses three or four wickets, and you go and do the consolidating job and then go on with the slog. And then there is the shortest format where you lose five wickets, you go in and the longest consolidating period you get is one over and you start hitting again. All of them are very interesting, and as long as I am able to, I will play all the three formats."

Dhoni was then asked where he felt he was on his Test journey. "I am still on my way. I have not reached any place," he said, suggesting there might finally be something in a Dhoni press conference that might reveal his inner feelings, before going on to show it was just a tease. "If I remember, the thing I said was 2013, which is two years from now on. I don't know if you will be covering cricket or not. I don't know if I will be playing cricket or not. That's a long time."

"Now it's the start of 2012. 2013 is two years. I don't know whether I will be alive in two years"

That's the thing with Dhoni. You never know. If you haven't been to a match, you won't be able to tell from Dhoni's face if he has won it or lost it. There is a sense of detachment, whether real or rehearsed, that has worked for Dhoni, ridding him of the pressures Indian captaincy brings. It has consumed the best of them, even the best tactical captain India has had, Rahul Dravid.

Dhoni has fought it by not acknowledging it, but over the last 12 months, especially after India won the World Cup, you wonder if he has been too detached when India needed a more involved leader to oversee the transition to the next phase. In Australia, loss after loss brought the same combination, same strategy, same faces, same answers. You didn't get a feeling somebody was taking charge. You didn't see Dhoni change his tactics on the field. You can't blame the thinkers for thinking he didn't care. Dhoni, though, will tell you only he knows how much he cares. However, people who wanted to see a sign didn't get to see one.

Then there was intrigue off the field. There were reports of Virender Sehwag wanting the captaincy, and that he was not very appreciative of Dhoni's work. Not to forget that Sehwag can't be very appreciative of his own work, either as batsman or captain at this stage. Sehwag, of course, denied all that. Now that the series is gone, though, rumour mills are abuzz again. Dhoni's captaincy in Tests away from subcontinent is bound to come under scrutiny.

When asked where he saw himself vis-à-vis the captaincy issue, Dhoni said: "It's an added role and responsibility for me. It's not a position that belongs to anyone. That responsibility was given to me three-and-a-half years back. I have been trying to do well, get along with the team, perform well wherever we play.

"It's just a position I hold. It's something I'll always look to do well [as long as] I am in the job. It's not something I want to hold on to or stick on to. If there's a better replacement, it's a very open thing. He can come in. At the end of the day you want India to perform. If there is someone who can do a better job, then it's a place that should be given to him. It's not something you have to cling on to."

When asked if, given his workload, he had enough left to go on and lead India's attempt at rebuilding from the defeats, Dhoni said: "It's not an individual who decides whether he is good enough or not. It's others who decide if you are good enough or not. When it comes to effort, I am still giving my 100%."

To paraphrase Dhoni himself, the beauty of statements is, they are open to interpretations. As are the last two. Is he resigned to losing his Test captaincy? Is he so detached he won't fight if it is taken away? Will he not be desperate to correct the lasting memory of his captaincy - back-to-back whitewashes? Or - and this is interesting - is he daring the powers to find a man better suited to the job because there isn't anybody in sight at the moment?

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • cosair on February 3, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    The Indian cricket team needs to purge the older players as it seems they want to play forever. Tendulkhar, Dravid and Laxman have to go and I wonder if the Indian Cricket Board have the guts to do the right thing. Sehwag has been a big disappointment and he has to go too.India needs to build a team from scratch and then inject young players into its team hence it is blend of experience and youth.

  • vikramv786 on February 2, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    The entire Indian test team should be revamped. Here is my selection for the next Test Series.

    1. Ajinkya Rahane 2. Abhinav Mukund 3. Virat Kohli 4. Cheteshwar Pujara 5. Rohit Sharma 6. Ambati Rayadu (wicket-keeper) 7. Irfan Pathan (all-rounder) 9. Ravichandran Ashwin / Rahul Sharma 10.Praveen Kumar 11.Zaheer Khan 12.Umesh Yadav / Varun Aaron

  • on February 2, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    How many "you know" are there in Dhoni's interview.. Anyone... who counted ? :-P

  • on February 2, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Dhoni don't give up. Just two back to back white washes doesn't mean the captaincy is bad. The same test side is a very good side. Look at the recent past, 6 months before, what Dhoni has done as a captain and the batsmen like Shahwag and Laxman, they have done very well, just few failures doesn't mean they should be dropped. We want Dhoni as the captain for the next world cup as well. The Indian fans just can't bare a defeat, they put the pressure on the captain and on the players, just give them a break yaar, they are also human beings... India will bounce back hardly i.a... A die hard Indian fan from Sri Lanka....

  • on February 2, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Relieve him of the Captaincy- Make Virat the Test captain and Rohit the VC , a long time prospect with whom team can be buid around without the 3 greats.

    For ODI and 2020 make Dhoni the Captain and Virat the VC

    The Test team could be Gambhir, Rahane, Vijay/Mukund, Virat, Rohit, Pujara , Badrinath,Dinesh Karthik, Ashwin, Ojha,yadav, aaron, ishant , Praveen Kumar

  • Nampally on February 2, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    I have stated many times in the Cricinfo columns that India needs 3 different captains for 3 formats, as other Nations have. Why does India persist with inept captaincy of Dhoni in all 3 formats is a mystery. No wonder india never develops any new faces or unravel new talent. If Dhoni is to captain India in any format he needs to attend several courses and brush his cricketing knowledge. This is the guy who said he never heard of Farookh Engineer- a brilliant Indian WK, preceding him. Amazingly, Farookh was better than Dhoni in batting & as a WK. Dhoni has to shed his Villager background and update his knowledge if he wants to be Indian skipper. I personally feel Tiwary, Kohli & Raina need to be trained to take on the Captaincy role. Kohli needs to polish up his PR + diplomacy+ anger management a bit. Tiwary is very balanced while Raina needs more confidence. But all 3 are good. I leave it up to Indian Selectors to decide Dhoni as a Captain & a specific format other than Tests.

  • sathishvaiju on February 2, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Good that a waste dumb fellow accepted he is dumb and quitting captaincy

  • on February 2, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Dhoni has been a great captain however his team has let him down. He has always done great at home in international games as well as in IPL. However the team has not performed well in the recent past especially outside the sub-continent. The bowlers are not performing well. The batsmen have failed to score runs consistently. The youngsters are not being given enough chances to prove themselves. I think the whole management needs overhauling and the team should come up with new and better tactics and strategies when they are playing against teams like Australia, England in their home. The margins of defeat were huge. But I think putting all the blame on captain is not a wise thing to do in these circumstances. The team was good but it failed to deliver. Also there is a problem with pitches also. In India we have flat pitches with no pace,swing and bounce. Therefore the batsmen and the bowlers feel it difficult to adjust to conditions in abroad.

  • Umakanth.P on February 2, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    At least even now the selectors has to take a brave call on several senior players such as Sehwag,Gambhir,Laxman. They are supposed to be sacked from test team . Dhoni who failed as a Test captain because of of lacking tactics should be releived from the duties. BCCI should set up a meeting by including senior former cricketers, Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly along with selectors to understand the necessity of making Sachin as captain for the test format and Virat Kohli as a vice captain. And also our bowling coach needs to be changed , if possible has to bring Donald or Wasim Akram as bowling coach for Team India. Sachin and Dravid will surely retire on high note. If Dhoni had given chance to Rohith Sahrma and Abhimanyu Mithun at perth and Ojha at Adelaid the result could have been different. It may be 3-0 or 3-1 rather than 4-0.

  • m_ilind on February 2, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Dhoni should either resign quietly or just keep his mouth shut! He is not doing us a big favor by being the captain of the Indian team. Same goes to Dravid et al when they say that they would like to see youngsters come good before they retire!

  • cosair on February 3, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    The Indian cricket team needs to purge the older players as it seems they want to play forever. Tendulkhar, Dravid and Laxman have to go and I wonder if the Indian Cricket Board have the guts to do the right thing. Sehwag has been a big disappointment and he has to go too.India needs to build a team from scratch and then inject young players into its team hence it is blend of experience and youth.

  • vikramv786 on February 2, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    The entire Indian test team should be revamped. Here is my selection for the next Test Series.

    1. Ajinkya Rahane 2. Abhinav Mukund 3. Virat Kohli 4. Cheteshwar Pujara 5. Rohit Sharma 6. Ambati Rayadu (wicket-keeper) 7. Irfan Pathan (all-rounder) 9. Ravichandran Ashwin / Rahul Sharma 10.Praveen Kumar 11.Zaheer Khan 12.Umesh Yadav / Varun Aaron

  • on February 2, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    How many "you know" are there in Dhoni's interview.. Anyone... who counted ? :-P

  • on February 2, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Dhoni don't give up. Just two back to back white washes doesn't mean the captaincy is bad. The same test side is a very good side. Look at the recent past, 6 months before, what Dhoni has done as a captain and the batsmen like Shahwag and Laxman, they have done very well, just few failures doesn't mean they should be dropped. We want Dhoni as the captain for the next world cup as well. The Indian fans just can't bare a defeat, they put the pressure on the captain and on the players, just give them a break yaar, they are also human beings... India will bounce back hardly i.a... A die hard Indian fan from Sri Lanka....

  • on February 2, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Relieve him of the Captaincy- Make Virat the Test captain and Rohit the VC , a long time prospect with whom team can be buid around without the 3 greats.

    For ODI and 2020 make Dhoni the Captain and Virat the VC

    The Test team could be Gambhir, Rahane, Vijay/Mukund, Virat, Rohit, Pujara , Badrinath,Dinesh Karthik, Ashwin, Ojha,yadav, aaron, ishant , Praveen Kumar

  • Nampally on February 2, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    I have stated many times in the Cricinfo columns that India needs 3 different captains for 3 formats, as other Nations have. Why does India persist with inept captaincy of Dhoni in all 3 formats is a mystery. No wonder india never develops any new faces or unravel new talent. If Dhoni is to captain India in any format he needs to attend several courses and brush his cricketing knowledge. This is the guy who said he never heard of Farookh Engineer- a brilliant Indian WK, preceding him. Amazingly, Farookh was better than Dhoni in batting & as a WK. Dhoni has to shed his Villager background and update his knowledge if he wants to be Indian skipper. I personally feel Tiwary, Kohli & Raina need to be trained to take on the Captaincy role. Kohli needs to polish up his PR + diplomacy+ anger management a bit. Tiwary is very balanced while Raina needs more confidence. But all 3 are good. I leave it up to Indian Selectors to decide Dhoni as a Captain & a specific format other than Tests.

  • sathishvaiju on February 2, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Good that a waste dumb fellow accepted he is dumb and quitting captaincy

  • on February 2, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Dhoni has been a great captain however his team has let him down. He has always done great at home in international games as well as in IPL. However the team has not performed well in the recent past especially outside the sub-continent. The bowlers are not performing well. The batsmen have failed to score runs consistently. The youngsters are not being given enough chances to prove themselves. I think the whole management needs overhauling and the team should come up with new and better tactics and strategies when they are playing against teams like Australia, England in their home. The margins of defeat were huge. But I think putting all the blame on captain is not a wise thing to do in these circumstances. The team was good but it failed to deliver. Also there is a problem with pitches also. In India we have flat pitches with no pace,swing and bounce. Therefore the batsmen and the bowlers feel it difficult to adjust to conditions in abroad.

  • Umakanth.P on February 2, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    At least even now the selectors has to take a brave call on several senior players such as Sehwag,Gambhir,Laxman. They are supposed to be sacked from test team . Dhoni who failed as a Test captain because of of lacking tactics should be releived from the duties. BCCI should set up a meeting by including senior former cricketers, Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly along with selectors to understand the necessity of making Sachin as captain for the test format and Virat Kohli as a vice captain. And also our bowling coach needs to be changed , if possible has to bring Donald or Wasim Akram as bowling coach for Team India. Sachin and Dravid will surely retire on high note. If Dhoni had given chance to Rohith Sahrma and Abhimanyu Mithun at perth and Ojha at Adelaid the result could have been different. It may be 3-0 or 3-1 rather than 4-0.

  • m_ilind on February 2, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Dhoni should either resign quietly or just keep his mouth shut! He is not doing us a big favor by being the captain of the Indian team. Same goes to Dravid et al when they say that they would like to see youngsters come good before they retire!

  • on February 2, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Actually MSD needs a break. He seems to be fatigued. Give him a break from captaincy for sometime. Just because we dont have a suitable youngster to captain India doesnt mean you make it a burden for MSD. Morever he doesnt seem to enjoy his batting either. And to put it honestly Virendra Sehwag is no great shakes as a captain, and neither does he command a place in the side based on his sporaidic innings. instead give the reins of the side to Rahul Dravid, and have Virat Kohli as his deputy. Rahul is a good tractician, and while he provides the 'hosh' to the team, Virat Kohli with his energy will provide the 'josh'. Let MSD play without any pressure of leading the time

  • on February 2, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Dhoni is playing as wicket keeper/ batsman/ captain in IPL, CL, ODI, T20, Test, it is hurting India that its captain is so exhausted physically and mentally. it is hurting team performance and his performance.....so it better to say good bye"testcricket"

  • hhillbumper on February 1, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    so listening to all the comments has anyone admitted that they have issues and need to work on them.Unless England have said they have issues and will work on them.This just smacks of arrogance at the moment

  • IndianCrazyFan on February 1, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Come on Dhoni, you cannot give it up like this.

    These are common in game. 8-0 thrashing no problem. India never won for many years abroad. I saw years passed by never winning match abroad but finally it happened during last decade in a great way.

    Dhoni's performance will be key for success in tests. I also feel he should promote up the order somewhere 4 (Sachin wont give so once he retires) or 5 and believe a big score will turn things and with the level of energy Dhoni scores match is going to take u-turn.

    Now he comes at 7 and by the time if he starts he will see only tailenders. Now a days I see Ashwin as his key partner in most partnerships. Promotion to 3,4,5 could make a huge difference.

