India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 4th day March 5, 2013

Captaincy success 'overhyped' - Dhoni

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Victory in the Hyderabad Test has made MS Dhoni the most successful captain in Indian cricket, with 22 Test wins and two world titles in the limited-overs game - the 2007 ICC World T20 title and the 2011 World Cup.

At the end of the Hyderabad Test, where India stomped over Australia by an innings and 135 runs taking an unassailable 2-0 lead, Dhoni waved away his numero uno standing as India captain, and said it was "over-rated and hyped."

"If you see our dressing room right now, we are not bothered about who has won how many matches. What's important is to win Test matches. The more consistent we become the better it is for the side. I don't think this number really matters for us. What's important is that the last two matches we have done really well."

A Dhoni media briefing can be a wide-ranging explanation of tactics, glimpses of personal philosophy and more importantly, a reflection of the team management's thinking. Post-Hyderabad this is what it looks like: Virender Sehwag's position in the squad is a bit iffy, Harbhajan Singh is safe and if Cheteshwar Pujara pays too much attention on performing outside India, he won't relish the present.

Asked if Sehwag was on borrowed time and would be persisted with, Dhoni called the question a "difficult one." He said a 'wait and watch' was necessary before the selectors meet to pick the team for Mohali and Delhi. "You have to create a balance... You also need to see what situation we are in, because we will be touring abroad and we don't have that many Test matches after this series. In between we hardly play any Tests and we go off to South Africa… I won't really like to comment."

It was not as ringing an endorsement as was enjoyed by Harbhajan Singh, who Dhoni said had "shown improvement" in his last three Tests. Harbhajan, he said, had given him a very important option due to the number of left-handers in the Australian line-up.

I felt he bowled well in the second innings in Chennai and he has shown improvement in this game. He is bowling in one area which is very important. Of course you will have one lead spinner, but when it comes to the second spinner you may have to choose horses for courses
MS Dhoni on Harbhajan Singh

"He played against England and people weren't happy. I could also not make him bowl the amount of overs that I would have liked to. That's the case with three spinners. Often one of them will be slightly under-utilised."

He believed the pressure of Harbhajan playing his 100th Test was "was always there on him. What's important is how he has overcome that. I felt he bowled well in the second innings in Chennai and he has shown improvement in this game. He is bowling in one area which is very important. Of course you will have one lead spinner, but when it comes to the second spinner you may have to choose horses for courses."

In an interview to the BCCI's official website, Pujara had said that he would judge himself on how he performed in 'tough overseas conditions."

Asked if this attitude was important for a young player to have on his team, Dhoni replied, "I think he watches too many media channels because that's what really happens. I have always said you need to be in the present. Of course he has set his own standards but what is important to enjoy what you have done. What he has done or what anyone has done. No point in saying you have done well in India; go out and do it and we will judge you as a batsman." While Pujara may himself have made that comment himself, Dhoni said, "but that's my point - we all love to comment that way, but it's also important to enjoy the moment. You have done well; so enjoy the moment. That will be my suggestion to him. He will score runs… that's a different story."

India's marked difference in recent performance home and away, Dhoni said, was a reflection of the variety of conditions that made Test cricket challenging. "You have to realise 80 or 70 per cent of the matches you play in your home conditions. You have to be good there. As I always say, once you go abroad the conditions are totally different and that's a challenge. That's what improves our Test cricket over a period of time. I think the sides that have players who have toured the sub-continent or of us who have played in other countries, they have been able to perform quite consistently."

"I feel it's still a challenge, that's what is special about Test cricket. You go abroad, you have different conditions, you come to the sub-continent, the wicket becomes slow and low. If everything becomes the same, Test cricket won't be challenging."

He said India had lifted itself off from the series loss against England by putting in an all-round effort in all disciplines. "Against England we were not at our best. We were not scoring enough runs, we were not putting huge totals on the board for our bowlers to be aggressive. All these things play a crucial part. You can't just rely on your batting or bowling, as a unit you have to do well. Once you score runs, automatically you will see bowlers doing well. It works the other way as well, if the bowlers are bowling well it creeps into your batting also." In the current series using a fifth bowler in Jadeja had worked well at home.

When asked what his advice would be to Michael Clarke, Dhoni said his only piece of advice would be that, "screaming [at his team] won't really help". But he added he wouldn't want to "poke his nose because it's a bit unfair. You need to respect your opponents… you don't give Australians bit more advice as they are very competitive and they can come back strongly in the series." He said Australia could take back positives from the series that they would have a pool of players the next time they travelled to the subcontinent who would be, "better equipped to handle the conditions. I think it's a win-win situation for them. Just that they have to be a bit patient."

