India cricket May 2, 2013

Let Virat Kohli be

Parth Pandya, India
He can be Rahul Dravid's batting successor, even if he doesn't emulate his grace and demeanour
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It's been a little over a year since Rahul Dravid exited international cricket. Dravid mastered the art of batting like few others in the game did, and his impeccable technique needs no further documentation. But Dravid's legacy doesn't end there. Way beyond those cricketing meadows does the legend of Dravid reach and it transcends the concept of greatness in sports in its commonly known form. Years from now, people will talk more of the demeanour he maintained despite tasting rare success.

This brings us to the question of Virat Kohli and his recent shenanigans as the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain. It began with a rather avoidable scuffle with his Delhi and India team-mate Gautam Gambhir, and took an inopportune turn following events at the Wankhede Stadium.

Kohli is one of the brightest prospects going around in world cricket. Going by the finesse and technical perfection of his batting, it is hard to think of a worthier Indian successor to the legacy of Dravid - apart from Cheteshwar Pujara of course. But batting prowess alone may not prove enough for Kohli to take over as Dravid's successor; it will also need an image overhaul, that currently seems as unlikely as Xavier Doherty spinning a ball.

That said, does India really need a batsman of Kohli's calibre to emulate Dravid in the way he carries himself? Can't we for once keep the context restricted to cricketing matters alone? Yes, Dravid personified everything that a role model should be, but there's a reason why that breed is getting rarer by the day. That Virat Kohli probably doesn't belong in the same league is just fine - much less an issue of national concern. As long as he bats consistently, there isn't a reason for idealists to reprimand him to this extent.

The big question is whether Kohli is suited to lead India in the future, given the kind of temperamental troubles he's had. For quite some time now, he has been projected as the successor to MS Dhoni, and quite rightly. Of the current generation of players, he was the first to cement his position in the side, and is expected to be at the peak of his game in the next five years. But these concerns that are voiced regarding the handover of captaincy to someone not so lovable are unfounded, unwarranted and extremely harsh.

Dhoni is in no mood to relinquish the leadership role any time soon. He may very well continue to lead India for another couple of years, and there's every chance Kohli may have learnt more about his cricket, about himself and about his responsibilities by then and that will reflect in his conduct. And even if Kohli doesn't change, how exactly does that do any harm from a cricketing perspective?

For starters, Kohli is not one of those new kids who are unable to handle this sudden rise to fame. He's done the hard yards, and emerged through the first-class grind. Little do people know about his decision to bat for Delhi in a Ranji game on the day of his father's death - certainly not the sign of an athlete who lacks in commitment or character.

One of the many things Sourav Ganguly taught the Indian team was to be aggressive when it mattered. His brand of expressive, aggressive and in-your-face demeanour only enhanced his leadership skills. Kohli could well be a leader in the Ganguly mould. Without trivialising Kohli's lack of discipline, it's important that people just let him breathe easy. Little do we know about the person he is, and it is unfair on our part to judge him for his spur-of-the-moment outbursts.

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  • on May 15, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    i jst dont get it considering him a successor of dravid.. i thought pujara was the man to look for that job or wasnt he?

  • aravindDL on May 10, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    I have seen people who are great in constructing themselves but couldnt construct a team. I dont go by RCB's sucess under Kohli's captaincy as in my books, there is none. Those 3 other foreign blokes + his own batting skills are doing it for RCB so far. I havent seen any glimpse of captaincy material from him yet. Havent said that he is a 24 year old kid who is just outperforming his age...Yes he is taking ganguly's attitude to another level.

    It could be because he is is worthy of it or he is just not matured enough to realise time will test the best of the bests and bring them to thier knees. For now, he is setting high standards and living up to it and he is damn proud of it.

    There ll be a day when he is out of form himself but needs to bring the best out of his under performing team..Things that his team mates respect in him today will not be there with him due to lack of form. Good luck to him on that day...as he defintely doesnt need luck today.

  • on May 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Players like Rahul Dravid born just once. kohli is a good batsman but need more time for any important role. he has't seen failure yet.

  • Pathiyal on May 6, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    People, Virat Kohli is aggressive for sure, but he is abusive! He is a talented batsman and a reasonably fine captain, but at the same time emotionally weak. He can improve on that aspect or else he will soon become prey for his own state of mind.