  • SJinUS on February 1, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    What is over is over... No point in crying over spilt milk. Can we pick the next phase Indian sides? Dhoni, Sehwag and Laxman needs to be dropped from the test side. Dravid should be retiring in the next 7 months. Sachin should be a mentor to the new look side until he retires at the end of the 2012 when Kohli will pick up to be next leader. Here goes mine.. TEST side: 1.Gambhir - C, 2.Rahane, 3.Kohli, 4.Sachin - VC, 5.Rohit, 6.Pujara, 7.Saha - WK, 8.Ojha, 9.Zaheer, 10.Praveen, 11.Yadav, 12.Ashwin, 13.Ishant, 14.Raina ONE DAY side: 1.Gambhir, 2.Sehwag - VC, 3.Kohli, 4.Sachin, 5.Yuvraj, 6.Raina, 7.Dhoni - C, 8.Ashwin, 9.Zaheer, 10.Praveen, 11.Yadav, 12.Jadeja, 13.Patel, 14 I.Pathan Twenty 20 side: 1.Gambhir, 2.Sehwag - VC, 3.Kohli, 4.Yuvraj, 5.Raina, 6.Y.Pathan, 7.Dhoni - C, 8.Ashwin, 9.Zaheer, 10.Praveen, 11.Yadav, 12.Jadeja, 13.I.Pathan, 14.Vijay

  • on February 1, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    I THINK HE CAN LEAD TEAM INDIA TO A WINNING TEAM

  • on February 1, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Seriously? I called this about a year and a half ago.. India is going to face the same problems Australia did with the loss of Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist, Warne and McGrath. Wait, that's a bowling AND batting deficiency.. No wonder we slipped down the ranks. Get over it (and Sachin;s 100th blah blah) and you might get somewhere. Let me know when you've been No1 for over 10 years (real cricket I mean, not this T20 rubbish)...

  • on February 1, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    i would like to see a rotation policy among the seniors..in home series select only any three senior players among sehwag gambhir dravid sachin laxman..give the kohlis sharmas pujaras a fair run of 15 - 20 tests..and about dhoni.. he should retire from test immediately if he is not going to play test after 2013..because india is going to south africa england newzealand and austrailia in 2014 and taking a new keeper in these tours will be disastrous.. india is having only tests in the sub continent for the next 2 years.. so it will the best time to blend in some youngsters in the team.. and i would like bcci to make kohli as the vice captain..@sanchit verma.. ishant bowled his heart out in the series and he bowled at an avg speed of 145 throughout the series and bowled at speeds over 150 many a times in this series...

  • zico123 on February 1, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    if selectors decide to take away burden of Test captaincy from Dhoni, its better to give it to Gambhir than Sehwag, Gambhir will be more thinking, intelligent, aggresive captain than conservative, careless sehwag. also given the responsibility of captaincy will bring best out of Gambhir and he will start scoring tons after tons again, just like Clarke is doing now.

  • zico123 on February 1, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Dhoni is playing as wicket keeper/ batsman/ captain in IPL, CL, ODI, T20, Test, it is hurting India that its captain is so exhausted physically and mentally. it is hurting team performance and his performance, either he has to give up wicket keeping and captaincy in IPL and CL to release some pressure from him, or he has to give up Test captaincy.

  • Universalthinker on February 1, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    You cannot have a person in Test Team just because he is captain...non-performing captain. Everyone is crying on Dravid,Sachin,Laxman or Sehwag..show me where Dhoni performed better than these people in the past one year...Dhoni may be good fit in ODI or T20...but not in Test...He cannot ask BCCI to show him the best captain than him,so that he can leave..that shows his character...So far no Indian captain made such a statement, rubbish

  • Universalthinker on February 1, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    What about Dhoni's performance as batsmen in Test cricket, he is not even scoring double digits...I think Selectors should not see only his captaincy skills they should see his keeping and batting abilities,both the recent tours he failed with bat and for last one year his avg is not more than 20

  • on February 1, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    dhoni z D bestest captain dun knw y people blamin him,,, :O he gave u wc t20 cup stop criticizin him...

  • on February 1, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @chpk78 that is the most ridiculous suggestion I have ever heard. Sachin shouldn't even be in the team! The wrong message to send to the next generation. It says that there is no one capable. Get rid of the old rot and bring in some fresh players. As for Dhoni, I think we can all be sure these days his heart is not in it. Why? Keeps losing. Poor attitude really. No passion for his national flag. Give it to someone who has the fire in the belly. Certainly not senior citizen Tendulkar.

  • chpk78 on February 1, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Make Sachin captain until he retires after Aus series in april 2013 and Make Kohli as vice captain. after 2013 Promote Kohli to captaincy

  • vasudeva1 on February 1, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Seriously, considering the IPL team that Dhoni leads and its ownership, Dhoni can say this without any fear of any loss. More importantly, his statements about seniors reek of total arrogance and blindness. Why the need to phase out the seniors when it is younger people especially the captain who needs to be shown the door ASAP. As to Kishore Kumar and Sean Paul comments, it is the Kishore Kumars who till recently have had a great record everywhere. The Sean Pauls of the Indian team and the Chief Sean Paul has had no success anywhere except in the subcontinent and sometimes in overseas T20s.

  • Hrit24 on February 1, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Dhoni was an excellent captain, no doubt about it. He had won so many series, the CB Series, the World Twenty20, the World Cup, the IPL (two times), and the Champions League T20. At home also, he is a good Test captain. But he is performances in Tests in abroad lately has been very, very ordinary. I think he still has the potential to elevate his captaincy. I still have the belief in him. And I also think we should persist with the youngsters. They might be inexperienced now, but if we give them the regular exposure, a day will come when their one of the best batsmen/bowlers in the world like the members of India's famed middle order (Sachin, Dravid, Laxman) and bowlers like Kapil and Srinath. The most promising youngsters, according to me, are Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, etc. If given the consistent exposure to top-level cricket, their time will come.

  • a1234s on February 1, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Dravid..best tactical captain?

    what about dear Ganguly? Dravid lived off Ganguly's work.

  • on February 1, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Blaming Dhoni suits the regional mongers in India. Thats it. He was being criticised even during the WC, for some of the reasons, till he actually got the runs in the finals. Even his excellent records as captains is just attributed to pure luck, none of his efforts.

  • anukrtiti on February 1, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    is dhoni afraid in overseas???

  • todomint on February 1, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    i wonder why some of you people here blame MS.Dhoni for the whitewash. each and every player in the team should be blamed . the selection committee should be blamed.

    Selection Committee should ask themselves

    Why dint we try Ojha Why did we Select Him we preferred Ashwin Jus Because ha Can Bat then Why cant we Go for a All rounder like Jadeja or give a chance to Rohit Sharma why is Rohit selected in the team why did we play the same team after consecutive loses then why do we select 16 or 17 member squad for a series we can go with 11 players we like

    Common sir so much talent is locked outside Gates Of Every State Cricket Board

  • Gupta.Ankur on February 1, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    If you are not........then why don't you own up and quit?

  • on February 1, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Honestly Dhoni had never been a test player. His performace in the overseas is always questioned. we cant let him as a captain only because he kept his head cool. His statement also indirectly pointing to all seniors to retire. The only way to not to get embarrassing next time when we go to australia is to prepare a good bouncy pitches , not for ipl .Let Rohit sharma , pujara , virat Kohli to play more and more matches. At the end of 2013 , Rohit or kohli will lead the future indian cricket

  • on February 1, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Honestly Dhoni had never been a test player. His performace in the overseas is always questioned. we cant let him as a captain only because he kept his head cool. His statement also indirectly pointing to all seniors to retire. The only way to not to get embarrassing next time when we go to australia is to prepare a good bouncy pitches , not for ipl .Let Rohit sharma , pujara , virat Kohli to play more and more matches. At the end of 2013 , Rohit or kohli will lead the future indian cricket

  • on February 1, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    I dont see that Dhoni is not willing to Lead India its just the injury and the tiredness that seems on their faces...England whitewash was injury prone...and the recent one was truly performance tiredness as well as inexperience team....But what I'll say that this all is cos of these money making tournaments like IPL and Champions league...they are making players all over the world exhausted and so is the charm of the TEST CRICKET which is going down due to all this.If players are fit and healthy there will be an intense summer where ever the team will go. I still miss my team though i m not too old but still when there used to be Champions trophy....and a intense Test matches...Save Cricket from these money minds plzzzz....Luv India

  • DINESHCC on February 1, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    If there is a right man, throw a pair of shoes on him

  • on February 1, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Time to sted down for dhoni !

  • sg05 on February 1, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    BCCI need to decrease the workload from Dhoni becoz now he s askipper in 3 format its pressure for his MIND too,then dhoni s batting style will not help in tests any more he cant stand over for long time in foreign pitches and give PARTNERSHIP to others other than in ODI s and T20 he s an teriffic player good captain

  • sg05 on February 1, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    IPL helps to win world cup but too much ipl matches(76) also 1 of the reason for test series loss,20 or 25 days with 40-50 matches is enough...now its frustrating with too much matches and coming after one year fastly.............................

  • Night-Watchman on February 1, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Contrast MSD's approach with that of an Aussie captain or an English captain. Clarke and Strauss take their job very seriously. For them, it is not what they do during and just before a series. They get involved in the strategy for the team, team selection, looking at potential youngsters and their game, coaching strategy, team by team - opposition player by opposition player approach. In short, they put test cricket up on a pedestal, letting go the easy pickings available in the IPLs of the world.

    MSD is hardly cerebral to this extent and he also lacks the time for such involvement given that non-cricket playing days are either for endorsements and shootings or living it up with his new life partner. If the author calls this "detachment", then that is the word. I would call it "attachment", attachment to things that mean most to him, test cricket is just not one of them!!

  • IndCrickFan on February 1, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Every Indian fan got frustrated by the overseas loss..but its not fair to give him disrepect...I myself was annoyed with his captaincy during the test series....but it may happen to anybody...Before pointing a finger on him, think of his achievements for India....Moreover, he has always been humble despite so many achievements...Also as a captain u can get frustrated if your bowler bowls all over the wicket...line and length was not good from Indian bowlers..except zaheer who has always beem impacable....and not only Dhoni everybody performed bad...but he took the burden on him and accepted that its due to him...which captain will do this...Why didnt senior players share the responsibilty..

  • ajayrcs on February 1, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    This is purely arrogance from Dhoni. Thats why India lossing isn't it.

  • cricketfan1968 on February 1, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Dhoni has been an excellent leader for the Indian cricket team. He has achieved on all fronts (No. 1 Test Ranking, World Cups (both ODI and T20), IPL and CL Champions) - that not even the best of Indian captains had been able to do so before him. However, the last two overseas white washes has definitely put a big dhobi mark on his track record. This may be the time to handover the Test captaincy to a junior member.

    Gautam Gambhir has the qualifications to be the next captain. He has an astute cricketing brain and has been found to be an inspirational leader whenever he has captained different teams including India in ODIs, Delhi in Ranji Trophy and again in IPL - both Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. He is a contributing member (though needs to significantly step up) of the team and is young enough to be the captain for a few years before Kohli (or whoever else) is ready for the next transition.

  • cricketfan1968 on February 1, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Dhoni has been an excellent leader for the Indian cricket team. He has achieved on all fronts (No. 1 Test Ranking, World Cups (both ODI and T20), IPL and CL Champions) - that not even the best of Indian captains had been able to do so before him. However, the last two overseas white washes has definitely put a big dhobi mark on his track record. This may be the time to handover the Test captaincy to a junior member.

    Gautam Gambhir has the qualifications to be the next captain. He has an astute cricketing brain and has been found to be an inspirational leader whenever he has captained different teams including India in ODIs, Delhi in Ranji Trophy and again in IPL - both Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. He is a contributing member (though needs to significantly step up) of the team and is young enough to be the captain for a few years before Kohli (or whoever else) is ready for the next transition.

  • subratachakrabarty on February 1, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Now, this is not going to do any good to Team India, trust me. We agree that we our team did not put a good show in just concluded test series, but this is high time Mr. Cool to understand that your career can not not defined just by two white washes. You are now more experienced and should bring all your experience into play when you face England and Aussies once again in their own backyard in future series. And series white wash was not your fault. I accept that you also could not play captain's innings in any of the test, but everyone in the team failed. So, stop blaming yourself alone for everything but it does not mean that you should not take responsibility of the poor show down.

  • Pragsl on February 1, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Dhoni need to be given a break with the test captaincy. He need to be the captain for the shorter formats. Now the question is who will be the replacement for Dhoni.... Sehwag ??? Sachin ???? Dravid ???? Zaheer ???? or the younger Gambhir ????? I would suggest for Gambhir, seeing his previous records and the fighting spirit he has.... He has performed very well under the captaincy pressure in ranji and as well as in the one day formats.... I think we can rest dhoni with captaincy pressure and give gautam an opportunity..... Lets wait and watch since the next text match we play will be only in september and that too on the indian grounds... Good opportunity for BCCI to take the risk also......

  • rohanbala on February 1, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    The Indian selectors would do well to give a long break to M.S Dhoni (who clearly looks overworked) and hand over the captaincy to a senior player as an interim arrangement. BCCI should also ensure that the players are given sufficient rest from the game by imposing restrictions on them from appearing in IPL matches.

  • WiseThought on February 1, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Its not about dhoni, he is a good captain most of the times, its about Indian bowling, there are no wicket takers, no fighters..Zaheer is not enough. So if you cannot put pressure on the opposition, you cannot win. Picking a new captain is not the answer, pick real talented bowlers, train them overseas, make specialist bowlers for overseas, do not let them play in any T20's, instead PAY them real good. Once you have a better team, you will definitely win or atleast give a fight. In this scenario, any captain can flourish.

  • Erebus26 on February 1, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Dhoni is a good player and a good captain but his performances post-World Cup have been below standard. I think he just needs a good break. It would've been beneficial for him to give the captaincy to somebody else for the limited overs games and return to India to refresh himself. I just don't think he's had any real 'time out'. As Indian captain you're under more scrutiny and pressure than any other captain in the cricketing world. Dhoni won the World Cup but then went straight into the IPL, went to the West Indies, then to England, played some ODI against England, played the West Indies at home before going to Australia. That's a lot of cricket.

  • on February 1, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Dhoni should resign fron test cricket He is not hungry or has passion for test cricket. His body language says it all what we had seen in Australia. India should adopt Australian model 3 captain 3 set of players for each format. India has enough talent pool. Away tests are the problem for India Some Indian players must be based permantly in England SA or Australia even playing club cricket in these countries this may be the answer . I don`t see problem with home tests they will be competitive but away tests very mediocre continue to lose.