The difference the Hyderabad pitch made for the spinners was that it had started to turn once the ball got old. In the second session on day one, India were unable to find turn and couldn't break the Michael Clarke-Matthew Wade partnership, "That session we struggled a bit. All of a sudden the ball became soft and once we came back after tea, we saw that spinners were able to get a bit of turn and put pressure on the opposition."

India used that knowledge to impose themselves on Australia in the second innings on Monday evening. "We bowled close to 32 odd overs and gave away 72 or 73 runs. We had runs in hand, and we were waiting for the ball to turn soft. It's one of the reasons why we wanted Ishant with the semi-new ball today. He got us that important breakthrough and because of that we were able to put pressure on their batting."

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SUNDHUR on March 5, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Well deserved achievement for Dhoni as the most successful test captain, which is another feather in his cap. Dhoni is mature, skillful and able to lead a team of experts and get work done. It is not easy to captain experienced players like Sachin, Sehwag, Bajji and others and still make them perform as a team with the youngsters being provided equal chance. He backs and encourages youngsters and has well defined preference for the team playing each format of the game. He has also been doing the thankless job of keeping the wickets, rescuing the team coming down the order to take on demanding situations and leading the side to glory in all formats of the game. He has to his credit trophies that no other captain has got to their country! Long live Dhoni and his contributions to Cricket!

  • salil247 on March 8, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    @ jasonpete - Amen. Finally a sane voice amidst a sea of bias.

  • panlv on March 7, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Nampally, tell me which captain past/current among all cricket playing countries when they loose 4-5 players within a span of year have won matches/series. Your post does make me think you just don't like dhoni and his captaincy. Dhoni might have input in team selection but the selectors make the decision on the final 11.

  • jasonpete on March 7, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Posted by Nampally on (March 6, 2013, 16:44 GMT), ok ,everyone knows why harbhjan picked in the first place and team management announced even two days before the first test that he will be playing his 100th test.You can see its not only dhoni decision to play him ,somehwere team official wants bhajji to complete the milestone.Many times dhoni didn't use him during England series and people were complaining that dhoni dont like harbhjan .Now When harbhjan picked in the squad ,they say he don't like Ojha.Its hard to please everyone as every Indian team members has their own fan base and they want their favourite star play to be in the team no matter what eg, sehwag.Team members needs to be in form and should perform,then only any captain in the world can have success by managing the available resources ,this is what Clarke is going through at the moment with his top order and out of form batsmen like Watson.Pujara yet to debut for india in ODI and his first class cricket don't count.

  • Prakmca on March 6, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Dhoni will be selecting the team for horses for courses. His horses will be always Jadeja, Harbajan WHY???

    Ridiculous to read the line that Harbhajan shown some improvement. He is playing his 100+ test not 5th or 10th test.

  • Nampally on March 6, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    @Jasonpete: Pl. read my teXt properly. I said Dhoni inherited top batsmen & Bowlers in form. As long as they performed, he won. The instant they failed, he could not improvise by developing new talent. When you drop your best spinner or best batsman in form, to make room for your favourites, you cannot win.That is the real issue here. A good Captain motivates the team & keeps them united by rewarding performing guys. Dhoni dropped Ojha who was the best bowler vs. England- why? To make room for non performing Bhaji. In ODI's, Indian batting was failing. The Selectors added Pujara, "the best batsman against England inTests", to the ODI squad to reinforce the batting. Dhoni instantly benched him.Please note my wording in quotations. Stop saying Pujara as "ODI debutant". He played 62 ODI's @ an average of 58. Playing against much weaker England bowling than in tests (he averaged 87 in Tests) is like piece of cake for him!. A good captain embraces talented guys in form NOT "Bench them"!

  • CRICKETXYZ on March 6, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    What is wickets?

    When the batting side players gets out,its termed as wicket gone,The maximum number of wickets in an innings taking both sides in hand , will be 20 out of 22 players .This is possible only if both teams gets all out..The Credit goes to the Bowler for taking that wicket, even though the other players in the team take catches.

    But to my Creative thinking ** WICKETS MEANS**

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    India Ireland ICC IPL Ist Class Cricket I Day International

    Canada

    Kenya Kerry Packers(Australia) Kiwis (New zealand). Kabulis (Afghanistan).

    England(British who invented Cricket) East Pakistan(Bangladesh)

    Toronto and District Cricket Association(Where I Play) Test matches T20 T20 international Tennis ball cricket

    South Africa Sri-Lanka Scotland State of Zimbabwe in the African continent States of America united (USA).