  • on May 5, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    being aggressive is always good for a captain.aggression should b shown to his own team mates and to their rivals.there stands rahul dravid.no one could succeed him.but if dravid had been aggressive with his team mates as ganguly was,he would have been a brighter captain.next generation need to learn more from their veterans.

  • deepshah4321 on May 4, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    All you guys talking about Ponting, he was a great captain. His aggression was justified. He had won so many matches and the effort he put into building a strong team, it is something that no captain has ever done. I don't know about Kohli. He is very aggressive and if there is anybody who can take over the captaincy after Dhoni, that is Virat Kohli.

  • vr.mandalapu on May 4, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    The Mumbai incident has fortunately brought into focus the issue of maturity levels required for a captain. A real captain, I think, is one who swallows the tensions himself like lord Shiva and not the one who multiplies it and throw it on others.Those who were batting for replacement of Dhoni by this ill-tempered guy must have realised by now how valuable Dhoni's presence as a captain is for India.This guy blames the crowd for not knowing the rule books and even went to the extent of saying that even Rayudu did not know how to get back to the crease. What an audaucity.Where was this guy when Rayudu was single handedly destroying opposition's bowling attack at international level? very naive about even Indian cricket.Once again thanks to the Mumbai incident.

  • couchpundit on May 4, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Pls do not use Ganguly to highlight kohli's uncontrolled agression. I sure do love the spunk the guy has, refreshing to see and the way he sees through it.

    Gangulys agression is cold calculated agression and he never abused anybody for having lost their wicket. Ganguly's agression was born out of National Pride....which many indians dont understand and scoffed with english cricketers for having removed his shirt. He was only giving it back for what flintoff did in CCI bombay and fittingly too. ITs holy ground for indian cricket.

    Anyways i do beleive time should bring kohli to be cold in expressing himself...and one hopes he doesnt go pontings way.

  • SpaMaster on May 4, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    I agree! Well-written! Totally capturing the essence of Virat Kohli personality.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    @chitranna i hope that as a coach, you're not encouraging your wards to be picking up fights and get abusive as ways to be 'aggressive'. indian cricket has quite a few examples of truly aggressive and match-winning players such as Kumble, Dravid, and of course Dhoni. When Dhoni walks out to bat and strikes at 170, he is aggression personified. But he doesn't mis-behave. When Dhoni captained India in the2007 T20 WC he was about 24 years old - the same as Kohli is today. But the difference between the two is vast. Don't keep treating Kohli as a kid and say he'll mature. He should've by now. Don't be surprised if Ashwin or Pujara leap-frog Kohli in the team leadership stakes!

  • on May 15, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    i jst dont get it considering him a successor of dravid.. i thought pujara was the man to look for that job or wasnt he?

  • aravindDL on May 10, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    I have seen people who are great in constructing themselves but couldnt construct a team. I dont go by RCB's sucess under Kohli's captaincy as in my books, there is none. Those 3 other foreign blokes + his own batting skills are doing it for RCB so far. I havent seen any glimpse of captaincy material from him yet. Havent said that he is a 24 year old kid who is just outperforming his age...Yes he is taking ganguly's attitude to another level.

    It could be because he is is worthy of it or he is just not matured enough to realise time will test the best of the bests and bring them to thier knees. For now, he is setting high standards and living up to it and he is damn proud of it.

    There ll be a day when he is out of form himself but needs to bring the best out of his under performing team..Things that his team mates respect in him today will not be there with him due to lack of form. Good luck to him on that day...as he defintely doesnt need luck today.

  • on May 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Players like Rahul Dravid born just once. kohli is a good batsman but need more time for any important role. he has't seen failure yet.

  • Pathiyal on May 6, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    People, Virat Kohli is aggressive for sure, but he is abusive! He is a talented batsman and a reasonably fine captain, but at the same time emotionally weak. He can improve on that aspect or else he will soon become prey for his own state of mind.

  • on May 5, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    being aggressive is always good for a captain.aggression should b shown to his own team mates and to their rivals.there stands rahul dravid.no one could succeed him.but if dravid had been aggressive with his team mates as ganguly was,he would have been a brighter captain.next generation need to learn more from their veterans.