  • world.cricketer on February 1, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @bigdhonifan:= dont consider IPL and CLT20 not for INDIA. and next T20 WC's not qualified to semi's in ENG and WI. @ Ravi Shekar:- he is one who want to quit tests why u people begging him. @lananad:= dont forget the matches india won also scored by star players not by dhoni a captain is as good as his team. even ricky lost 2 ashes series to eng because he was missing some key players Mcgrath,warne,lee,hayden.......

  • on February 1, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Hearing the statements of the so called "captain cool" during and after the series, it is quite clear that he has no interest in tests, and this does not apply to him only, this disease is widespread in all. The IPL and CL love is clearly being shown in his statement. Though from outwardly they say that test is the best format but these statements says it all. If our players really mean the test format is best they shouldn't have given IPL priority. In 2011 IPL also we saw how eager they were to take part in the IPL hardly two days after the 'tiring' WC. Even their hurts, their pains fades for this lucrative tournament. If there was a schedule of any tour after the WC then these same players opted for rest saying that they are tired of 2 months cricket. May they learn from Australian players like Clarke and Ponting for whom test cricket is above all.

  • mravikiran on February 1, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Bring in Sourav Ganguly. Period.

  • Soulberry on February 1, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    Dhoni is a sensible man and appears to be wiser than what he's being credited with in conversations and analyses these days.

  • moBlue on February 1, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    for those claiming MSD is the best test captain IND has ever had and is responsible for IND becoming test #1, oh, please! the only IND test captain who won my grudging respect was ganguly! he was the one responsible for IND becoming the test #1 team - not dravid, nor kumble after him, and not dhoni either! i used to hate ganguly's field settings and bowling changes and the like, but he was a fighter and instilled in his team the sense of self-belief that IND teams before - and after him - have lacked. if ganguly were captain in the last 2 series, he would have been ticked off! ...and it would have showed in the team's performance! MSD is too lackadaisical! it is good when a team is struggling to be calm, but it is not good for a "leader" to be nearly indifferent! i hated not that we lost 8 tests, but that IND went down without a whimper! *that* would have *never* happened under ganguly! so... i say that the BCCI should give the captaincy to someone like kohli who hates to lose!!!

  • on February 1, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Give him a good young team, and he will deliver. But, we should also give enough matches for the youngsters to gain confidence and exploit their full talents. Give them a long enough run. Kohli's is the best example. But we didn't do such justice to boys like Rahane or Mukund --particularly sad, since openers' performances lay the foundation on which innings are built. And not many are good openers. Don't keep it as personal fiefdom for Sehwag and Gambhir. Both Sehwag and Gambhir can be shifted to the middle. Sehwag was a middle order batsman. Gambir's technic and temperament could be dicey against new ball. But, haven't we seen him dancing down the pitch to punish the spinners with absolute command and impunity. Why can't we be flexible? And, see the results. Whether the Captain is Dhoni, Gambhir, or Raina.-- choose any, but one of the dynamic younger ones. NOT the ones waiting for retirement benefits, or irresponsible / selfish players who play for themselves

  • moBlue on February 1, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    you know what? bcci should give the test captaincy to kohli!!! he is in IND's long-term plans, and IND are going to be playing at home for a while... so, not much of a risk. yes, he is inexperienced, but the guy is a fighter, and it is obvious he hates to lose! we need someone like that to captain IND in tests. i don't know how sharp he is in terms of tactics, but dhoni wasn't great in that arena. besides, kohli is young and a darn good fielder and would bring up the fielding standards as captain. SA did something similar with graeme smith, if i remember correctly, despite having seniors (like kallis) in the team at the time... and it worked very well for them! our seniors are on our way out in any case, and sehwag did not impress me with his conservative style of captaincy... so that leaves kohli, and it is time to drop dhoni from test cricket and try other WKs in any case!

  • AvidCricFan on February 1, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    While Dhoni has achieved a lot as a captain and player, his overseas performances against good opposition have been wanting. His captainship in the last 3 test series has been average. Shewag performance with the bat has been dismal in tests outside of subcontinent for the last few years. He will not be a good choice. Raina has better temperament to be captain but he is not even in the equation.

  • on February 1, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    I think the solution to india's disastrous over sea performance would be to make all the Ranji and other domestic match piches hard and bouncy with a fair bit of grass on it. that will make the new crop of players acustomed to playing on back foot and more square of the wicket. In the mean time, we still need to prepare our regular spin friendly so called dust bowls to humiliate the visitors like they have been doing lately to us and slowly transition in more lively pitches. We have the right to make the pitches the way we like so ignore all the whining by the foreign players and foreign media till our transition is finished.

  • here2rock on January 31, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    Dhoni has too much work load as a captian in all formats. He needs a break form captaincy. I think he is better suited to ODIs and T20s. I would like to see a younger member of the team taking over the captinacy role. Shewag is not the answer.

  • Stevo_ on January 31, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Sachin should have been captain for the last 10 yrs, but he is too worried about his personal stats and records

  • Abhimanyu on January 31, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    Test series is over, and now is that time to see if our selectors have the guts to drop Dhoni, Dravid, and Laxman from test cricket or not. They can not remain short-sighted anymore after 0-8 loss oversees. They need to give give Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel, and Wriddhiman Saha more opportunities to become India's next wicket-keeper. Picking a keeper/opening batsmen like Parthiv Patel or Dinesh Karthik with any of the following players (Pujara, Badrinath, Rohit, Rahane, Manoj Tiwari) can also bring Sehwag and Gambhir down in the middle order with Virat Kohli. Also Rahul Sharma needs to be given an opportunity to make an comparison between him and Ashwin to see who is a better spinner/all-rounder.

  • bigdhonifan on January 31, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Achieved Test#1 ranking, T20 world Cup, ODI world cup, Champions League, IPL, Highest earning cricketer in the world right now. What more you need. He is a champion. respect him!!!

  • SmartStrategy on January 31, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    It's laughable when fans go up and down at the same intensity based on a few results in the game. Even the best captains like Ponting/Strauss suffer when the team do not perform well. A captain is only as good as the players in the team. Yes, Dhoni is by far one of the best captains in ODIs, and he is still improving in Test, as he admits. When the top 6 batsmen fail, bowlers are unable to bowl consistent line and length, how much a captain can achieve? More than his captaincy, I am worried about his Test batting performance. He needs to develop better techniques and work on areas which can make him a consistent batsmen at top level. I still think he can be as dangerous a batsmen like Gilchrist. He should imbibe confidence and play his natural strokes even in pressure situation as a counter-attack measure. If at all Dhoni needs to be removed from Test captaincy, it would be to lessen his severe workload (he is one of the most overused players in all forms of the game)!! Manage him well

  • VickGower on January 31, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    By the way, just went through all the comments, and have to say: it is so wonderful - so moving to see the passionate and intelligent support for Dhoni over here. Just great to see so many fans who have not let the 8-0 humiliation cloud their judgment. Just great to see so many reject the instinct to gun for the most visible and easy target. Here's a prediction: give Dhoni youth, let him get the top 6 to a point where they can get India to 350+, and then we will see what sort of a captain he can be.

  • on January 31, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    I think India's failure could be attributed to one MAIN reason: Incapable bowlers: If the bowlers can not take opposition wickets you simply CAN NOT win.

  • on January 31, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    aww..Dhoni bhai..you rock our awesome captain..so don't come to any such conclusion..we still admire you leadership...

  • NP_NY on January 31, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Less than a year ago, everyone hailed him as the greatest Indian captian ever. Two bad series later, its the exact opposite. Is he the greatest captain? I don't know. Is there a better captain or wicket-keeper in India at this moment? Definitely not. So what's all the fuss about? All this discussion proves is, how short and selective, fans' memories are.

  • on January 31, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Aww Dhoni bhai..take back your statement..u rock and should be our captain foreva :)

  • snkhan on January 31, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Definitely a change is required & definitely not the captain who brought so many laurals to the country & the team.. its so pathetic to blame this captain for the failures, truely agree that he may not be a perfect test batsmen but he definitely has the greatest cricketing brains.. remember, the best of test batsmen like Sehwag, Tendulkar, VVS & Dravid were utter flop as test captains even though their technique is so sound since they do not possess those leading skills which MSD has... finally, the changes required are to bring in the young blood who are capable to get only better than the existing lot... and the next change or rather I should say the first change needed is to change the coach who is nothing more than just a silent spectator.... Upon the stalwarts.. it is just like.. that every sunrise has a sunset... so its time for these stalwarts to hang on their boots and give space for the next lot waiting in line..

  • on January 31, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    I see the first thing Dhoni talked about is 45 day of IPL and CL something nobody outside India gives a damn about. Why didn't he say he was going to give up playing in the IPL to concentrate on improving his technique for test matches. After all Michael Clarke and most of the Australians have given this meaningless thrash a wide berth.

  • lananad on January 31, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Not Dhoni's fault. The reason is so call star players cannot score overseas. Just flat track bullies.

  • SJinUS on January 31, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Dhoni's problem is, when India lost all these Test matches overseas he was not able to perform as a batsman nor as a captain. Sorry to all his blind supporters.. the truth is he is not a Test class batsman. His terrible batting techniques were hugely exposed in overseas conditions. Modern day test matches call for a solidly performing technical batsman as wicketkeeper. India need to find better wicketkeeper batsmen than him. He reached Indian team with his power hitting techniques and he should've been kept just to that. Keep him for the shorter versions and fire him from the test squad. Sad truth is, because of him getting into the Test side as captain a lot of wicketkeepers with better batting techniques lost exposure to Test cricket. I still think it was a poor decision to make him a Test captain as his winning tests as captain were all because of the batting legends in his team.

  • Street_Hawk on January 31, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    I think they only way you can be cool about something if you did not care about that thing

  • r1m2 on January 31, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Okay this statement says it all "It is two years away, and the kind of cricket we are playing - IPL, 45 days; Champions League; and back-to-back series; lots of games." The first in the list of "lots of games" that Dhoni expects to play in the next year is IPL. Obvious IPL is dearest to his heart, and no doubt it should be, it fetches him a cool 2+ million USD for 45 days of work, and BCCI conveniently does not schedule any conflicting series during IPL, therefore he is not going to NOT play the IPL (if he's fit). Imagine if a cricketer only played Test cricket and about 10 per year, he earns $5000 per test, so how many years to 1 million?

    So, for Dhoni IPL is the biggest priority, simply because of the way BCCI has nicely laid out the schedule for him. IPL follows the Champions League and then comes the other stuff.

  • on January 31, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    MS Dhoni is the champion leader and a wonderful guy... Just because of his leadership India won T20 2007 WC, ODI 2011 WC, No.1 test rank .... what else can he do to get your appreciation Indian fans ???? THE REAL problem in test cricket for India is AGED players like tendulkar, dravid and laxman ... I'm also a fan of these trio but now time has come to say them good bye and bring in youngster under MSD leadership .... From PAKISTAN.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on January 31, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    MSD u r best suited to limited over format nd u r the best captain of limited over at present after MISBAH ( coz he is leading an average team )...In ur captaincy INDIA achieve more than what they expected...In limited Overs u r perfect leader nd world class bat 2 but in 5 day game ur batting technique is not so strong nd ur leadership quality 2...

  • on January 31, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    First and foremost Dhoni failed as a batsman..not as a captain. If india ever managed to win a test in Australia or in England, it is only because of the quality batsman we had/have (?). What the hell any captain can do about the batsman failure. Dhoni, We r with u..

  • on January 31, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    I hope all those fools slating MS are happy now. Ppl rubbishing Dhoni are so blinkered, so ungracious. They truly are a pathetic lot. For the record MS is one of India's greatest captains ever - uniquely he has captained India to T20 world cup, 50 over ODI world cup & the number one test ranking. Who else has done that? When you have been playing non stop for over a year & been flogged into the ground is it any wonder his form has dipped & he sounds fed up? The questions need to asked is where are the selectors & coach - why is no one speaking up for him, are they happy to make him a scapegoat. They are the ones who truly are gutless! And for those slating his form, they need to take their head out the sand. Dhoni's record compares favourably with other present day keepers ie Boucher, Haddin. To captain/keep wicket/bat is unforgiving hard work....Dhoni deserves a medal rather than being castigated by idiotic faiweather fans!

  • soumyas on January 31, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    He is not the "Best captain of Indian team"... he was the Captain of "best Indian team", which too failed in last 2 series and it has come to his neck.... Media has become mad...some writers have lost their mind.... we Indian fans are feeling really bad, but still carry HOPES, and we love our senior players...personally dont want to loose SACHIN & DRAVID, but LAXMAN can be given graceful exit...

  • on January 31, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Oh come on INDIA(people) this is not just an one man show particularly when comes in the form of test cricket . And moreover its people like us who don't support india when they actually need it, its not at the good times u be together and support, its the bad time when the team actually need support, and moreover the pressure applied on them,, of course this is nothing going emotional, but still its every single player's responsibility to lift the team when required as i said its test cricket. Hope we get a better result next time, and try to be with the team instead doing the same as media people doing just by finding faults from individuals.

  • Buggsy on January 31, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    I'm sorry to say to all the Dhoni supporters, but while he's an excellent player who should be in the national squad as the keeper he truly is a terrible captain. His field placings and use of bowlers are simply woeful. His attitude with the bat when the team is in trouble is near reckless. And his constant excuses after match losses leads to a person with zero accountability and zero leadership skills. His successes in the past have nothing to do with his captaincy and everything to do with individual brilliance from several key players. It's easy to look good when you're players are all in form but when the chips are down Dhoni is not the man you want leading from the front.

  • Arrow011 on January 31, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Greame Smith was made captain when he was new & at just 21 years of age. He was one of the most junior cricketers in the team. Virat is 23 & already won the u-19 world cup so he too should be considered for future. Gambhir is the best to captian now, the guy feels humiliated in a loss & always tries to win matches with his bat. I know he is very arrogant like Virat & we Indians do not like arrogant people but if he serves the purpose then what is wrong? Sachin is evergreen, he should be there always, slowly phase out VVS & Rahul. First of first Ishant Sharma should be dropped, very bad paceman who relies on luck more than effort.