    In the above 16 top international teams are covered, with the other 1st class teams PLUS ALL FORMATS OF CRICKET;no copy**

  • jasonpete on March 6, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Posted by Nampally on (March 6, 2013, 14:03 GMT), simple question ,when the famed Indian batting order failed to perform both in Australia and England,what captain can do alone to win the games? First of all he is a wicket keeper batsmen and captain who comes to bat at no.7 ,how could he perform alone and win the games when india was shot out below 300 everytime?.Dont you think it's a team game and everyone needs to perform to win a test match.Clarke is a very good captain but look how he is struggling at the moment with this inexperienced batting line up in india? Captain alone can't win matches do they? Everyone needs to do their job from 1 to 11. Clarke is struggling after Hussey and Ponting retirement,where as Ponting too struggled after Hayden,Gilly and warne retirement. Captain is good as the team and it same for dhoni and ganguly.Pujara yet to debut in ODi match for india and you call him the best ODI batsmen.Hilarious.Dont jump the guns.Take it easy.

  • rohanblue on March 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    people talking abt gangulys record as captain outside subcontinent is great, ganguly only won 3 tests outside subcontinent(3 of them were against zimbabwe) 1 westindies, 1 england, 1 in australia, dhoni also won 3 tests outside subcontinent, 1 westindies, 1newzeland, 1 southafrica, if you think that viru, bhajji, yuvi, zak came under zaheer, then gambhir, raina, virat kohli, ashwin, umesh yadav, bhuvi, pujara all of them got chances under dhoni, even best time of sachin, kumble, srinath was under azhar, why dnt u give credit to azhar fr that? captains cn never create a plyaer, every individual makes his name fr himsef, no one else can do it fr the players........

  • Nampally on March 6, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    I appreciate the exchange between @AjuNair & @Nish_US. However I must confess Nish-US, is absolutely right & very much reflects the opinion of all unbiased Fans, incl. myself. I ask you sir, How can the only Indian bowler in top 10 of the world's Test Bowlers be dropped to make room for a washed out Harbhajan- who had the worst performance in all levels of Cricket in past 18 months? Not only that, MSD says he is "improving" with a total of 5 wkts. in 4 innings! Also there is absolutely no justification in dropping Pujara from 3 ODI's Vs. England, when Pujara was the best batsman against England in Tests with an average of 87. He silenced Dhoni emphatically with a double century-Class! Dhoni advises Clarke about NOT screaming - while he screamed at Pujara, the 12th man in the ODI, in full view of TV audience.MSD is irrational in selection of XI. He drops the "Best" bowler in Tests to make room for "worst"! He drops the best batsman in ODI's when the Indian batting is struggling - Pity!

  • SUNDHUR on March 5, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Well deserved achievement for Dhoni as the most successful test captain, which is another feather in his cap. Dhoni is mature, skillful and able to lead a team of experts and get work done. It is not easy to captain experienced players like Sachin, Sehwag, Bajji and others and still make them perform as a team with the youngsters being provided equal chance. He backs and encourages youngsters and has well defined preference for the team playing each format of the game. He has also been doing the thankless job of keeping the wickets, rescuing the team coming down the order to take on demanding situations and leading the side to glory in all formats of the game. He has to his credit trophies that no other captain has got to their country! Long live Dhoni and his contributions to Cricket!

  • salil247 on March 8, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    @ jasonpete - Amen. Finally a sane voice amidst a sea of bias.

  • panlv on March 7, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Nampally, tell me which captain past/current among all cricket playing countries when they loose 4-5 players within a span of year have won matches/series. Your post does make me think you just don't like dhoni and his captaincy. Dhoni might have input in team selection but the selectors make the decision on the final 11.

  • jasonpete on March 7, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Posted by Nampally on (March 6, 2013, 16:44 GMT), ok ,everyone knows why harbhjan picked in the first place and team management announced even two days before the first test that he will be playing his 100th test.You can see its not only dhoni decision to play him ,somehwere team official wants bhajji to complete the milestone.Many times dhoni didn't use him during England series and people were complaining that dhoni dont like harbhjan .Now When harbhjan picked in the squad ,they say he don't like Ojha.Its hard to please everyone as every Indian team members has their own fan base and they want their favourite star play to be in the team no matter what eg, sehwag.Team members needs to be in form and should perform,then only any captain in the world can have success by managing the available resources ,this is what Clarke is going through at the moment with his top order and out of form batsmen like Watson.Pujara yet to debut for india in ODI and his first class cricket don't count.

  • Prakmca on March 6, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Dhoni will be selecting the team for horses for courses. His horses will be always Jadeja, Harbajan WHY???

    Ridiculous to read the line that Harbhajan shown some improvement. He is playing his 100+ test not 5th or 10th test.

  • Nampally on March 6, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    @Jasonpete: Pl. read my teXt properly. I said Dhoni inherited top batsmen & Bowlers in form. As long as they performed, he won. The instant they failed, he could not improvise by developing new talent. When you drop your best spinner or best batsman in form, to make room for your favourites, you cannot win.That is the real issue here. A good Captain motivates the team & keeps them united by rewarding performing guys. Dhoni dropped Ojha who was the best bowler vs. England- why? To make room for non performing Bhaji. In ODI's, Indian batting was failing. The Selectors added Pujara, "the best batsman against England inTests", to the ODI squad to reinforce the batting. Dhoni instantly benched him.Please note my wording in quotations. Stop saying Pujara as "ODI debutant". He played 62 ODI's @ an average of 58. Playing against much weaker England bowling than in tests (he averaged 87 in Tests) is like piece of cake for him!. A good captain embraces talented guys in form NOT "Bench them"!

