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Dhoni at No.6 should be a long-term arrangement - Dravid

Former India captain Rahul Dravid analyses India's victory in the first Test against Australia in Chennai (00:00)

Interviewer: Sidharth Monga

February 26, 2013

Posted by   on (February 28, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

Some of you people on here talk nonsense! Dhoni is the best captain india have ever had. We are the first t20 world cup winners, 2011 icc world champions and before the world cup dhoni took us to number 1 spot in test matches with an unbeaten run of 11 series without a loss and 8 out those 11 we won, which was over a soam off a solid 3 years! dhoni's first test as a captain we won and that to against south africa and we were on the verge of losing the series as we were 1-0 down. Kumble gave up captaincy with one test remaining n dhoni showed what he really is! CHAMPION! We won the test n levelled the series! He has an average of 39 in tests and that too batting at number 7. He is by far the best wicket keeper around! Some people's comments come from your pants, you base your opinions from your pants without looking at the facts n figures from the past!! Seriously True champions always find a way to bounce back and he has surely done here!!

Posted by indiacricketfan1 on (February 28, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

Ashwin is a better All-rounder than JADEJA......... Can JADEJA cope with Pace & Bounce as a BATSMAN on SA pitches????..... His Part-time Spin Bowling will be HAMMERED on those Tracks...... JADEJA scored Triple centuries on that FEATHER-BED (Flat Pitch) in Rajkot against DOMESTIC Medium-pacers & Spinners........ on those pitches there is no help for Spinners or Medium-pacers......... JADEJA & Ind team will not get such pitches in SA......... India will need 7-Specialist Batsmen in those conditions........ Indian Fast-Bowlers are struggling with Form & Fitness........ they'll need Cushioning of Extra runs out there

Posted by Hardy1 on (February 28, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

I think it would've been worth analysing Ojha being dropped from the team, because Harbhajan didn't bowl great & I really didn't like Dhoni's explanation of picking Harbhajan just because he's an off spinner. Plus the openers' failure warranted discussion too, Sehwag's not doing well so Gambhir will probably come back in & while I'm no fan of Vijay & feel as if he's been given a good number of opportunities already, now that he's back in the team he really has to be allowed to play all 3 remaining Tests. If it doesn't work out though, India will tour South Africa later this year with a choice of either openers in poor form or all out debutants, which doesn't bode well.

Posted by haunted_sadist on (February 28, 2013, 0:49 GMT)

Dhoni is not batsman cause he doesn't even know how to grab the bat properly... I don't understand how a player like dravid back him up ...

Posted by FarSight on (February 27, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Isn't Dravid missing something? Dhoni is not the best wicket keeper in the country. He is never a test captaincy material. If Dhoni should play at no. 6 batting slot on a permanent basis, he should do so simply as a batsman, not as captain and not as wicket keeper. India needs a different captain in tests and a good wicket-keeper of test class. Dhoni's keeping alone is costing India test matches.

Posted by vakkaraju on (February 27, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

One swallow does not a summer make. It is only one win out of a series of 4. Dhoni can win only at home with custom made pitches. He has not demonstrated the ability to get the best out of his players, particularly fast bowlers abroad.He does not support them with attacking fields further reducing their chances at getting wickets. He is glad support his cronies and does not come across as a balanced captain supporting his entire team.

Posted by lokphy on (February 27, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

Ashwin has better technique than him to play at abroad.. he is good in Inida and asian picthes only... Also he needs to quit captaincy as he does not select best 11.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

Give Dhoni a break, the guy keeps full time. He was in the chennai hot weather all 5 days non-stop, keeping to spinners is the toughest thing to do in cricket, plus he scored 200. May be next they will ask him to bowl spin too....(which i believe he will be better at than the current indian spinners).

Posted by SJinUS on (February 27, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Dravid has some good points on Dhoni being a good #6. With his batting techniques, that is what suits him. The truth is we do not have anyone capable yet in the team to captain test side. The backbone of any good test playing nation is the top 4 batsmen. This is the achilles heel for India currently as Dravid himself left and when Tendulkar leaves this year. We need GOOD openers period. Groom people who are not worried to play pace and bounce and open innings in swinging and bouncing conditions. I will even try Rohit who is by far the best leg side pull shot player to the opening spot now that we have too many middle order men being groomed. But even he need to get matured in other areas.