  • getsetgopk on January 31, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    indian cricket management knows pretty well that indian public can be content with almost anything we throw their way a wc and they will be fine for another ten twenty years and in the mean we should be making money while ditching DRS so as to make it double hard for test cricket to breath most indian fans are one eyed in the true sense of the word today if you look at these message boards you will see most indians rather than blaming bcci for their poor performance are saying 'any team can beat england in sub continent' now if the idian public dont give a damn about their cricket why management should bother getting rid of the old war horses who just there to earn them quick buck as they are clearly not top class cricketers any more.

  • Ibanezfan on January 31, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    The thing with Dhoni is, he's too clever to ever be out of it completely. The man has one hell of a cricketing brain. Too bad it's on an extended vacation. I too want him dropped because he needs to recharge. He's best when proactive. This new passive, defensive Dhoni is terrible! Let's face facts here: if Sehwag is made captain, his ennui will infect all the players and India will get worse. His captaincy even in IPL was inept. Ditto, Adelaide. Besides, Sehwag's batting in tests has been abysmal and he doesn't merit a place in the side. I just have this nagging feeling that we haven't heard the last of Dhoni the test captain. And as an Indian fan, I do have a soft spot for Dhoni, though I'm angry as hell with his listlessness. Kohli? meh! He's no captain yet. He needs to quit whining. I don't see him commanding any respect with his silly cussing. He makes Harbhajan seem an affable guy, the same Harbhajan who slapped his India teammate. And Dhoni, please work on your batting!

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Do thy duty and expect not thy fruit is what I heard from Dhoni's words. He is practically living it (while I agree that he could have tried changed strategies after loosing the first test) in his press conferences. Why bother reading between the lines here?

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    i believe dhoni is one of the best captain in history of indian cricket. Winning a game is a team effort and we are criticizing at the end of match. I believe that will help for his future. Still he loves cricket and that to 100%. Selectors s should give him young talent to experiment as the australians do.... If the captain is the one selecting the final 11, i dont agree with dhoni's selection in Test. As we could have been experimented a lot in these 4 tests...

    As a young player kohli did well and we need to give more chances to rohit also

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Just hang up your boots and go back to being a ticket collector because you will get pension as well losing 8 tests in a row and still asking to be captain is too much all through the 4 tests in Australia the body language of the others how much support you had from the other players was evident,please go and banish yourself from cricket.

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Team India- No.1 facts: folks...it was not Dhoni at his best...infact all seniors were at their peak in the past 2 years. now time has come for the seniors....they may not wish to retire...alas, its nature's reality all cannot live for ever. Dear seniors, you have given us a lots of good memories. please leave...FOR GODS SAKE...PL GET OUT AND OPT YOURSELVES OUT and announce yourselves not to consider in future selections...instead of keeping your Values untill next september, hoping that you all will become young and grow in reverse....

  • on January 31, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni does not have to explain anything to anyone. The man has done it all: India, World Cup Winners, Champions Trophy Winners, T20 Winners, #1 Test Country, IPL Winners, with the Super Kings, and so on and so forth.

    He is still a darn good player and captain. However, I feel that of late he has been under some pressure. He needs to give to give the captaincy of the test side and concentrate on his batting. If you remember Sachin Tendulkar had to give up the captaincy to get back on track to scoring runs.

    India has slipped in the test arena. They now need to bring in more youths, replacing the older guys who have proven themselves in the past, but who now show reduced skills. In a year or two India can be at the top of the test chart again.

    Do not pressure Dhoni, he is one of the shining lights of Indian cricket.

  • Uttsbaby on January 31, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    @SFay- He also recently got man of the series against "the best team in the world" (apparently England). So how he shouldnt be captain or its easy is again beyond me...Why is everyone forgetting he took India to number 1 in tests! Remove the coach! Bring back Gary

  • usernames on January 31, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    @SFay - Actually, that would be a little naive because he has made some pretty good decisions in the past, too. It is just that when you shots are not really going right, you are criticized. Public memory is rather short.

    He has recently looked very insipid and for a captain as good as him, it is very surprising. I am sure the selectors/organization/coach have a role to play in this. We must also remember a captain is as good as a team.

    If your batsmen can't perform AND most of your bowlers spray runs, can't even bowl to a field, it isn't worthwhile doing anything because they will, one way or the other, spoil all the 'tactics' and everything you have in place. Ashwin in the first two tests, Ishant and Umesh all are guilty of being consistently inconsistent.

    He is a very good captain, IMO, and the best we currently have. Virat is too young right now. To properly groom him, make him the VC and let him play 15-20 more matches. At 30 matches, he may take over. No one else is worthy.

  • thinktank1 on January 31, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Man.. leave him alone.. He has been batting, keeping wickets, captaining side non stop for almost 3 years.. Mentally and Physically he is tired. He has got so much money in his account. He is not a freedom fighter to fight forever.. He has to take care of his health and personal life. I want him to retire from Test cricket as soon as possible.. may be in 2013. Ghambir or Raina can be the next captain. :)

  • Messyinamess on January 31, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    There is nobody in a mile's sight who could replace dhoni......sehwag is no captain material...the way he plays itself lacks responsibility...gambhir is hot headed and still seems immature...kohli is a prospective captain but that will take sometime for him to hold the reins...just because india lost and everyone played equally irresponsibly there is no need to just blame the captain of the team for this.....look back at the last few years..the many series he has won...he lifted the one day world cup...and 20-20 before that and a lot more was achieved...

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Simply playing tooooooo much cricket. sbnaik

  • MadhavY on January 31, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    there is no better man than dhoni to lead Indian team(at least in the present team), and please don't project gambeer and sehwag as future captains, they've already got a lot more than what they really deserved. If there's is one man who is young and can takeover from Dhoni it's Kohli and he needs some time and confidence to do the job.

  • cric_fan__ on January 31, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    dhoni is not good for tests... he can be a good leader only if he performs well with the bat.. he cant perform in tests and so he should retire from tests and concentrate on which he is capable of(ODI&T20)...

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    I think dhoni is best as a captain because he is calm, but he needs ome agressions also........................................from pakistan

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Frankly speaking Dhoni is the best Captain I have seen in Indian cricker after Sourav. It was unfortunate that last 2 overseas series we were whitewashed. Tell me one person who can take the captaincy from Dhoni and turn the things back to India??? I dont see any one. Atleast he took the responsibilty for loosing I dint hear a single word from SRT, VVS and RD. Dont try to think that Dhoni will do miracles with his bat in the test cricket. Afterall he is a wicket keeper still avg 37+ what else he can do. Dont compare him with Gilchrist b/c he was never a captain for Aus. Look at Sanga Even he doesnt want to be a keeper in the Test Cricket. Already he has lots of reponsibilties which he is doing his level best. In ODI he is the Best captain and best batsman too. I am re-iterating again if we strip captaincy from Dhoni it will be blessing for him to his personal landmarks but it will be a curse for Indian cricket. Dhoni will be back in VB series and I am sure IND will win.

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Dhoni is a very good captain , I am saying to every one who says no In this series not his captaincy fails ,but entire team fails in every department ,why do every one falls on him, See Even Master fails

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Dhoni has proved that he's probably not able to lead a team with too many heavy weights. Ok. Sehwag thinks that cricket ground is some jolly park, don't entrust him with any responsibility. I strongly feel that Ishant Sharma should be given a chance. After all, everything is a chance in Indian cricket now!

  • mystasaiyed on January 31, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    I have been watching indian media thrash their national team. Guys calm down. Dhoni is a great captain! Under his captaincy India won the world cup. All teams go through bad patches. This is one of them. India has a great national team. Pakistan got destroyed when the visited Australia, whitewashed in all formats and they have made a great recovery. Just let time solve these issues, one series doesn't prove anything!

  • rrasx on January 31, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Guys there is a serious problem with indian cricket - reading the artilce it shows that Dhoni comments are care free & he should rethink what he says to the media. IPL & champions league is nothing compared to Test & T20's & ODI that is being played on the international level. Indian cricket will fail on the international level if priority is given to IPL & Champions League. India will loose their fans on the international level if they continue to fail......

  • aRUNgOPI on January 31, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Please build up VIRAT as the vice "C" & give the post of "C" U remember he was the under 19 captain of winning team of worldcup

  • AncientAstronaut on January 31, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    I'm not a Dhoni fan, and I'd love to blame him for the losses, but I can't. The fact is that India couldn't bat overseas. We crossed 300 only once in eight test matches. What can Dhoni possibly do about that?

  • Pavan_2020 on January 31, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Its simple Dhoni doesnt worship the seniors like sehwag does. He has proved in more than one occasion that for him individual players dont matter - its the team that he is given, he tries to win with. But when you bring in the big names, the focus shifts so much onto them that i think it makes him uncomfortable and uninterested. what better way to get a change in the team than a string of losses? I wont be surprised if he starts winning or atleast showing a decent fight as soon as the seniors are out and it does make sense - talent counts for a bit but its the commitment on the feild and the hunger that a young player brings to the table that makes the team competitive, whether you win or loose is a different matter. what india need right now is to be competitive on the feild...

  • on January 31, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    At least DHoni unlike our other seniors has a plan in place to phase himself out!!.>> i say this with due respect to Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman

  • KelvinLTR on January 31, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    haha some people saying Sachin should be the captain :D :D :D can't stop laufin!

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Media is sick these days... I am so fed up reading these articles, that I cannot image what the players themselves must be going through....

    It almosts seems like people who have failed at everything else become media-men and women.. just pathetic

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    May be some sort of politics is going on in the team against Dhoni because in Pakistan and India this politics for captaincy is common issue !

  • Ayazkhalidcric on January 31, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Mr. Dohi luck Captain for India but in India overseas if you make captain who can lead the team with his mind and game plan then we can say yes India team has the perfect product for the perfect place. I am Pakistani fan but I feel really sorry when I saw Dravid Tendulkar and VVS playing under him brother Dravid is very strong character man what he did for India during his whole career nobody even thinks about it we all just putting pressure on him and what India got another WHITEWASH .Give him the responsibility like when you gave to Ganguly and he produced for India with his game plan not with luck. BCCI please Stop playing gamble on the Dohi captaincy please be realistic bring someone with experience and technique. ( I must say Dravid or Tundkar one of them must lead Indian team as they about to retire this the perfect time for both of them to take this team out of this situation give a good start and after year or so announce the retirement

  • m_ilind on January 31, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    This is just beating around the bushes! They need to first kick out the grand old men of Indian cricket, whether there are any suitable replacements or not! Their time is up.

  • NairUSA on January 31, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    @ JiwanOZ. Well said. Coach Duncan is one of the factors. However, India would have performed the same way with any new coach unless Gary had continued coaching India. Coach Duncan should be given at least one more year to bring the new faces to a competitive level once the seniors retire. BCCI should conduct meaningful performance evaluations for the Coach rather than showing knee jerk reactions.

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    The problem lies not with Dhoni, but with the Indian think tank. The aggressiveness was missing fully in Australia. Undoubtedly, Dhoni is the best captain India has ever produced (not forgetting the achievements of Ganguly). Dhoni has his own style of executing things. Things would have been different if India would have won the first test (I mean it, it was within reach). One thing could have done here as a good gesture from Dhoni to Cricket lovers in India, he should have come open, about the failures of India, what he feels about the failures and what is the re-building thoughts in his mind. Ageing players is not an issue here. See how Kallis won a test match for SA on his own against Srilanka. The selectors do need introspection.

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    dhoni s ne f d best captain i wud likely to say... jus coz v lost in overseas dusnt mean to gv up.. as v wer d numb 1 side last year v can stil achiv dat.. crikt s a game of lose n win anytn can hapn n d field.. aus won 4.. but dy r stil behind india in rankings,, i wud sugest dhoni to continue n cary n d vy lyk b4... dhoni can stil rock...

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Amazing honesty!! Thats what has enabled him to be as successful... Just wishing he is back to his best and India can start winning again...

  • on January 31, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    cricket is a team game. Every individual needs to perform and contribute to the cause. captain can help in steering the team but not a single individual is performing. We as cricket fan need to stand for the team and provide positive feedback to improve the quality of the game. stop the blame game

  • Skylight28 on January 31, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    We have a Test captain who is neither performing nor hungry. I agree his statements are open to interpretation and that way I choose to interpret them is that he doesn't have a clue! In every profession, you set goals for yourself. So why is Cricket any different? When applying for a job, one gets asked about his/her 4-5 year goal. Can you realistically answer: "I don't even know if I'll be alive in 4-5 years, so there is no point in planning that far ahead!" If you are applying for a high profile job (I'd say a Captain's job is akin to a C-suite corporate job) you HAVE TO have a clue about your vision for the near future. Getting philosophical like Dhoni only ensures that you do not get picked for that job! Indian administrators need to get their act together and replace this captain asap. I am not saying that he alone is responsible for the successive failures overseas, but he is certainly one of the contributing factors. And if he is neither performing nor hungry, why retain him?

  • Universalthinker on January 31, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Dhoni was never looked like test player, he is dreaming to be in team till 2013. I feel he should move out of test or else they will dump him. He complains about over cricket only during international cricket but never complaints on the actual over load IPL matches and makes TV adds

  • Sash007 on January 31, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    I think v r forgeting dhonis acheivements as d Indian captain n its too early to question his captaincy..

  • Shariq_Khan007 on January 31, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    i have not seen anybody as cool minded as Dhoni !! Its not the captaincy Team India should be worried about its their selection in both bowling and batting departments that they should be worried about... In my openion, Indians should play fresh legs in thier Aus-ENG tour games like Raina for Ghambir and Rohit Sharma for Laxman. Similarly they should keep Jadeja in for Yadav as their strenght is spin no matter where they play in India or abroad... Dravid should be used as an opener and Raina should be in at no. 3.

  • swervin on January 31, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    the fact that india lost equally badly under segwag and dhoni might logically suggest that captaincy wasn't the major problem...how do you captain someone not to get out for a duck? let me know

  • TendiyaRocks on January 31, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Anyone who had watched Dhoni captain would know that he's an utterly defensive captain who has brainfarts far too often. He's a fine ODI captain and a terrific ODI player, but sub par in tests. Doesn't take a genius to figure that out. As for stats and ranking, that's a ridiculous argument - unless you're arguing that Ponting>Border when it comes to captaincy.