  • CRICKETXYZ on March 6, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    What is wickets?

    When the batting side players gets out,its termed as wicket gone,The maximum number of wickets in an innings taking both sides in hand , will be 20 out of 22 players .This is possible only if both teams gets all out..The Credit goes to the Bowler for taking that wicket, even though the other players in the team take catches.

    But to my Creative thinking ** WICKETS MEANS**

    West-Indies West Pakistan Womens Cricket World XI

    India Ireland ICC IPL Ist Class Cricket I Day International

    Canada

    Kenya Kerry Packers(Australia) Kiwis (New zealand). Kabulis (Afghanistan).

    England(British who invented Cricket) East Pakistan(Bangladesh)

    Toronto and District Cricket Association(Where I Play) Test matches T20 T20 international Tennis ball cricket

    South Africa Sri-Lanka Scotland State of Zimbabwe in the African continent States of America united (USA).

    In the above 16 top international teams are covered, with the other 1st class teams PLUS ALL FORMATS OF CRICKET;no copy**

  • jasonpete on March 6, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Posted by Nampally on (March 6, 2013, 14:03 GMT), simple question ,when the famed Indian batting order failed to perform both in Australia and England,what captain can do alone to win the games? First of all he is a wicket keeper batsmen and captain who comes to bat at no.7 ,how could he perform alone and win the games when india was shot out below 300 everytime?.Dont you think it's a team game and everyone needs to perform to win a test match.Clarke is a very good captain but look how he is struggling at the moment with this inexperienced batting line up in india? Captain alone can't win matches do they? Everyone needs to do their job from 1 to 11. Clarke is struggling after Hussey and Ponting retirement,where as Ponting too struggled after Hayden,Gilly and warne retirement. Captain is good as the team and it same for dhoni and ganguly.Pujara yet to debut in ODi match for india and you call him the best ODI batsmen.Hilarious.Dont jump the guns.Take it easy.

  • rohanblue on March 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    people talking abt gangulys record as captain outside subcontinent is great, ganguly only won 3 tests outside subcontinent(3 of them were against zimbabwe) 1 westindies, 1 england, 1 in australia, dhoni also won 3 tests outside subcontinent, 1 westindies, 1newzeland, 1 southafrica, if you think that viru, bhajji, yuvi, zak came under zaheer, then gambhir, raina, virat kohli, ashwin, umesh yadav, bhuvi, pujara all of them got chances under dhoni, even best time of sachin, kumble, srinath was under azhar, why dnt u give credit to azhar fr that? captains cn never create a plyaer, every individual makes his name fr himsef, no one else can do it fr the players........

  • Nampally on March 6, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    I appreciate the exchange between @AjuNair & @Nish_US. However I must confess Nish-US, is absolutely right & very much reflects the opinion of all unbiased Fans, incl. myself. I ask you sir, How can the only Indian bowler in top 10 of the world's Test Bowlers be dropped to make room for a washed out Harbhajan- who had the worst performance in all levels of Cricket in past 18 months? Not only that, MSD says he is "improving" with a total of 5 wkts. in 4 innings! Also there is absolutely no justification in dropping Pujara from 3 ODI's Vs. England, when Pujara was the best batsman against England in Tests with an average of 87. He silenced Dhoni emphatically with a double century-Class! Dhoni advises Clarke about NOT screaming - while he screamed at Pujara, the 12th man in the ODI, in full view of TV audience.MSD is irrational in selection of XI. He drops the "Best" bowler in Tests to make room for "worst"! He drops the best batsman in ODI's when the Indian batting is struggling - Pity!

  • Nampally on March 6, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Sharda, Most successful Captain for India should also be based on Losses rather than just wins.If you see the excellent stats. compiled by @memoriesofthepast, it is clear that Gavaskar with 8 losses out of 47 leads, with about 17% losses. Dhoni with 12 losses out of 45 has a 26.6% losses record & is 5th in all time losses as an India Captain - Ganguly, Kumble, Kapil & Gavaskar are all ahead of him. But the important point to note is when Dhoni took over the Captaincy, India had Gambhir, Sehwag as the best opening bats followed by Dravid, SRT & Laxman all in top form. Harbhajan & ZAK were still great bowlers too with lots of other bowlers chipping in. But the minute these great 5 batsmen & the 2 main bowlers started failing either due to injuries or age, Dhoni was an utter disaster with 1-11 record. He did not develop any new players.Pujara was forced upon him & MSD instantly benched him in 3 ODI's.Ojha is the latest benching victim.So in my opinion he is wrong man for Test captaincy!