  • deepshah4321 on May 4, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    All you guys talking about Ponting, he was a great captain. His aggression was justified. He had won so many matches and the effort he put into building a strong team, it is something that no captain has ever done. I don't know about Kohli. He is very aggressive and if there is anybody who can take over the captaincy after Dhoni, that is Virat Kohli.

  • vr.mandalapu on May 4, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    The Mumbai incident has fortunately brought into focus the issue of maturity levels required for a captain. A real captain, I think, is one who swallows the tensions himself like lord Shiva and not the one who multiplies it and throw it on others.Those who were batting for replacement of Dhoni by this ill-tempered guy must have realised by now how valuable Dhoni's presence as a captain is for India.This guy blames the crowd for not knowing the rule books and even went to the extent of saying that even Rayudu did not know how to get back to the crease. What an audaucity.Where was this guy when Rayudu was single handedly destroying opposition's bowling attack at international level? very naive about even Indian cricket.Once again thanks to the Mumbai incident.

  • couchpundit on May 4, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Pls do not use Ganguly to highlight kohli's uncontrolled agression. I sure do love the spunk the guy has, refreshing to see and the way he sees through it.

    Gangulys agression is cold calculated agression and he never abused anybody for having lost their wicket. Ganguly's agression was born out of National Pride....which many indians dont understand and scoffed with english cricketers for having removed his shirt. He was only giving it back for what flintoff did in CCI bombay and fittingly too. ITs holy ground for indian cricket.

    Anyways i do beleive time should bring kohli to be cold in expressing himself...and one hopes he doesnt go pontings way.

  • SpaMaster on May 4, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    I agree! Well-written! Totally capturing the essence of Virat Kohli personality.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    @chitranna i hope that as a coach, you're not encouraging your wards to be picking up fights and get abusive as ways to be 'aggressive'. indian cricket has quite a few examples of truly aggressive and match-winning players such as Kumble, Dravid, and of course Dhoni. When Dhoni walks out to bat and strikes at 170, he is aggression personified. But he doesn't mis-behave. When Dhoni captained India in the2007 T20 WC he was about 24 years old - the same as Kohli is today. But the difference between the two is vast. Don't keep treating Kohli as a kid and say he'll mature. He should've by now. Don't be surprised if Ashwin or Pujara leap-frog Kohli in the team leadership stakes!

  • Chithranna on May 3, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Just the fact that Kohli is an aggressive individual who does not care about giving it back to people and also care enough to want to be liked by everyone shows he is still immature. He will eventually grow up and accept one characteristic as his own and that's the day one has to decide if he is worth being made a captain of India... Until then please enjoy the show and let him be.

  • Chithranna on May 3, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    I don't know how many of y'all who are commenting are sportsman yourself (specially who has played a team sport), but I have been one and also coached teams. I would love to have a player like Kohli in any time I coach. As important it is to have players with a cool calm demeanor, its equally important to have aggressive minded players to balance your team! These are the players who spark brilliant performances from themselves and inspire others around too. For the LOVE of the Humanity, just let him be. You and I are no one to tell him to change his ways, he will play more, learn more and mature in time. India should stop trying expedite the process cause all your going to get that way is a non-quality product!!!

  • MelbourneMiracle on May 3, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    If you really want to know how a captain should be, look at Arjuna Ranatunga. He was not the best batsman nor the best player in the team. However his towering presence and strong commanding ability made him the leader who won a WC for the tiny nation Sri Lanka. When he was on the ground he was the boss.

  • KapilsDevils1983 on May 3, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Being aggressive is a must. But in your game and not your chat.

    I think the hissy fit Kohli had when Mumbai boo'd him showed his substance. He is very good at giving a lot of chat, but got real upset and hurt and in a choked voice when Mumbai gave it back to him. Come on Kohli, you want to give chat like Ponting, then take it like he did too.

    Merely because you are an India player does not mean you can do what you want and still be the chocolate boy of Indian cricket.

  • realfan on May 3, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    @aNIKE dude let that CHAND of yours EARN his place in indian team, let alone captaining..... he is not going to get into indian team in nearly 5 to 7 years from now.....and after all he is not sound in his cricket...he is too early for international cricket....we are seeing his score in ipl against club level bowlers....