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 31, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Now BCCI will parade several Ex-Indian cricketers like Gavaskar, Shastri etc..plus the Akram who will shout at the top of their voice that Dhoni is the best option available. As long as Dhoni play with CSK, and Mr. Srinivasan is the presidend of BCCI, Dhoni will lead the side irrespective of the result. Period.....

  • the_blue_android on January 31, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Sehwag as a captain? He should not be even in the team, let alone captain a test side.

  • bsanga on January 31, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Dhoni knows no is better in this team..that's why he used the word "if anyone does better", the only chance available are Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli. I think Kohli is the best option..because the future team should be 1. Rahane 2. Mukund 3. Gambhir 4. Sehwag 5. Kohli 6. Rohit Sharma / Pujara 7. Saha/Dhoni 8. Ojha/Iqbal Abdulla/Ali Murthaza 9. Umesh Yadav 10. Varun Aron 11. Zaheer/Dinda/Irfan/Praveen

  • on January 31, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    there is no other captain as MS Dhoni and d lost of test series against australia is not a matter and its not d mistake of him but its d mistake of top order and i recommend the seniors to give up the format and for yongsters a chance to b given MS rocks

  • bsanga on January 31, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    The real captaincy skills are required in Test Cricket, Dhoni lacks those skills, he is the captain of Best Indian Cricket team till now, so everyone praised him..I guess BCCI should think about giving captaincy to either Gambhir or Kohli. Kohli because let him think and take Test cricket to next gen...like Smith captained SA..give Kohli chance early in his career.

  • zuber21886 on January 31, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    One also has to look that for what he was given the ICC Test captain, if he was praised at that time, if no one questioned at that time, why now, he is the same person, a captain's real work is seen when team fields, in these series though the bowling may have been a plain one but the worst factor was the batting, in which a captain can't really help, if the batting would have clicked, no one would have questioned his captaincy, lets say one example, world cup match of Eng vs Ind, where bad bowling was exposed, India won the cup, but no one questioned his captaincy.

  • on January 31, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    arguably Dhoni has been the most successful captain for the past couple of years, saying that that applies to all 3 formats. His record in ODI and T2O is brilliant, but from the very onset he has never been the most apt captain for India. Yes ye has achieved success in Test, but never in a long form and there can be many reasons for that and one which seems to be forgotten is Gary Kirsten's role in India coaching department. I think a revamp is needed for the test squad which would signal a transitionary period which would entail some difficult results ahead but for the long terms it seems that Indian test cricket team will need to undergo major changes from captain to middle orders to bowlers. Having said that, from a Pak cricket fan, it is imperative to submit that Dhoni has been a fantastic cricket player to the overall cricket world and it would be a shame to lose him quickly hence hope him the best to return to top form because world cricket needs a strong and firing Dhoni

  • VickGower on January 31, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    What in the world is this article about? What is open to interpretation? I havent heard anything more clear. He wants to evaluate at the end of two yrs, when he will be 33, if he should give up test cricket so he can last till the world cup. Never understood in the first place why everyone went in a tizzy. He made the most logical statement. I wish our other seniors could be this transparent. Real reporting would be to dig up what Sachin, Dravid, Laxman are thinking about their future. But writing is more important than reporting here it seems.

  • on January 31, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I think he is the best possible man for the job of Indian captain i didn't see any in team india for that job better than him other than kohli but he need more time for getting test experience so he is the only man for the job.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 31, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    First of all Monga, hats off to you for saying that the best tactical captain India has had was Dravid. I always thought the same. He is, in fact, the best tactical captain by a distance. It's a shame that there was too much unrest in the team around the Greg-Ganguly fallout. Next, it doesn't matter what Dhoni thinks about his captaincy or if there is a replacement for captaincy - both the issues are immaterial. Let's say I have a tactical brain for test cricket captaincy that is way better than Dhoni but it's a known fact that I'm worse than a street cricketer. Will I be given captaincy? NO. Because, no nation, including India, is so wretched. You pick up your best possible squad/team and look for the most level-headed leader in them. Not the other way around. All this talk is after assuming that Dhoni is a captaincy material, to start with. And to think that we are wasting this much of space for a player who is not even a captaincy material is mind blowing.

  • AdnanSiddiqui on January 31, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    What I read from his statement is this - "Like it or not, I am the best option available to lead India - Go and find someone of my caliber within 1.2 billion nation" ... That's absolute arrogance an insult to nation !!!

  • Ngaraj on January 31, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Except for blaming Dhoni for not trying new strategies, it is unfair to blame him or strip him of his captaincy. Having said that, with the kind of form both batters and bowlers showed, even the other strategies might not have worked and he would have been blamed still for adopting non-conventional approach. But one person that definitely needs replacement is the coach.. he appears to be completely useless.. sry to use that strong a word. And definitely new blood has to be infused in both batting and bowling departments - of course, gradually but definitlely progressively.. Let the selectors and the BCCI do their brainstorming if they really have the brains!!

  • sixesandfours on January 31, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    BCCI - With DUNCAN FLETCHER team is disintegrating. Please find a better coach for the India team a humble and discipline man like GARY KIRSTEN.You never coach team like you are the best, coach like every moment is a learning and best possible to make the moment to overcome and succeed. Enough white washes under DUNCAN and give a break as the same team performed well consistently and not acceptable coach performance. Listen to the view points and make a bold move!!!

  • Romenevans on January 31, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @ sony_sr - Best captain? You need a reality check ASAP!

  • AjaySridharan on January 31, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    It is wrong to point all the fingers at Dhoni. The rot stems from the system that breeds incompetent, over bloated players with huge entitlement mentality. People will always do what they can get away with! The BCCI is to blame for its lack of vision and purpose, the selectors are to blame for sticking with the oldies when the young guns are raring to go, the players are to blame for not taking individual responsibility. I would have loved to see Dhoni drop Sehwag after the first two tests as an admonishment of the irresponsible shots he played at the top of the order.

  • on January 31, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @ sony_sr players reach their peak around 30. The prob is the players pushing 40!!! The legends that can't hide the pathetic bowling any more.

  • Sudhakar86 on January 31, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    It's time for India not to do changes in Indian cricket. Indians must realise that other sports are more worth watching than cricket. Already Football,Tennis has huge fan base. Soon these games as well as hockey,basket ball,volley ball could get recognition. Stop following BCCI,Bollywood n other woods as well. Time for a revolution in sports n entertainment. Let us rejoice ourselves through some other sports n entertainment stuffs.

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 31, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    How Dhoni is sure that he will continue to play till 2013. His keeping or bating does not warrant place for him in team till 2013. Anyways, BCCI will brush everything under carpet making VVS a scapegoat. Rest will continue, and Dhoni will lead the side to Sri Lanka. The corporate India invested too much in Dhoni and their business interest will force BCCI to continue with Dhoni as their arms are tied.

  • Cric_Tic on January 31, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    We in England has alws upheld Dhoni as an astute leader. No one can be same all the time.. This is all about handling pressure when things are going for you. Dhoni is mentally strong and hence will overcome this. Most problems are hyped due to the press asking pointed quetions and the present generation cricketers have seen the most of it and so dont take these to heart. There is no one to replace Dhoni for next 3 or 4 years. But having said tht, it makes sense to hav a rotation policy too in captaining sides in different format.

  • atuljain1969 on January 31, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    India loosing two series outside 4-0 in succession and Captain is blaimed for tha. Of course Captain has to take the blame, simply because :--

    1. he could not motivate the players to perform at the desired level 2. Body language was like they were not interested in fighting it out. 3. In every match lost attempt was to loose the match at the earliest opportunity and enjoy the holidays thus earned. 4. No actions taken even after repeated failures of world class players. 5. Self performance is down slide. 6. Bowlers not advised to bowl consistently in good length zone from where bowlers of opposition are taking wickets.

    Though new captain may not bring victories outside yet one need to see the talent available on this account. He can be Virat Kohli or Gambhir or anyone else who has a proven track record in domestic cricket. However I doubt our world class players would accept that

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 31, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @aizazqaisrani, Agreed that team India lacks quality players. Even if team India get Steyn or Pattinson under Dhoni, he will push all his fielders to the boundary line as soon as the opposit bastman score a couple of boundaries. In Windies he refused to chase down a target of 180 odd runs more than 60 overs. If you have got a captain with such mind set, the Team India will continue to get drubbing in all their foreign tours even if they get quality players.

  • on January 31, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    What is Misbah now. he is almost 35 and see how he is shaping the Pakistan team.

    it is nothing to take with the age, its all about the balancing the team with equal strength in all departements.

    if batsmen are failing , the what are the bowlers doing. when Patinson, Starc, Lyon etc can get Wkts in thier ealry stage of the carrier, why cant ndian bowlers get the same. once your are in playing 11 it means you have top perform. there's no place for learning thing in a match.

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    The big question not on the captaincy but his spot in the team. Frankly he does not deserve a place in the team for his keeping or batting as both are below average. Add to this, Perhaps, Dhoni is the most idiotic, unimaginative captain in test match cricket. If he is an Australian, I think he cannot even find a spot in a province team.

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    @potatis the reason Clarke does not speak like Dhoni is because he is a natural to test cricket while dhoni ISNT especially outside Asia.A lot is said about the sloppy Indian bowling and fielding.A lot of (dis)credit for this goes to dhoni's mediocre wicket keeping.He stands way behind the stumps (as does the slip cordon)and edges fall short.HJe cant stand up to the pace of even Praveen kumar.If he had done that in england matches would have been much more competitive and i havent even talked about his batting.....the overall performance of Indian side is a subset of its captain's cricket skills.just alarming why no one says dhoni is not a test PLAYER..he doesnt belong there....please publish

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir may be as new Test Team Captian, In future Virat Kohli is good choice........

  • sony_sr on January 31, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Only few weeks back IIMs were running behind him to map his brain. Now people are crying to replace him as captain. The fact is he is the best captain of all the test playing nations now. But anybody can look completely down when the team is in a losing streak. Afterall what do you expect from a team which has 7 players of age 30 or above.

  • Avi56 on January 31, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    the true test of captaincy is indeed test cricket...no other format can test your skill...i cant believe dhoni is giving up so easily on test cricket... the highest victories in tests by any captain of india is indeed ganguly who won us 21 matches till date....and we lost 13 under him....and Dhoni has won close to 17 test matches....look at where he stand...a few more match victories then he is the best captain ever... and he is giving up so fast...wrong decision by dhoni...this has opened his weakness...remember how they had axed ganguly and dravid just because they were out of form....here u are out of form in tests and we are losing...i dont think it is too difficult for the BCCi to make a tough decision... and will be sad if a good captain has to be axed

  • sridhardotk on January 31, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Selectors can take a risk and groom Virat for captaincy. Till then it's probably Dhoni. DO NOT give captaincy to Sehwag or Gambhir, both are pretty useless and speak too much ! Dhoni remains the best captain/wicket-keeper batsmen for now ! Support Dhoni ! I'd suggest making Ganguly as team coach or mentor :)

  • JiwanOZ on January 31, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    I don't understand why not much thoughts are given to the Coach's performance. It is the same captain who never lost a test series with the previous Coach (Gary) and almost the same (or arguably equivalent competence). It is the same captain who won the World cup and hailed as best captain. In my opinion, one of the most important factors (if not the only factor) is Mr DUNCAN FLETCHER. He is spoiling the team's attitude (especially Dhoni's)

  • NikhilNair on January 31, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Give Dhoni a break! In a series where the batsmen averaged in the low 20s and bowlers averaged in the 50s... only one man cannot be blamed. We had batsmen who had the capability to play classy innings... but alas, they didn't show up!

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    sachin should captaining the india till world cup ...so remaining can play to their strength...after that u can see more players on the edge of retirement ...so we can solve the conterversy in indian team...more over bcci should begin the team building by giving more chances for young player under sachin captaincy.. this because some players in indian team r nt liking the dhoni captaincy . this problem cannot be unearth for long time .....once the issues are revealed india will loose many great players.. so it is time for sachin to guide the indiam cricket team

  • India1231 on January 31, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    ITS MANAGEMENT FAULT NOT PLAYERS........MANAGEMENT WANT ONLY MONEY AND MATCH / TOUR SCHEDULE IS IMPROPER..........MANAGEMENT DON'T WORRY ON PLAYERS MENTAL OR PHYSICAL FITNESS........PLAYERS DON'T HAVE GUTS TO POINT THIS..........IN FUTURE YOU CAN SEE MANAGEMENT LEARN FROM THIS.....THEY WILL LEARN ONLY IF UPCOMING IPL IN APRIL IS A FLOP.............SO LET US SEE ONLY INTERNATIONAL CRICKET........PERHAPS VIEWERS FAULT AS WELL....SO VIEW ONLY INTERNATIONAL MATCHES .............:) EASY...............

  • Abdurrazaaq on January 31, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Removing Dhoni from captaincy will take India from bad to worse. His done a great job thus far, but cant be held responsible if his main batsmen are not performing, and Zaheer khan the only bowler knowing what his doing. Kholi will probably take over as captain but not anytime soon.

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Dhoni is one of the best captain ever in history of the indian cricket. How can we expect to win any match if neither batsmen nor bowler performed well.He won lot of series(especially T20 and ODI world cup,first position in Test status) and brought us lot of happiness till two months back.It is very sad to see blaming dhoni with these two series lost :-(

  • Stevo_ on January 31, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I wish ppl would stop saying Dogni is a good captain because he won a odi world cup, there is no actual captaining to do in a odi anymore. He is a terrible Captain and to make it worse it sounds like he diesn't care or want to try harder. India the joke of the cricketing world

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Dhoni may not be a Test material Captain. Who else is in this Indian side? Replacing Dhoni isn't an option. There is no replacement in the Indian side. Groom a Vice Captain and take things as they come in a transition.

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    I Think It is better to give chance to Youngstars then VVS Lakshman, Sehwag, Gambir. I think these 3 must replace with young blood. In Indian Sub Continent it is better to have players like Sehwag and VVS Lakshman. I personally fee that It is better to have two teams one for abroad and one for subcontinent.