  • shrastogi on March 6, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Dhoni is correct that issue of captaincy is overhyped. What is expected of the team is to asses its strengths and weaknesses and focus on winning. That Inida has won despite losing toss is creditable.The strengths are that except Sehwag everyone in top 6 has chipped in, Jadeja and Ashwin bowling well. The weakneess is there is no significant opening partnership and Harbhajan is subdued, also Jadeja needs to bat better. India needs to address these issues rather than get swayed by the wins. It would take another test win to seal the series. India is scoring and bowling well. So Dhoni hasnt suddenly produced the magic, its the team which is performing. When we lost 4-0 in australia in one test sehwag was captain and the forced change in leadership ddint bring change in fortune. So to blame Dhoni for those defeats was as bad. And in England and in Australia the team didnt need mentoring but over next few years young players would need grooming and thats the challenge for Dhoni.

  • TESTBEST on March 6, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    the only thing dhoni could have achieved- another feather in his cap- it might have been, as somebody suggested is dropping sachin from all formats 2 years back.. India needed to see Dravid and other performing players more than a redundant century maker.... Had he achieved that, I would've had no qualms in saying he's the most successful Indian Test captain. Dropping Sachin would've meant a clear message for other pokes like gambhir and sehwag that their place is not to be taken for granted.. people hate when there are 3-4 power centers in a 15 member squad- like they had in Australia.. where is sehwag here in press conferences?

  • GopiKothandapani on March 6, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    This is the poor indian fans mentality, forgetting 3 earlier test sereis loss and praising Dhoni for 2 test win.

  • nareshgb1 on March 6, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Dhoni's detachment and objectivity is admirable.

    But besides that, I totally agree with him - the whole captaincy thing is overhyped. Of late we have been mostly winning at home and losing miserably away - previously it used to be guranteed wins at home and some wins away. So really, its no big deal.

    We will never win away as long as we make these kind of wickets - I mean why do we even have Ishant Sharma in the team - to give support to Dhoni in some 3 hour 10th wicket stand? (the guy averages 70 in his last 8 test or so - talking about Ishant with the ball that is).

  • Aju.Nair on March 6, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @Nish_US..Ohja's case is different..Harbhajan was near to his 100th test and everyone in the team is expecting him to play a big role..Also it gives a psychological advantage too for the other team members..I agree with you Ohja was the best bowler in the last series...No doubt in Rohit Sharma's talent, but he lacks consistency...When he get dropped from the team again due to some good domestic performances he is making come back..what is harm in that...I too feel there are some good players who deserve a chance..rather than giving multiple chances, give chances to new players like Abhishek Nayar,Naman Ohja,Uday Kaul,Unmukt Chand....I dont know whether the IPL franchisee's has any role in team selection..but if there is some role, then it is unfair...India need good talents regardless of IPL franchise,state or any thing...Godspeed..

  • Fan1969 on March 6, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Captaincy is managing resources on hand. I judge Dhoni by his ability to manage youngsters and peers. He is an outstanding captain.

    Dhoni has helped Pujara, Kohli, Ashwin, Ojha and even Jadeja/Vijay (too early?) develop. He stuck to Pravin Kumar, Rohit, Vinay Kumar but let them go back to domestic cricket once they failed repeatedly. No one can fault Dhoni for the repeated chances to Bhajji, Zaheer, Sehwag and Gambhir.

    He had the courage to drop Dravid and Ganguly from ODIs in Australia and won the B&H trophy. He also led a young team to ODI series win in SL after Mendis/Murali won SL the Test series in 2008.

    What could Dhoni have done that Indian batting performed in TESTS over past 2 years? He gave Sehwag, Gambhir a long rope and he hoped that Sachin, Dravid and Laxman would perform.

    Meanwhile he got Kohli, Pujara and now Vijay to do well. Raina in ODIs is doing well. Ashwin was encouraged to come back after a poor Eng series. He now needs to take a call on Ishant - persist?

  • on March 6, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    The Aussies are looking much more vulnerable and are being totally outplayed . Though, it will be interesting to see how much of a fight can india put up in SA , because the way SA pacers are bowling , only nightmares can be predicted for team India .

  • kk777 on March 6, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    So this is what I get from the comments section of Cricinfo... Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman can only be praised by dishing Sachin. Similarly, Ganguly's captaincy can only be praised by dishing Dhoni. Come on guys, its the so called 'vociferous supporters' of Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman who are tarnishing their legacies.All three of them have contributed immensely to the Indian Cricket and they deserve to get the praises in their own right. Have some respect for them and you will automatically have respect for Sachin and Dhoni(After all, those three themselves have been all praises for these two and deservedly so)

  • on March 6, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Dhoni is diplomatic and philosophical as is his wont. As always very smart in handling the media with his quips. Dhoni knows well the same media glorifying him now since he is the most successful captain (at least in terms of wins), one away series disaster would bring down him and start questioning his tactics and leadership.