  • realfan on May 3, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    first of all respect to dravid.... and coming to article, thats good comparison between dravid and kohli... yes i mean it..... if anyone can remember, when kohli was great with his batting ( he is now ofcourse) everybody was saying they found the replacement for dravid, well thats true when it comes to batting alone, but frankly he is not dravid like, and who cares if he is not... we have PUJARA for that... for me i want kohli to be like GANGULY... i can see it in him....he is short tempered, shows his attitude, so what.... he is not someone who values money over anything, he is not someone who plays jubilantly in IPL and flops in Indian team ( Rohit sharma ) , he plays for country, thats what we need... not the saint attitude in modern era of cricket....if the same attitude is shown by ganguly or ponting for instance its aggressive cricket , what i kohli shows it.... i am completely with kohli......

  • on May 3, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @kaushik_243: Ponting never overcame his 'wild young days' - numerous times he was fined - and many times wasn't - for unsportsmanlike behavior throughout his entire stint as captain. Kohli is a decent captain at best. To captain a cricket team you don't need to be boring. Being level headed when it counts and inspiring confidence and belief in your troops is. Kohli possesses at least one of these qualities

  • bandying on May 3, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Yeah, well said, let him be! Given that we have watched him transition from celebrating his centuries in words that could turn your lipreading eyes blind, to much more tempered yet emphatic signature celebrations without losing his flair or number of occasions worth celebrating, I'm sure his captaincy will balance out the same.

  • kaushik_243 on May 3, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    i disagree with this.even the aussies who are known for thier in your face aggression never made a tactical genius like shane warne as captain due to his off the field demeanours.they accepted ricky ponting as skipper only after he overcame his wild young days and matured more.a captain need not be your best player but must command respect from team mates and lead from the front .ganguly,dravid and now dhoni always have that support and thier aggression is properly channelised at right places .kohli still needs to do a lot to deserve that captaincy

  • P.D.DESAI on May 3, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Good Article. One point left out: He captained & won U19 WC.

  • ksarma on May 3, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Poor article. How can a person who can not control his emotions, control a team. In team sport like cricket, you need to have a person with a nice character. Everyone admires Dravid not only because of his cricketing skills, but also because of his enigmatic personality. Dravid never involves in controversy either on-field or off-field, you need such characters to lead the time. Aggression does not mean you use your mouth and fingers, you should show with your game. That is what Dhoni and Dravid all about, They show aggression in their game, field placements and reading game ahead.

  • SamRoy on May 3, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    The best captain for Team India is Ravi Ashwin. He is cool, has a good head on his shoulders and more than anything else understands his game pretty well. If he doesn't suffer a prolonged loss of form, he should captain at least the test team. Don't want people who have no control over themselves (like Gambhir, Kohli) to be Indian Test Captain. After all he is an ambassador of the country.

  • Yaswanth.Ram on May 3, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Fine article!!! but this statement made me laugh for a while "that currently seems as unlikely as Xavier Doherty spinning a ball." whats the point in talking about Doherty's bowling skills here??? funny but weird :-)

  • Vivekaks on May 3, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Mr.Parth....really?? I think you should let it be...writing an article on this matter warrants no place in the cricinfo's site... Frankly no one expects Kohli to be Dravid or Dhoni...this is the first time am hearin about a comparison between Kohli and Dravid...even Kohli would laugh this off... The reason Kohli cant be a captain is, he wont command the same respect that Dhoni has commanded over the years...be it with the seniors or juniors... when Kohli is fighting with his own countrymen on the field...do you think he will get any respect while leading the team... Captain is not a player who performs exceptionally..but a player who has the respect of the team and players respect his decision and his temparament....he lacks in all department... so let him play as a batsman..for that augurs well for the country...he would be the best player india has...but Dhoni also became a captain with 4 stalwarts int he team... I wud rather have Pujara at the helm for tests at least...