  • Sano27 on January 31, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Giving the captaincy to sehwag dint make any sense......at present,Kohli is the better option.....an improved youngster who had good records as U-19 captain....none of the others are suitable!

  • Ross_Co on January 31, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    aizazqaisrani - quality players?!

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Mr dhoni is a good captain for limited over cricket,but surely he lacks cskill of tests captaincy,firstly it is highly impossibe for a wicketkeeper to b a captain as he stand ar away from the bowlers to rectify his lline and length when there is oppurtunity,but still dhoni has managed to do it with cool mind and some great luck which everyone knows ,if not where is the wiining touch he had,so i prefer a bowler should given chance for captaincy or an allrounder like our great Sir kapil dev since we dont have real allrounder so the chance defenitely goes to bowler,and my choice is none other5 zaheer khan,who with captaincy can give extra efforts,hope every one love is too.

  • harvey_dent on January 31, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Its a shame to see the dogma that has plagued Indian cricket for the longest while showing its ugly face again.its one thing for Dhoni to try to keep the issues of india cricket inhouse and his cool facade aids this. leavin lots to interpretation does not help to clarify the issues that he is facin at the moment. whether his arms are twisted by senior players, the board or there is internal rift we will never know. this is all fine, at the end of the day, results are what matters. india's cricketing structure needs reviewing simliar to the Argus review if cricket is the primary focus of stakeholders...

  • Indraneel.Kundu on January 31, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    When the leader says find another leader, then any replacement is a better choice than him. And he must be replaced immediately. The team doesn't need a leader who is not willing and thus not truly accountable. So, replace Dhoni with anyone who is willing to take responsibility and it will be a step forward.

  • ronie2602 on January 31, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    i feel dhoni is fine....if at all he has to leave then the best option is kolhi....he showed a lot of promises against aussie...and the reason is i dont have any faith in sehwag and gambhir as a captain. kolhiz aggressive nature can lift the belief in indian camp...worked well with graeme smith for SA.

  • on January 31, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Why dont go for Zaheer Khan..he is bowling well and a guarteed place in Test side

  • sahan_handunkanda on January 31, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    all know what happen with Sri lanka..we had the same issue no one there for the captaincy after Sanga left...so Dilshan was given it and he didnt perform as a captain & as well as a batsmen..so he had to resign himself..thats how it is..if there is no better(i must say the best) replacement it is better to have no changes in captaincy....best thing is to train a younger player(Kohli ) under MSD as the vice captain of India..good luck from Sri Lanka...

  • expression_less on January 31, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @ aizazqaisrani -how much more quality players you need???????for all these quality players only dhoni has got the title of captain cool.Gambhir,sehwag,sahin,dravid,laxman,zaheer were at the best of their forms which took Inida to no.1.All dhoni could manage was few runs here and there .His poor captainy and poor keeping did not come under the hammer only because all these players were playing their level best. Now that the batting unit is failing his faults are surfacing. How can you forget the stupid mistakes he made in field placings and bowling changes which let england and australia off the hook in the beginning of the respective series.The bowlers were doing a decent job but the defensive strategy of the captain rendered them harmless.

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Bye-Bye Mr:-M.S Dhoni Your Bad Time Has Came

  • therock9211 on January 31, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    This Indian team is just a shame to cricket, would BCCI hadn't bought the World cup 2010 for them, Dhoni wouldn't had that little contented look at he has... shame on ICC.. shame on Haroon Logart... shame on BCCI.... England and Australia series had really exposed them wat they deserve...

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    As long as N. Srinivasan runs the affairs of BCCI Dhoni will be the captain!!!!

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Really their is no replacement for Dhoni but i think their is replacement for team India coach...if not replacement then why not make Sourav Ganguly as mentor....anyways i am with my team India always....

  • KANCHANA623 on January 31, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Harbajan should be brought back to the squad and appointed as the captain. Kholi should be trained as next captain. Ipl should be banned. Yuvi should be the odi captain.

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    If he really wants to quit one format, he can quit the IPL, and he can do it now. Not going to happen right? IPL is the real cricket, of course.

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on January 31, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    THE MAN WHO HAVE WON AS CAPTAIN.....T-20 WORLD CUP......ODI WORLD CUP.......IPL CHAMPIONSHIP.........CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.........NO.1 RANKING IN TEST....!!!!!!!!....IS THERE ANYTHING LEFT FOR HIM TO PROVE HIS LEADERSHIP QUALITIES......CRICKET LOVERS...READ BETWEEN THE LINES OF HIS STATEMENTS......THE MAN IS TIRED/STRESSED/BURNT-OUT/FATIGUED ..... THE GENESIS---INSTEAD OF A WELL DESERVED REST, DIDN'T THE GLADIATORS HAD TO DO IPL DUTY IN-SPITE OF CARRYING INJURIES.....THE STATEMENT IS FOR BCCI ADMINISTRATORS THAT THIS NON-STOP T-20/ODI CIRCUS IS AFFECTING EVERYONE....8--0 IN ENG. & AUS. .....BUT THE PLAYERS DON'T HAVE THE GUTS TO OPPOSE THIS OPENLY.......IF SUCH A PHYSICALLY STRONG & COOL PERSON AS DHONI CAN GET AFFECTED...DO YOU THINK ANY OTHER MORTAL CAN SURVIVE THE INDIAN CAPTAINCY FOR MORE THAN 2 YEARS.....INCLUDING THE COACH.......INDIANS BE PREPARED FOR MEDIOCRITY.....

  • zapeta on January 31, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Dhoni has done everything to Indian Cricket T20 WC, No.1 test side, 2011 WC, but Its time for Virat Kohli to step in and take responsibility. Virat will play the next wordlcup for sure and already lead the U-19 Team to Victory...Virat will be Graeme smith for India

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    the problem is dhoni have the team is nt prforming its nt his fault, ok his own fom is nt too gd bt othr playrs hav to stnd and play as a team umais frm Pakistan

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Virat Kohli to be made as captain... He deserves it and I am confident on him. He is young and with Seniors advice he can become an excellent captain... He looks childish, but he can be given a chance... Cheers.

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Well said @Abdul Wahab, @Kashif Ashraf Indian fans are Fickle.. Thanks for supporting Dhoni from pakistan.. Win or Lose, Dhoni still the best..

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    We need to get some perspective here. The "critics" and "experts" can say all they want about the captaincy (admittedly, it has been less than good in the last series or two). But who exactly would ANY captain have led in this Indian team - a batting that cannot get more than 250 in an inning? A bowling attack that can easliy go through an entire day without a wicket? Unless someone knows of a magic wand that the skipper can wave and fix these basic things, lets not talk about captaincy. Monga says "people who wanted to see a sign didn't get to see one". These "people" should first see the signs that are already there - a has-been batting line-up and a wannabe bolwing attack.

  • Suresh_hisar on January 31, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Why we are cry so loudly.... everyone loose ... its a part of game; Even number one spot holder English out on only 72.. they (Austrlia) are playing on their grounds, so they have upper hand

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    i think it was a well justified answer given by dhoni !! For of now captaincy is not a big issue for India !! If d whole team is failing because of batsmen and bowlers failure ........nothing much to do with captaincy !! but der should be a motivational leader and a tactician to take risks and vital decisions for leading the team from front !!! MSD has already proved his mettle and character in d past !! his batting average in ODIS as a captain and his test captaincy record as a test captain b4r loss of 8 tests shows dat he is well suited for captaincy boots....!!! but its d serious time to groom a new budding team with potential players like rohit, manoj and rahane .....it is also d critical time to make a successor for MSD ....so dat he wil be given enough time to get groomed under Dhoni...i think virat kohli is well siuted for dis role since he is getting sum gud runs and had an experience as a captain in under 19 !!

  • Bytheway on January 31, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    After winning the World Cup, Tendulkar said that Dhoni was the best captain India ever had. The Border Gavaskar Trophy was lost because of a mass and persistent failure of the Indian batsmen. No captain can overcome this with strategy.

  • AnkTheHunk on January 31, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Just as Michael Clarke started as a youngster for Australia...there is Kohli a fighting, aggressive ready to take them on with a vision and great skills. A future leader, however the burden of captaincy has clearly taken the best of tolls on all including Sachin, Dhoni, Ponting, Lara, Gayle & any other. Perhaps it's a better opportunity for a bowler rather than batsman to be captain. Kumble in his short span was a great captain!

  • on January 31, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Well it is not about just Captain alone it is a total failure not just captain or few players. what is the mandate to selectors and what is the brief given to them by board, then why quotes in selection still ruling in cricket, does the current team a team which the Captain wanted, what is the role the old folks are playing in team composition and results.

    I am 100% sure knowing Dhoni for past few years given a chance he would have dropped some players out of current team India but Selectors and Board are not allowing him to do that and even the power of these senior players so much they never allowed blooding of new players and now we are at the stage where we cannot throw them out because common excuse no replacements for all.

    But I still feel it is better to loose with younger lot then to hide behind this excuse and not give chance to young and new players, Young players will loose initially but over the years they will turn India into a power house once again.

  • Buggsy on January 31, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    I think it's fair to say that Dhoni is India's best choice right now, but that's not saying much really. Time to start grooming Kholi, I'd love to see what he's capable of. He's an aggressive player who doesn't take crap and (current attitude aside) leads by example; just what India needs.

  • symsun on January 31, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    There is no one better than Dhoni to lead India in tests. He just need to be as pro-active as in other formats. He need to enforce the senior players to play on different positions or drop them for matches as needed. He does not have the same flexibility with the senior players in the test team. If we score decent enough score in every innings, then our bowlers will fight it out as we did in the past decades. Surely our bowling unit is better than in the last decade.

  • on January 31, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    WE ALL AGREED DHONY GOOD NOT BEST HE HAS WON WORLD CUP BECAUSE PLAYED INDIA IF OUTSIDE QUSTION MARK RAMAN PANCHOLI.

  • on January 31, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    I dont think we have a better captain than dhoni, with all due respect to sehwag he is nto as good at reading the game as sehwag,

    I do have problem with dhoni- wicket keeper and batsman in tests , his standards have dropped awfully.

  • SasiGladi on January 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    I have full confidence on Dhoni, he has faced steep rise and now a sudden fall it never happened to any world cup winning captain....for sure he will bounce back, it is clearly evident Dhoni is the hot selling cake for media now so they are making count on it.....Dont worry Dhoni u will have your good times soon.....

  • parthaacs on January 31, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    gambhir for captaincy? people must be kidding themselves... first let him prove that he can score some runs outside india then we can talk about him being captain? what has he done in the 8 away matches against Eng and Aus? nothing... even the new chap mukund was showing the temperment to stay in the crease in england and he did better than gambhir...

  • shadabkhankhan on January 31, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    what selectors are doing? they don't have any transition plan. are they enough professional to make a transition plan? we all know that this thing will happen sachin, dravid and laxman can't play for whole life. Dhoni is the best captaincy material. from starting the career sehwag has his own way of playing? if we a common peoples knew this , How the selectors don't know all this stuff, please appoint some professional[ may be not from cricket backgroud] for making a proper transition plans. we can't drop all this three at the same time otherwise situation will be worst. Please BCCI do something in process, may be it will take time.... but make the situation more professional.

  • on January 31, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    MS Dhoni: "I can't play till 2014 and say I am not fit enough to survive till the next World Cup"

    Even he is not fit enough in 2014,He will play IPL if it lasts till 2024

  • usernames on January 31, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @Sanchit -- Wrong! He did touch 148-150 more than once in Australia, in Melbourne. It isn't that he isn't trying, he is simply not good enough, right now, for international cricket. Needs to go back to domestic and sort his line/length.

    Most of the team, it seems, isn't motivated and thus, it would be wrong to put all the blame on Dhoni. He has contributed to the problem, yes, with his insipid captaincy and less-than-average batting however, he isn't the problem. Dropping him or retaining him (or any other person) isn't going to change anything.

    It's not the personnel, it's the system. There has been no foresight, no long term goals in Indian cricket for a long, long time. Players have emerged in spite of the so-called-system, not because of it.

  • on January 31, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Playing Test cricket need lot of stamina.. courage .. hardword.. dedication and lot of commitment and concentration..

    Why you need all this if one makes money in IPL ,. ofcoz players lose interest in Test cricket..you cannot blame dhoni on fall of indian test cricket..

    Think...the root cause is IPL..

    True fans of Cricket like Test Cricket.. if people wanna see india flourish in TEST.. Ignore IPL.. Ignore IPL..Ignore IPL..

    Dont even follow the score of IPL..

  • on January 31, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    well i think he is spoiled by the media following + with all the earning of the ipl y wud he even bother to play test crickey !! sae goes with sehwag and raina !!!!! too much of ipl fame and price hsas dented their concentration in playing test cricket !! still india needs dhoni and not a captain like sehwag who will put his hands in his pocket and roam around the ground thinking that we will lose no matter what i do !! or replace him with kohli !!

  • on January 31, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Would Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher survive to lose another day if their manager was Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson?

  • on January 31, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Dhoni has indicated that there should be managed plan for players who can perform to their potential, rather then just playing cricket without proper vision. As far as the Catainacy issue is concerned there two candidates that BCCI should consider, one is Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli as his deputy. So that Virat can understudy and be ready to take over reins when the correct time comes.

  • on January 31, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Make Virat Kohli as captain... It sounds silly but he deserves it... He looks bit childish, which you observed with Dhoni too while he took over the captaincy... He cut his hair etc., after that only... KOHLI must be made as captain... He is hungry in showing results... Cheers..UrV

  • ksgcha on January 31, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    To my above post, I would like to add: Make Sewag/Gambhir the captain and Kohli the VC, Kohli is a very sincere cricketer and had led Indian junior team well enough, so by the time Sewag/Gambhir retires or fails, he will be ready to take up the baton.

  • cric_freak88 on January 31, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    he;s 30 and he;s talking as if he;s 38

  • anuAddict on January 31, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    It does not matter whether going is good or bad for captaincy. What matters is whether the attributes of captaincy have waned or not- motivating players, trying something different, changing styles based on situation, having plan and ideas on how to get rid of batsmen, effort to execute the plans. In all these aspects Duncan Fletcher and Dhoni (the D team) has scored a D out A, B,C,D,E (E stands for can't get any worse and A excellent, B good, C fair, D poor). They failed to do basic things like changing order, rotate batsmen to try talent in the wings. In such scenarios, it is unlikely that anyone at that level can manage worse to begin with. My vote, jump at this offer and get rid of both of them immediately. Get a new captain, coach for tests. If it does not work, fine, at least we are not guilty of trying something new when things did not work.