  • Nish_US on March 6, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @AjuNair

    Is that the only thing not unclear to you - Pujara in ODIs?

    How about Ojha not playing the test series, being the only Indian test bowler in the top 10, and the highest wicket taker in the recently concluded series..

    How about NOhit sharma finding a place in the team after 10+ <10 scores in the last 15 ODIs

    Once you can clarify these, I have about 20 odd that are very unclear..

  • Ganga789 on March 6, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Good that Dhoni is not forgetting SA series next. Where Pak have just been beaten to pulp. Right after this series ndia need a training/acclimatization program for SA pitches before the real game starts. So they can avoid a repeat of the disasters of the past

  • Aju.Nair on March 6, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Give Sehwag 1 more test, if he fails then consider Dhawan/Rahane.Please do not target Sehwag.as we all know he is a terrific player going through a tough phase in his career.I feel MSD is a good captain mainly for his on field behavior..I never saw him animated,screaming.He is always cool, and i am sure that behavior helped other team members.I still remember the first AUS series played in India when Dhoni took over the captaincy.In one of the post match presentation, someone asked Gambhir about the secret of his good consistent performance..Gambhir replied that it is the security that Dhoni gives is the secret helped him to perform.If he fails in 4 or 5 innings also the security that Dhoni gives helped him to perform.also patience.this is something what Kohli should learn from Dhoni.and I personally feel the next captain should have to be Pujara.Pujara is a hard worker,cool and a brilliant player.It is still unclear that why Dhoni didnt give chance to Pujara last ODI series.Godspeed.

  • on March 6, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Dhoni is the bast Indian captain ever for all 3 format of the game. Don't put any comparison. The test team is going under a change. So few bad series are expected. But that doesn't mean our test cricket capabilities are gone. As per as overseas performance logic is concerned, I believe apart from recent performance by English team, at least in recent history none of the out of sub continent teams are comfortable in playing in this part, and reverse is true for the sub continent team. Occasionally, we see few test wins in adverse condition by any team. But that never happened, and will never happen.

  • Ashishks_singh on March 6, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    I do not understand why people keep saying Ganguly made the team all the time. No doubt Dada was a great leader, He brought different parameter to Indian cricket by his aggressive captaincy. But you cannot keep comparing Dhoni to Ganguly all the time. When Ganguly became captain..He had sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Srinath, Prasad nearly the half of the team had the legends of the Indian cricket. If Ganguly got youngsters like Bhajji, sehwag, zaheer then Dhoni got youngsters like Pujara, Vijay, Kohli, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar, Praveen kumar, Ishant Sharma, Raina,Jadeja.

    If any one feels ganguly made the building blocks for indian cricket then people should also look into the current team what Dhoni has.

    Ganguly had the much experienced players under him and Dhoni has the youngsters under him. Just enjoy the success of the team and show you support when they are down no matter whoz the captain as at the end it's India who wins and loses the match and we are all INDIANS.

  • Nish_US on March 6, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Enjoy the present... then who will endure the suffering of the 8-0 losses in the recent past... or the 2-1 defeat on home soil.. How did you enjoy during those days? Did you die a thousand deaths every day then, IF NO, then you have no right to enjoy these couple of wins

  • satishchandar on March 6, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    @ ProdigyA : What do u really mean by saying Viru or Yuvi or Bhajji a contribution to Indian cricket? It is THEIR TALENT that won games for Dada and not the other way. They just made debut in Dada's captaincy. If they are product of Dada, then Kohli, Pujara, Ashwin, Rahane and countess players who might succeed in future are products of Dhoni? All these guys contributed by Dada were good in domestic circuit and that got them that place in the team and were successful. Give credit to the guys and no to Dada entirely.

  • Nampally on March 6, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    It is strange to see Dhoni being asked for his advise to Clarke! Nobody asked Clarke to give Dhoni any advise during the Aussie tour when India was in a similar 0-2. The facts are simple. Aussies batting or bowling has not adapted themselves to the spinning conditions just like India did not in Australia against Pace. Adaptability is the Key requirement. England after losing first test changed their XI by including Panesar & Swann. It was India who failed to adapt & ended up losing 0-3! Pujara was the only guy who played them well but he was a victim of poor Umpiring twice. Only Test India won vs. England was because of Pujara's double century/ Even now if the Aussies counter with 2 spinners & their batting adapts to the spinning conditions. OZ victory is possible. In SA, India has to adapt to the bouncy conditions otherwise they will be whitewashed. Pujara is not watching media channels but merely stating facts regards his own need to adapt to overseas conditions to be successful.