  • karansharma87 on May 3, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Hello Parth Pandya,

    Its a brilliant article bringing to notice both sides of the coin and of Virat Kohli's character. The truth is he is a brilliant player and can go on to become a brilliant captain as well. I would also like to apologize on behalf of people who comment on these sorts of things without actually understanding the essence of what the author is actually saying or suggesting... Please bear with them as this is one of the nuisances that the internet brings with it. The debate went from should Virat try and emulate Dravid or is it best for him to be himself, to Captains for different franchises to next indian captain to rohit sharma cementing his place in the team to people commenting on the article, in my view just by reading the title.. Its ridiculous how many people think they can write better when they read an article and think they have more knowledge about cricket than the author. Thanks. Karan

  • ThyrSaadam on May 2, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Rohit first needs to find a spot in the XI based on his cricketing abilities. And 2 wins and 1 los in IPL does not mean he can lead. Our next test captain should be Pujara, i see a Rahul Dravid in him! As for odi, and t20 dont really care who captains.

  • CricketLoverK on May 2, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Anybody who was groomed as Indian captain never went on to be a successfull one. Both Ganguly and Dhoni (and even Azhar to an extent) were more of choice based on capability rather than someone groomed for the post. I think the next captain is gonna be someone who no one thinks of as the next captain.

  • agstiger on May 2, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is the kind of gentleman cricket world will not see in a long time. People can only try to emulate him. Virat is pretty far in doing that. The behavior is so natural to him. Just a simple thing about Rahul. During all these IPL post match presentation ceremony, in my observation, Rahul is the only captain who shakes hand with the presentation party before going for the short interview. That's an amazing gesture to the presentation party who otherwise don't do much there by standing. Some even don't present anything...just stand there! Rahul is a complete man.

  • on May 2, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Rohit sharma must first perform consistently(atleast hav avg. abov 35) in international matches....tat too in away matches... then oly atleast he can be in the team for nxt 1yr...otherwise he wil be lost as we can see many new talented performers hav com...please anybody here compare him with kohli or even raina as their standard is diff. from rohit who hasn't even debuted in test being in indian team circle for past 6 to 7 yrs.. tat shows he is inconsistent n he has been the worst ever player to hav got so much chance n not performed lik him indian n also world cricket has ever seen...

  • MSMN on May 2, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Ashwin should captain CSK, Raina Delhi/Punjab, Dhoni Punjab/Delhi, Dhawan for sunrisers and prepare next captain material. Raina would not been in CSK he would have been captain for any one side. CSK please release raina for Delhi/punjab/sunrisers

  • Edassery on May 2, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Next captain can wait. At the moment, let Kohli perform for the team and use the next two to three years working on his temperament.

    @aNIKE, Unmukth Chand!!! Hiring a captain alone won't work, he has to perform as well - at the moment, he looks like any other reckless T20 player

  • JamesSmithee on May 2, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Ganguly is hot tempered but he had personality and shouted only at correct places. Dhoni has good personality and extremely cool as so doesn't needs to comment about him. But these younger players ( specially Kohli and Gauti) neither have a personality nor correct place. They trying to build up personality by choosing the wrong path. The success for Indian team is Dhoni's cool and his personality. If you have best 11 from the world you may not make the best team if players go against the leader. So it is better if India can make a cool captain wasting a position in the team. Count on me Gauti, Kohli can't lead a team and Raina don't have the personality to so. I think Rohit is the best choice.

  • aNIKE on May 2, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Can we not always let him be V.Captain like Sehwag did.. If MSD plays for 3-4 more years as Captain, The best choice then 4 captain will be Unmukth Chand.. Those who saw him in Austrelia in U19 will definately agree on this.. He realy is next MSD.. Calm and Compose, delivers in tough times.. Just needs bit of experiance at highest level.. He simply is born leader like MSD.. and lets accept Virat is not.. Even Virat captained U19 team but just like YUVI (another U19 Captain) has very limited Leading Skills.. Just let him play his game.. We can manage with other good Captains..

  • SamRoy on May 2, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I can't still understand why everyone wants Kohli to become next Indian captain (especially at test level) when you have someone with a much sounder temperament and much cooler head in R Ashwin. Ashwin, barring any elongated dips in personal form, is an absolute no-brainer. Always keeps things in perspective, wise beyond his years and most unruffled character. Also helps that he is a bowling all-rounder and not an out and out bowler. Last thing one wants is the show of lack of respect from a test captain.

  • on May 2, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Touching: "Little do people know about his decision to bat for Delhi in a Ranji game on the day of his father's death - certainly not the sign of an athlete who lacks in commitment or character." That requires a lot of character and attitude which people are Questioning about. Does any one require a better answer than this?