  • ksgcha on January 31, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    I think the only and most important reason to relieve Mr. Dhoni from his charge is his reluctance of playing test cricket...team has failed under him miserably and not only in 8 tests but also in 4 ODIs in England...but still the very reason that he led India to winning the WC should be enough that he continue as ODI skipper that is if he finds his own form there, otherwise he should be removed from there also and can lead only Chennai Superkings....the whole of India's current test squad needs a huge change under a new captain and while Dhoni can still be a part of the playing XI in Tests, he can play as a batsman alone and Saha can very well do the WK job quite ably...guys, I am posting a POSSIBLE FUTURE team, pls comment what do you all think of it......Jaffer/Mukund and Gambhir as openers, Kohli, Rohit Sharma/Manoj Tiwary, Sehwag (as middle order batsman), Dhoni, Saha (as WK), Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh.....the standby bowlers being Umesh Yadav, Ojha, Dinda

  • on January 31, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    its all over for you bro.. atleast for test please be a side... cheers

  • Uttsbaby on January 31, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    He led India to number 1 in tests and the world cup. Him and Ganguly have been 2 of the best captains of India. Just as you all say give someone 20 tests to prove they're actually good, then give him 20 to prove he's bad. Its sad to see how quickly fans pounce on their heroes once they have a few bad games. Form is temporary, class is permanent.

  • Potatis on January 31, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    I'm pleased Michael Clarke doesn't talk like Dhoni, or any other Australian captain in the past. It would be unthinkable that Steve Waugh would talk like this. Dhoni doesn't seem to care about anything, not even his own job. He isn't assertive at all, so wishy washy. I take him as "Might do this, might not, you decide what I mean, my body will be too weak in 2014, but not in 2013. If someone's better at being captain, give the job to them, I don't care.". He doesn't speak with strength and authority, no spirited words of determination and resolve. Why doesn't he speak with words of inspiration for the team and fans that indicate fresh approach to winning. He sounds so weak, I can't imagine why his players would respect him. Some fans love him because he lead India to the World Cup, but that's the past. Look at him now, he's different, and India are losing, and Dhoni isn't not speaking like a leader. Not a strong one anyway.

  • satish619chandar on January 31, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    If at all a new captain needed and it should not be Sehwag.. No way.. He is never a reliable option when things are not going according to the plan.. Virat's temperament and Ashwin's handling of press were not upto the mark.. Gauti in same league as Viru but he need to be more careful in fishing outside off and making count of the starts he get.. Dhoni can really take break from test for sometime and Gauti need to be made the captain.. Just thinking out of block, i would rather bring in Akash Chopra as captain and have a young team under him.. His commitment and calmness might be the thing needed at this time of crisis.. Play him at 3..

  • on January 31, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Rite now there is no other better person to lead India...Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli are the only one left who would play for next 4-5 yrs but they dont look to lead the side... So dont keep on arguing...

  • Baber_Baloch on January 31, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    I am from Pakistan.....if there lion in team india that is just dhoni..first give him some quality player then see about dhoni.He is the man who perform in england in every match ...he done in world cup he suach a player,,,good finsher ,,,,good keper..there no better than dhoni as captain. i have best wishes for dhoni

  • Afzal.Mak on January 31, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Nothing to say much about MS Dhoni leadership, only want to say " MSD : A Born Leader ".

  • serious-am-i on January 31, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Dhoni is still the best in ODI and probably T20's as well. No one can dare to mistake him with these 2. But in tests Dhoni looks too tired for me. It will be best for Dhoni if he gives up test captaincy to probably Kohli or bring Rohit Sharma as a captain as all others are either old or place in sure in the squad.

  • on January 31, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Dhoni is intelligent guy unlike some old brains (tedu,lax,dra ,zaheer etc)in indian team who jus nt ready to realize there time to play international cricket had ended ...may be dhoni quite rightly realized the problem of indian cricket and thinks that its better to resighn than to see more humiliation which is the fate in present scenario as i cant see indian cricket team performing in near future ...thinks defo needs loads of changin

  • on January 31, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Recall Bhajji and Raina Give them Captain & vice captain job.They will do Better & Better.

  • kabe_ag7 on January 31, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I don't think he is resigned to lose the captaincy. But yes, he won't fight if it is taken away. I think he is too simple a man and untouched of politics to fight BCCI or anyone for his captaincy. And he knows that he himself was made a captain when nobody was sure he could lead India. So he is not challenging the board to find a better replacement. He is just saying that he will move if the board choose a replacement, which I think is a pretty simple statement that has to be interpreted simply.

  • Afzal.Mak on January 31, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Nothing to say much About MS Dhoni Leadership, only want to say : "MSD : A Born Leader". From Pakistan

  • on January 31, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    we hav to play 45 days in IPL. its not mandatory if u really care about Indian cricket on international level. one side u r giving statemnmt that u care for India in between a series where team is morally down. nd at the same time u r talking about IPL games. next candidate for captain is sehwag we can give him a chance as the best contender for this job is struggling i.e gambhir. if he performs well in ODIs we can take a chance. dhoni in test matches has struggled both as a captain nd as a player. saha luked good wid his technique so.....give another chance to dhoni to prove himself in test match as a player if he doesn't perfrom replace him.

  • Trident on January 31, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    do anyone have this much guts to speak openly ?? thats why he is a champ

  • nikhiljam on January 31, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    MR. Dhoni Please dont beat around the bush! tell us you jus want to play IPL & only shorter formats. Test cricket is the real form of cricket. jus because you are not successful you want to avoid it

  • yoogi on January 31, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Frankly there is no better replacement as of now. As a wicket keeper batsman even at test level, he is a lot better than most. Dinesh Karthik can challenge his place in test side as a batsman. As a captain, no one is as assured of his place as Dhoni. Gambhir, Yuvi, Sehwag everyone has got problems abroad just as well as Dhoni. I say bring a under 25 team inside india and give rest to all guys above 25. They wont loose indside India and we might get a captain like Holliak.

  • spinkingKK on January 31, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Gambir seems to have some visions. May be he is the right candidate at the moment. The problem is both Gambhir and Dhoni are not assured of a spot in the team based on their performances. In any case, we should have some big changes after this debacle. Possible captaincy candidates are: Gambhir, Sehwag, Harbhajan, Zaheer Khan. Eventhough Gambhir struggled in the series, at least his committment was there and you can see that he was trying his best to get some score. He also seems to talk alright. My vote is for Gambhir to become the captian.

  • varun2385 on January 31, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    With regards to the above article, the irony of indian cricket team is that we have to continue with dhoni as a captain for time being, cause as of now there is noobdy in who is capable enough of leading the team, as most of the senior batsmen are near there retirement and Viru and gauti are not in there prime form, and our bowler's are all new entrants. At, this present moment there is no suitable replacement, and to be frank MSD himself doesn't fit into the playing XI in test.

  • aizazqaisrani on January 31, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    i dont understand why there is a need to replace dhoni??? first give him some quality players then blame him!!!!

  • on January 31, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Yes. BCCI would find it hard to get a better man (as of now ). Let us also not forget, the Captain is only just as good as the team. And, is also one among many who hold the strings -- senior players with their personal preferences, BCCI officials who are cunning enough to push their ideas in a clandestine fashion, coaching staff who look for a place exciting enough to spend their retirement," journalistic" double agents (or is it triple/ multiple agents) who covertly plays the role of ardent fans with their preferences, experts, media lackeys, and secret agents of the establishment. Uneasy lies the head of a Captain of Indian national cricket team. To complicate the matter Dhony is also an employee of a man who doubles up as a cricket-businessman (who wants his ROI -Return on Investment) and the cricket-czar. I pity Dhoni. Or, anyone else who may take up that role.

  • cricfanraj on January 31, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Any given day Dhoni is much better captain than Sehwag. But he need to clean up his mental blocks a bit. Once he is out of the defensive attitude he will the best again.

  • on January 31, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    i want to know Sachin,Dravid,Laxman are FIT now?

  • SanjivAwesome on January 31, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Dhoni, goodbye. There are movie roles waiting for you in Bollywood and TV channels. Let a real man play cricket for India and lead India into winning ways.

  • on January 31, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    i hate to see how they are tryin to bring dhoni down,this politics never allow sub-continent teans to remain good over a long period of time,best wishes dhoni from Pakistan

  • on January 31, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    A man who bring the Second World Cup ever to India now fully disappointed to Indian Fans..... I think He is not deserve that... I am from Pakistan.... and I believe that The way he lead India in crises no one can ever did that....

  • Shan16966 on January 31, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Don't blame Dhoni! Everyone including the board has to take responsibility. Face it! you give the guy a star studded team ON PAPER, but look at the players closely! not only the runs they make and the wickets they take but the whole body language in general. The moment India was on the park in Australia, you could have felt none of them enjoyed being there because they weren't sure of being prepared enough. I don't think Dhoni's approach to the whole captaincy thing is a bad idea. After all it is only a game and as professional cricketers, you are supposed to leave whatever was said or done on the park, ON THE PARK. As far as his statements go, it's a "one size fits all".

  • DingDong420 on January 31, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    I don't have any problems with his comments, i think he speaks sense!

  • on January 31, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    I don't have a say in selection: Dhoni lashes out at BCCI I ask for certain players, send it in writing to the selectors and when the squad is announced their names are missing," said Dhoni. see this for full report http://goo.gl/YILeR

  • on January 31, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    is he daring the powers to find a man better suited to the job because there isn't anybody in sight at the moment?.... Exactly............................

  • bondbonddb on January 31, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni, You are unfit for test cricket. U never performed well as captain in test cricket. Its right time for BCCI to replace him(better remove him from test cricket). Bring yougusters like badarinath, wasif jafar, rohit sharma,irfan pathan. Give them some time and they will play and build the team. If the same team is under performing in overseas worse than bangladesh, then there is no need to take tendulkar, dravid, VVS. Just look at virat kohli, even though its his first assignment overseas, but he performed well. Players are giving more importance to IPL, because of this they are performing test cricket.

  • karthik666 on January 31, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    I am sure all the anti Dhoni ppl will find faults even in this interview of MSD

  • on January 31, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Loved the last one "is he daring the powers to find a man better suited to the job because there isn't anybody in sight at the moment?"

    I think it is true..the team has failed collectively that if you have to replace someone it has to be the whole team..and regarding giving captaincy to youngsters, i feel the only possible option would be to give to kohli who has played less than 5 tests and is too childish for the job

  • veerang on January 31, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    I think dhoni is traing to say that 'i m only 30 yr old and planing for my retirment but the people aproching 40 have not started to think about that yet'.

  • on January 31, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Wah... Dhoni should be appreciated for his spontaneous dialogues. Truly he has got more talent than cricket. He can write short stories, novels, scriptwriter etc etc.. Anyways, your not fit for TEST cricket and India needs you only for ODI & T20s. More than that, Mr.Srinivasan needs you for Chennai Super Kings.

  • Abhimanyu on January 31, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Well, it doesn't matter whatever he is trying to say, nobody cares at the moment. Selectors need to do what they are being paid for and they certainly need to drop Dhoni form test cricket and give Dinesh Karthik, Pattiv Patel, and Wriddhiman Saha more opportunity to take his place.

  • sandeepknk on January 31, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Shameless Dhoni you resign first the talk.you r a crooked man everybody now knows that,thats why you talking like this.Only in Indian cricket we can see selfish players like sachin,dhoni etc.now in ODI jedeja or Rohit should not be in the playing 11 because of old and aged sachin.BCCI wants his 100 ton,not Indian victory.sachin you dont feel shame when come to crease,kept rohit,uthappa,usaf pathan outside?

  • palla.avinash on January 31, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Give it to gambir,he is better captain than dhoni.he proved against new zealand where he won the team 5-0 more convincingly without any big players like sachin,sehwag,dhoni ,yuvi and zak.let us see how dhoni will play under gambir captaincy from 2012 to 2013 and if shows interest he should be able get runs in all formats why only one either he should accept his place to better wicket keeper saha.

  • chapathishot on January 31, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    "It's not an individual who decides whether he is good enough or not. It's others who decide if you are good enough or not"It is a challenge made to the selectors to replace the non performers including Laxman,Sachin , Dravid and himself.Reading it with Dravid's comments it sounds perfect also.

  • Alexk400 on January 31, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    One thing about dhoni he did n't take risk , he did n't blame anyone. With sehwag everything open there by he invites critcism if he fails. we all know he fails more than dhoni. Dhoni is still greatest captain , it is just that players under him stopped playing especially sehwag. I think sehwag do not want dhoni to win , even he himslef could n't change the last test. Indian bowlers are not good enough in bowler friendly condition. Selectors are idiots when pitch is swinging , india should have taken 4 swing bowlers. I think it was selectors and bcci mistake. A captain is as good as players he have an d that is the bottom line. Indian bowlers were not good enough in bowler friendly conditions. Period. Eat that.

  • anver777 on January 31, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Dhoni is good only in home matches... that's bc of little bit of luck & the crowd support. otherwise he's a zero leader who struggles big time when playing outside Ind !!!!!!

  • ramli on January 31, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    The disagreement in the team .. is all there to be seen ... Dhoni says that seniors will be phased out ... Sehwag says no retirements ... one can sense that Indian test team will go in opposite directions if either of them were given future captaincy ... if Dhoni continues as captain .. we can expect blooding of youngsters soon .. if sehwag gets the captaincy ... we can see the retirements of many a youngster before the seniors do so ... May wise counsel prevail among selectors ... and some bold decisions taken ..

  • johnathonjosephs on January 31, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Limited overs cricket requires no captaincy. You bring in the field during powerplays and spread them out to the bowler's liking in other times. In Tests, you have to really use a captaincy brain

  • ARad on January 31, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Here are a few more questions that could be added to the list of questions at the end of this piece: DO WE WANT TO READ MORE INTO REASONABLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD STATEMENTS OFFERED BY DHONI? OR - and this is not unfair - SHOULD WE DO WHAT JOURNALISTS ARE SUPPOSED TO DO AND TRY TO CREATE A CONTROVERSY WHERE THERE MAYBE NONE?