  • BoseDeeKay on March 6, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    Something's really not right when 95% of the cricket loving people think differently from Mr. Dhoni on Sehwag, Bhajji and Ishant. It's high time we infuse fresh blood and build on the team to claim the #1 spot. Sehwag, Bhajji & Ishant need to be replaced by Shikar, Ojha and Shami/Pankaj no doubt but Sachin needs to make way for Ajinkya Rahane. Mr. Tendulkar needs to retire ASAP. Not sure what is he still waiting for. He has provided some great service to Indian cricket and that is very well appreciated. But considering the future of Indian cricket, I feel he should hang up his boots and not selfishly hang around until people start cursing him. Someone needs to tell these cricketers to read the comments posted by the fans. Perhaps that will allow them to re-evaluate themselves and make their own well informed decisions unless they are thick skinned. What's Mr. Dhoni gonna do next? Bring in Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina and Zaheer into the Test team? Let them stick to IPL!

  • on March 6, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Congrats to MSD for this achievement. Guys, you need to understand favoritism to certain players has always been there in any team sports. In Ganguly's case,he supported Bhaji, Viru, Yuvaraj, Parthiv & Zaheer but players like Aakash, Murali Kathik, Dinesh Karthik, Anil Kumble (to an extent), Sanjay Bangar with decent record, didn't receive such support. They could have made the difference had he believed much more in their abilities.Before John Wright, we all know WK position was of captain choice from S. Diege, S.Karim to MSK. Understand, had Sehwag failed at opening then Ganguly would have been criticized too, similar to case of Joe Root with Cook now. MS's liking to Jadeja, Vijay & Ashwin can be associated with CSK but understand old horse Badri (with better record) doesn't get same support coz MS believes he doesn't make the cut..Same with Tiwary.Case with Rohit is unique coz of his consistent returns to team. My only advice do not pick Rohit for 1 year, then u will c difference

  • on March 6, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Some people saying MSD is a bad captain is wrong. It takes a lot to be captain, and he has done a good job. Yes ENG & AUS tour were really bad, and the recent ENG series I think he had lost his mojo, but right now, in this test series I have seen him animated which I have not seen before, which is a great plus. Also, Dhoni & team India success came when GG, Viru, n SRT all won consecutively the player of the year awards. They were prolific. those were also the best times of GG n Virus batting career. Zaheer was one of the best in the world, ISHANT took wickets, Bhaaji was the bhaaji of old. Dravid n Laxman were scoring well. His entire team had great form, no doubt.

    For example, Ricky Ponting was an attacking captian, but he had the worlds best bowlers n team to make it easier for him. McGrath, Warne, Gillespe? thats a line up to die for. Hayden, langer, himself, Gilly, Martyn, Clarke. Thats a good team. what happned to ponting when they all left...

    MSD is a GOOD captain

  • Vicchu on March 6, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    I completely agree with Jiss Janar. and itstheway. in that MSD has a unique way of doing things that may not be well understood by many outside the cricketing world. Hence, direct comparison with dada is completely unreasonable and unfair to both. In also that, some players who perform good now whom many say were groomed under Ganguly. I do not understand the basis of such a debate. As cricketers (read professionals) they are supposed to and should do that. If not, they will be removed from the team (it is that simple). FYI: MSD also played his part in finding and nurturing many talents, but in his own way. The issue of favorability for CSK members also seems flawed, given the intuitive nature of his decisions and a player is not single-handedly chosen to play for a national team by a captain alone. He can shortlist a few but all those must be put under vote before a panel. Given all this, I will agree with MSD-- do not overhype anything now, but enjoy the moment, guys !!!

  • sthanamN on March 5, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    OMG, when are we Indians going to learn to enjoy winning a test match? We crib crib and crib. If we win it is Dhoni's fault, and if we loose it is Dhoni's fault.

  • Reverse_Bat on March 5, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Where is Zaheer Khan? seems like he will be hanging his boots very soon. Atleast BCCI should have brought him in the commentary Box.

  • Nampally on March 5, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    I dom't think Dhomi's captaincy needs to "iver-hyped". He is coming into this Test series with 1-11 record. MSD had the pitch favouring his spinners against a batting which was all at sea & totally inexperienced against spin. Also Vijay & Pujara came out with 370 run record partnership to put India in a winning position. 2 Bowlers who rose well above expectations were B.Kumar & R.Jadeja. But one may argue when the best Indian spinner was dropped, it may have given the Aussies more runs than with Ojha in the side. So on the negative side, Dhoni's irrational selection of XI has destroyed the hearts of many youngsters. At a time where the team is rebuilding, Dhoni needs to be encouraging youth rather than persist with his favourite Harbhajan- past his best. He is now guaranteed free run for the next 2 Tests with a total tally of 5 wkts. in 2 Tests. Amazing what some guys get away with. Hopefully the Selectors will drop Bhaji from squad, so that the best India spinner Ojha gets into XI