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 27, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

@Jayzuz - well said, but what goes comes around. Aus can't play anything that turns or below waist height. Cricket is not just played on green tops!! Do you know how many Test 100s Ricky has in India or his average. If average is all about top order batting, then Ricky should be 8 or 9 in that line up when playing in India.

Posted by DHARAM355 on (February 27, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

no mr dravid he is simply suits indian pitches only he wont survive on bouncy pitches though he is best option at present

Posted by kmgnath on (February 27, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

India performance always depends on the opening pair, especially in Aus, Eng, SA, NZ. If the openers don't perfrom, in most of the cases its like pack of cards falling. Indian middle order perform well when the openers perform well. THere are exceptions, we should't consider them for stats. Last series with ENG, non of the indian players were in form after their long holidays. Eng took advantage of it. MSD came into form end of Eng season and PAK series. He is in form of his life now. I can see team wasen't united for the past 1 year, its more individuals. After these performance, MSD can be more assertive and players will show some respect. This will be +ve rub on team india, Going forward atleast for 6 monts, I can see Indian team performing well. Good to see, koli is back in form. I want to see Bhajji to perform well, so that we can see his aggression, which India needs not his confrontation. @Jayzuz: Opener r meant to open, not #6 batsmen. Its really tough to play as a $6 player

Posted by Dr.Vindaloo on (February 27, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

This is a joke! Dhoni's technique is straight from the back streets of Ranchi. Sure he played a great knock in Chennai but when you look at the other test match number 6's around he is way short of the required quality. 7 is perfect for him.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 27, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

You want a number 6 who averages 28 overseas, 18 in Australia? @rupeshsmc, why was India 50/2? Because your batsman can't play anything that bounces above waist height at pace. Simple. That's what the ball does for about 5 overs in India - then its all easy stuff from pacers because all shine and bounce is gone. If Dhoni opened he wouldn't make ten, not with that front-foot stomping down the track and the late swing through with the bottom hand: thus the reason he can't score in Australia.

Posted by rupeshsmc on (February 27, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Dhoni played well. But we need to see his consistency. Just by 1 double-ton, we should not make analysis. Ofcourse, Dhoni is the only person who could captain India as of now. Hope he takes on this good game forward to other tests toio & hope the 1,2,3 batsmen learn from mistakes. We should have won 50/0 but it was 50/2. Why Vijay & Segwag fall so quickly? 10dulkar & Virat did well. It should be a team effort from now on & not to shoulder all resposibility on Dhoni. :-) what say guys!!

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 27, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

This is not a sceret at all,When India selected Jadeja in the team,Dhoni got the freedom to come at 6 and play those good innings ( Nagpur,Chennai) If they play any player like Rohith/Raina/Raydu insted of Jadeja Dhoni can not come at 6 ,But I prefer Raydu to come at 7 in overseas condtions and Irfan Aswn Bhuvi plus a fast bowler ( I prefer Umesh and in SA i prefer SreeShanth) to follow

Posted by Thomas_George on (February 27, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

@fairness: Dravid wanted Dhoni to quit T20 captaincy, but thought was the best man for being the Test team captain.

Posted by fairness on (February 26, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

Dhoni created a turning point. So, time to change the tune, I guess. Didn't Dravid want Dhoni to go?

Posted by   on (February 26, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

In this time of glory, it is so good hear the perspective from the true champion, to say that Dhoni has to show this conistency abroad and this will make India a different side. We have seen how against the moving and rising balls the top order ( let alone Dhoni) was struggling. It is therefore crucial that Pujara and Kohli fill in the gap left by the greats and we find a solid Opening pair. To be fair to Sehwag and Gambhir, a good part of the credit for India taking top test SPOT goes to the opeing partnerships between these two which allowed those to follow to play their strokes. Agianst England even at home when these two could not give good starts the whole team struggled.

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