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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 ClearView 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.

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