  • MuhammadIqbal on January 31, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    He is good cricket but must give chance to other player to captain n test cricket.It is better for his future in test cricket.

  • vishwanath.sreeraman on January 31, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    well done cricinfo for giving the article an Aaj Tak style headline. in the article Dhoni says " if there is a better man to do the job, then he should be given the job". and he's said a lot more before and after this statement that suggests that it is not a dare but an honest assessment on how he sees the role of captaincy; and yet cricinfo wants the readers to interpret it as dhoni's dare to bcci:"If there is a better man, give him the job"...well done cricinfo, anything to bringing a few extra clicks i guess

  • ramli on January 31, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Oh..Oh... why all this fuss Sid Monga ... I think .. Dhoni knows that he cannot play all three formats if he is to survive until next world cup ... he even knows that he cannot play as a batsman (or even wicket keeper) in this test team if he is not the captain ... he has given ample hints to selectors for choosing a younger player as his tutelage to emerge as future test captain ... or .. drop him entirely from test team and grapple with new captain(s) and problems ...

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    From a Captaincy point of view, Dhoni may still be the best but the question is whether he deserves a place in a Test team or he should be one of the choices and there has to be freedom for selecting the WK from the available lot. But with Dhoni as Captain, this choice is getting very much restricted and even can become a demotivating factor to other purist type WK-Batsman. Therefore, as far as Tests are concerned, let Dhoni be one of the choices for WK and either Virat Kohli or Gambhir takeover the Captaincy. Dhoni and India will be much better off with him captaining one day and T20 Games. As far Rahul, Sachin and VVS are concerned, they are still the best when it comes to playing real good bowling on helpful conditions and I hope, they can be requested to associate in advisory capacity for few more years with the Team with full time presence along with them

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    he lacks self belief when it comes to test cricket..it is evident that he wants to play safe game...he is mentioning 2013...whom he want to fool...he knows that there are no matches abroad till then..so he wants to be in team till before south africa tour...it is better to give more chances to saha right now prepare for SA tour

  • v_singh on January 31, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Dhoni has been a good captain (won us two world cups - a T20 one and a 50-over one). There was an article some time back (when the Indian were winning) praising Dhoni as he was able to take together a talented team with mediocre bowlers and good batsmen and make them deliver. The article talked about how good Dhoni was at managing people and making sound cricketing moves. What happened in Aus and Eng are relatively simple : a captain cannot perform IF the teams opening pair are struggling, bowlers are mediocre (Ishant unlucky - u must be kidding) and aging men refuse to bend to hold on to catches or dive during fielding.. So, I feel, this anger on various forums against Dhoni is a little misplaced. Also, talks about IPL affecting players performance is like going a little too far [many int. players seem to be doing fine in tests and playing IPL as well]..

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Surprised to see that Rahul dravid being termed as the best tactical captain of India!. Dhoni was instrumental in removing Sourav Ganguly from the test squad even when Ganguly was in full flow. Dhoni's arrogance is solely responsible for his own downfall. He has come in an era when there was no fiery bowlers like walsh, ambrose, bishop, mc grathh, gillespie, gough, donald, wasim akram, waqar etc...He is an ordinary captain who was plainly lucky enough to captain the best indian side and an even more ordinary batsman.

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Dhoni is the best captain India has had in the shorter form of the game, and one of the reasons is because he gets to experiment the No 3 to No 6 position very well, in tests he comes short because the golden quadilateral (sehwag, sachin, dravid and Laxman) are still beyond his stature to touch. There is very little a captain could do if he bats No 7 , has all spray bowlers and ageing batsman. If India is serious about Test Cricket, they must drop Dhoni from T20, and get a new player to Lead T20, maybe a Kohli. And remove all the seniors from Tests and give a new side to Dhoni to rebuild and that means removing the golden quartlet along with Zaheer Khan. The results cannot be worser than 8 test loses and 6 tests with an innings defeat. Newer ideas from the leader need fresh listeners ,else the leader is a spent force, as shown by the once energetic captain of India.

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    This is a really sad piece of journalism I have seen from our media. These overseas whitewashes are disappointing and embarrassing but we never questioned these men's integrity when they lifted the World Cup for us. There has been so much disappointment after that but to be so low so as to question their intentions is not right. If we have seen Ganguly do it, we needn't believe that Dhoni will too. I believe Dhoni may lack tactically on field in Tests but I refuse to believe that he is not the right man to lead this team. When the times were good, we hailed him. It is extremely typical of us that when the chips are down, we're demolishing them inch by inch. Believing in stories of clashing egos and rifts inside the dressing room. These are difficult times and I may not have even an iota of belief in BCCI but I believe supremely that the 11 who play in the name of the country have anything but the firm desire to conquer the opponent. We need to change things but also back these players!

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    i think MS is saying right thing

  • Rahulbose on January 31, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Well this shows lack of ambition and mental fatigue. It can happen to the best, and you can't blame Dhoni for felling like this after being on the treadmill for so long. Any test Captain has to take personal responsibility, and in the current climate probably has to sacrifice some of the T20 riches to focus on test matches. Dhoni clearly is not willing to do that.

  • rkannancrown on January 31, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Why does Monga think Dravid was the best tactical Captain India has had ? Dravid inherited a fairly good team & was extremely defensive, much like Dhoni. He spent too little time as a captain to be properly judged.

  • Agnihothra on January 31, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    "is he daring the powers to find a man better suited to the job because there isn't anybody in sight at the moment?" That seems to be CricINFO;s interpretation as well if you go by the headline...

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 31, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    12 months ago I would have said to give the captaincy to Gambhir, but his place is no longer cemented in the team. Right now the only option is Virat Kohli. I know he is only 23 but look at what Graeme Smith did for South Africa when he became captain at 22. Dhoni needs to give up the captaincy in the immediate future because his batting is suffering because of it and Kohli does seem the only answer. Ross Taylor first captained NZ at 25 and has done wonders for this current team - and his personal performance has risen as well. I think the same thing will happen to Kohli because with greater responsibility comes greater expectation and Kohli seems the dort of guy to thrive under such circumstances.

  • world.cricketer on January 31, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    what is happening in team we don't understand . why he is talking about future, keep playing if u r selected, u should prove on field not with interviews. media will hype u if u perform and will criticize if u don't simple.

  • sacnit11 on January 31, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Look , how dhoni is giving preference to IPL and CL Matches. He is not sure about his fitness because of IPL and CL. Why cant we have less number of matches in IPL. Look at the wat Big Bash league, 7 matches per team. Why in IPL, we have two matches btw same teams... Give some break to fans, "A human being cannot eat more sweets @ once, so if there is lot of cricket, then the fans coming into stadium will reduce. BCCI already faced this situation in India - England and India - WI series. Ball is in BCCI court, they should decide which is best.. You guys make money only if people watch, if not u play for urself.. Every INDIAN will think about this nd one fine day, there is will be no one comes to stadium even if you guys distribute the ticket for free of cost..

  • rahulcricket007 on January 31, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    DHONI IF YOU WANT TO QUIT TEST CRICKET THEN PLAESE QUIT NOW , YOU WANT TO PLAY TILL 2013 BECAUSE INDIA WILL PLAY THEIR NEXT OVEREAS IN DEC 2013. YOU WANT TO SCORE RUNS AT INDIAN TRACKS & INCREASE YOUR AVERAGE IN TEST MATCHES . PLEASE QUIT NOW FROM TEST CRICKET SO THAT WE CAN GIVE SAHA ENOUGH CONFIDENCE & OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY TEST CRICKET IN HOME SERIES FOR TWO YEARS BEFORE HE GOES TO ALIEN CONDITOONS OF SA , ENG , AUS 2 YEARS LATER .

  • nachami on January 31, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    The best or worst part is that, questions will be asked. If it is answered, it will be termed as arrogance. I like the manner in which Dhoni responded. Will you call this arrogance? Or just because, it was told by Dhoni, will you treat this as a mature response? In any case, one has to treat the response of all players equally irrespective of the fact as to WHO told because all are players do have feelings and emotions. Secondly, if questions are asked, if the answer is given by somebody, all interpret the way they want without realizing as to whether the questions are appropriate or whether the response is taken in the right context. God only save the players.. Good luck Dhoni for an outstanding performance.

  • satish619chandar on January 31, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Well said.. You dont know whether u ll be alive in a couple of years.. Media just want news and they pull words from mouth.. I like a Dhoni who gives media in the same way they ask rather than just being a diplomat and giving white collar answers like Dravid.. The only thing that lacks Dhoni is batting in tests and T20's.. His batting style and temperament is perfect in ODIS until now as he has adequate time to setup an innings and also, the format and bowling style in it helps him.. I would love him to continue only in ODIs and guys like Viru continue only in tests..

  • nskaile on January 31, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    yes maybe he needs to talk with his bowlers lot more in test matches and need to do few more things but i just dont see anyone els leading indian side xpt Dhoni. Hes a great captain but needs to learn lot more about test captincy

  • montado900 on January 31, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    For sure MSD is a very smart person. He has made his intentions very clearly to state that he will consider the future of his test career by 2013. He is only 31 yrs now. the man is not interested for test cricket. His priorities are ODI and the IPL. Better remove him from the Test Captaincy and have Saha take his place and move forward. Make Gambhir the Captain as he seems to be more of a intense player than that irresponsible Sehwag.

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Nothing can compensate the 4-0 test thrashing!

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    I seriously think that Indian National team Players should give up playing or appear very less in the IPL and Champion League Matches. By saying that they do not get proper rest because of their busy schedule, then they should actually start prioritizing the Country first.

    I have seen many players are much fitter while playing in IPL than while playing for India. For eg, Ishant Sharma touched the speeds of 150kmph plus on many occasions in IPL and not once in Australia.

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    When selectors are dare to disturb our 3,4,5. Dhoni/Test results will not change.. Nevertheless, every one waited for Lax's magical innings since ENG Tour [Pls dont include his 179 in India]. Kindly don't make the fuzz about a relentless keeper cum captain, before that we got to check what's other country keepers are doing: Haddin/Boucher/PAK/SL etc.

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  • on January 31, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    When selectors are dare to disturb our 3,4,5. Dhoni/Test results will not change.. Nevertheless, every one waited for Lax's magical innings since ENG Tour [Pls dont include his 179 in India]. Kindly don't make the fuzz about a relentless keeper cum captain, before that we got to check what's other country keepers are doing: Haddin/Boucher/PAK/SL etc.

  • on January 31, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    I seriously think that Indian National team Players should give up playing or appear very less in the IPL and Champion League Matches. By saying that they do not get proper rest because of their busy schedule, then they should actually start prioritizing the Country first.

    I have seen many players are much fitter while playing in IPL than while playing for India. For eg, Ishant Sharma touched the speeds of 150kmph plus on many occasions in IPL and not once in Australia.

  • on January 31, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Nothing can compensate the 4-0 test thrashing!

  • montado900 on January 31, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    For sure MSD is a very smart person. He has made his intentions very clearly to state that he will consider the future of his test career by 2013. He is only 31 yrs now. the man is not interested for test cricket. His priorities are ODI and the IPL. Better remove him from the Test Captaincy and have Saha take his place and move forward. Make Gambhir the Captain as he seems to be more of a intense player than that irresponsible Sehwag.

  • nskaile on January 31, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    yes maybe he needs to talk with his bowlers lot more in test matches and need to do few more things but i just dont see anyone els leading indian side xpt Dhoni. Hes a great captain but needs to learn lot more about test captincy

  • satish619chandar on January 31, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Well said.. You dont know whether u ll be alive in a couple of years.. Media just want news and they pull words from mouth.. I like a Dhoni who gives media in the same way they ask rather than just being a diplomat and giving white collar answers like Dravid.. The only thing that lacks Dhoni is batting in tests and T20's.. His batting style and temperament is perfect in ODIS until now as he has adequate time to setup an innings and also, the format and bowling style in it helps him.. I would love him to continue only in ODIs and guys like Viru continue only in tests..

  • nachami on January 31, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    The best or worst part is that, questions will be asked. If it is answered, it will be termed as arrogance. I like the manner in which Dhoni responded. Will you call this arrogance? Or just because, it was told by Dhoni, will you treat this as a mature response? In any case, one has to treat the response of all players equally irrespective of the fact as to WHO told because all are players do have feelings and emotions. Secondly, if questions are asked, if the answer is given by somebody, all interpret the way they want without realizing as to whether the questions are appropriate or whether the response is taken in the right context. God only save the players.. Good luck Dhoni for an outstanding performance.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 31, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    DHONI IF YOU WANT TO QUIT TEST CRICKET THEN PLAESE QUIT NOW , YOU WANT TO PLAY TILL 2013 BECAUSE INDIA WILL PLAY THEIR NEXT OVEREAS IN DEC 2013. YOU WANT TO SCORE RUNS AT INDIAN TRACKS & INCREASE YOUR AVERAGE IN TEST MATCHES . PLEASE QUIT NOW FROM TEST CRICKET SO THAT WE CAN GIVE SAHA ENOUGH CONFIDENCE & OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY TEST CRICKET IN HOME SERIES FOR TWO YEARS BEFORE HE GOES TO ALIEN CONDITOONS OF SA , ENG , AUS 2 YEARS LATER .

  • sacnit11 on January 31, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Look , how dhoni is giving preference to IPL and CL Matches. He is not sure about his fitness because of IPL and CL. Why cant we have less number of matches in IPL. Look at the wat Big Bash league, 7 matches per team. Why in IPL, we have two matches btw same teams... Give some break to fans, "A human being cannot eat more sweets @ once, so if there is lot of cricket, then the fans coming into stadium will reduce. BCCI already faced this situation in India - England and India - WI series. Ball is in BCCI court, they should decide which is best.. You guys make money only if people watch, if not u play for urself.. Every INDIAN will think about this nd one fine day, there is will be no one comes to stadium even if you guys distribute the ticket for free of cost..

  • world.cricketer on January 31, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    what is happening in team we don't understand . why he is talking about future, keep playing if u r selected, u should prove on field not with interviews. media will hype u if u perform and will criticize if u don't simple.