  • KPM Ayyanpet Kings11 on May 2, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Yes, he is young, experience will bring the change in him.... How many do the right thing at this age, he has done more things rightly than wrong in cricket. Give him his space to express, its the only way he will learn on how to handle things in future.

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  • KPM Ayyanpet Kings11 on May 2, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Yes, he is young, experience will bring the change in him.... How many do the right thing at this age, he has done more things rightly than wrong in cricket. Give him his space to express, its the only way he will learn on how to handle things in future.

  • on May 2, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Touching: "Little do people know about his decision to bat for Delhi in a Ranji game on the day of his father's death - certainly not the sign of an athlete who lacks in commitment or character." That requires a lot of character and attitude which people are Questioning about. Does any one require a better answer than this?

  • SamRoy on May 2, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I can't still understand why everyone wants Kohli to become next Indian captain (especially at test level) when you have someone with a much sounder temperament and much cooler head in R Ashwin. Ashwin, barring any elongated dips in personal form, is an absolute no-brainer. Always keeps things in perspective, wise beyond his years and most unruffled character. Also helps that he is a bowling all-rounder and not an out and out bowler. Last thing one wants is the show of lack of respect from a test captain.

  • aNIKE on May 2, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Can we not always let him be V.Captain like Sehwag did.. If MSD plays for 3-4 more years as Captain, The best choice then 4 captain will be Unmukth Chand.. Those who saw him in Austrelia in U19 will definately agree on this.. He realy is next MSD.. Calm and Compose, delivers in tough times.. Just needs bit of experiance at highest level.. He simply is born leader like MSD.. and lets accept Virat is not.. Even Virat captained U19 team but just like YUVI (another U19 Captain) has very limited Leading Skills.. Just let him play his game.. We can manage with other good Captains..

  • JamesSmithee on May 2, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Ganguly is hot tempered but he had personality and shouted only at correct places. Dhoni has good personality and extremely cool as so doesn't needs to comment about him. But these younger players ( specially Kohli and Gauti) neither have a personality nor correct place. They trying to build up personality by choosing the wrong path. The success for Indian team is Dhoni's cool and his personality. If you have best 11 from the world you may not make the best team if players go against the leader. So it is better if India can make a cool captain wasting a position in the team. Count on me Gauti, Kohli can't lead a team and Raina don't have the personality to so. I think Rohit is the best choice.

  • Edassery on May 2, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Next captain can wait. At the moment, let Kohli perform for the team and use the next two to three years working on his temperament.

    @aNIKE, Unmukth Chand!!! Hiring a captain alone won't work, he has to perform as well - at the moment, he looks like any other reckless T20 player

  • MSMN on May 2, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Ashwin should captain CSK, Raina Delhi/Punjab, Dhoni Punjab/Delhi, Dhawan for sunrisers and prepare next captain material. Raina would not been in CSK he would have been captain for any one side. CSK please release raina for Delhi/punjab/sunrisers

  • on May 2, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Rohit sharma must first perform consistently(atleast hav avg. abov 35) in international matches....tat too in away matches... then oly atleast he can be in the team for nxt 1yr...otherwise he wil be lost as we can see many new talented performers hav com...please anybody here compare him with kohli or even raina as their standard is diff. from rohit who hasn't even debuted in test being in indian team circle for past 6 to 7 yrs.. tat shows he is inconsistent n he has been the worst ever player to hav got so much chance n not performed lik him indian n also world cricket has ever seen...

  • agstiger on May 2, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is the kind of gentleman cricket world will not see in a long time. People can only try to emulate him. Virat is pretty far in doing that. The behavior is so natural to him. Just a simple thing about Rahul. During all these IPL post match presentation ceremony, in my observation, Rahul is the only captain who shakes hand with the presentation party before going for the short interview. That's an amazing gesture to the presentation party who otherwise don't do much there by standing. Some even don't present anything...just stand there! Rahul is a complete man.

  • CricketLoverK on May 2, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Anybody who was groomed as Indian captain never went on to be a successfull one. Both Ganguly and Dhoni (and even Azhar to an extent) were more of choice based on capability rather than someone groomed for the post. I think the next captain is gonna be someone who no one thinks of as the next captain.