  • gsreddy851 on March 5, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    To me a greatest captain is one who picks players and give them confidence that they can be match winners... And what makes DADA the greatest Indian captain is ....his can do attitude,commitment and his faith in his players ,he hand-picked players like Viru ,Yuvi, Bhajji, Zaheer, Irfan... . He backed these players even when they were out of form made sure they perform . With Dhoni prefers use and throw policy, Sreesanth , Praveen kumar , Munaf Patel , Zaheer , Ojah, Balaji, and Yusuf the list goes on... Dhoni was just lucky to captain the best indian side but sourav made the best indian side..sourav was realistic captain unlike dhoni who believes in his gut feeling..not that anybody can take away anything from dhoni..but sourav taught india to win..he bought in the talents which includes dhoni....

  • TRAM on March 5, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Wow, I didn't realize the brilliance of Dhoni in using Ishant. Ishant is the Sandpaper of the team!!!! He can remove the shine of the ball so spinners can take care of the bowling department! Very useful indeed.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 5, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Congratulations to Dhoni on becoming the most successful captain. But I thought it is amusing that he has advice for Pujara and not for Australia. Pujara is the consummate professional who takes pride in performing well in alien conditions. Dhoni's advice to Pujara is misplaced and sounds very defensive, possibly because Dhoni has an abysmal overseas record as a batsman and as a captain.

    On a different note I'm glad to note that Pujara's injury was the hamstring and not a recurrence of the knee injury. Way to go Pujara.

  • on March 5, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    india will lose the next two matches or draw one of them if they keep playing sehwag,harbhajan and ishant sharma

  • Aashishk3 on March 5, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Haha that's true but you take what life gives you. For Dhoni life gave him a tree and what else can he do other than enjoy the fruits!!! Just take it easy on Dhoni ... In reply to:

    Posted by Dhiraj Menon on (March 5, 2013, 17:55 GMT) .dada build d tree an dhonis jst njoyin d fruits of it !!!

  • nyc_missile on March 5, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Thanks Dhoni for accepting what I have been saying all along,you & your successes were/are over-hyped when compared to Ganguly.It would be better if you also accept responsibilities and hand in humiliating defeats abroad too.Why don't you do that,eh? Also enjoy your moment under the Sun coz its going to get hot under the collar in SA 'IF' you go there as captain i.e. I sincerely hope not.

  • Alexk400 on March 5, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    He is poor captain but great leader. He was gunning for sehwag for long time. I think sehwag will be dropped from TESTS next two matches.

  • on March 5, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    @aditya bhargava...Dhoni finds players from all over India????...then how come the players who are getting the most chances than deserving players are playing for CSK....do u think that Jadeja would play instead of Ojha(who was the oly bright spot in the England series) if he was not from CSK....Dhoni had Zaheer at his Peak...Sachin's most prolific year (reads 2010) was under his captaincy, Dravid, laxman and Sehwag too were at their best....even Bhajji picked five-fors when needed...

  • on March 5, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Captaincy in cricket is such an overrated term. Dhoni may not possess all the qualities and tactical ability to be a great "Captain", but he sure has some great values as a leader of men. To compare him to Ganguly is unfair not only to him but to Ganguly too. We need to understand both are different individuals and has different ways of doing things on a cricket field. All the talk about team created by Ganguly is all rubbish.His most influential players(dravid,sachin,kumble,laxman) came to the test side alongside or before him.Only players whom he could claim as ones he brought in are Sehwag,harbhajan singh and Zaheer khan and both these players where nearing end of their careers when team is is turned over to Dhoni. Even if you take those players it is quite unfair to attribute their success as players to Ganguly . It would be like attributing ashwin's/kohli's success to Dhoni. I am happy Dhoni has realised this and credited his team for his success and rightly so

  • Temuzin on March 5, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Posted by Dhiraj Menon on (March 5, 2013, 17:55 GMT) .dada build d tree an dhonis jst njoyin d fruits of it !!!

    YUP MAN keep going...

  • itsthewayuplay on March 5, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    There are a lot of misinformed comments comparing the captaincy's of MSD and Saurav Ganguly. Dada took over when Indian cricket was at a low after a series of match-fixing scandals and selection was based on either regionalism or if you had paid your way up through the system. Indian cricket needed someone like Dada then and he chose the players he wanted based on merit and fused the backbone of the team - Dravid Tendulkar Laxman Zaheer and Kumble. By the time Dhoni took over the reins, Indian cricket was big business and he faced, and still does, an entirely different set of challenges and not least that a lot of players today and their parents don't care about playing for the country, all they want is a contract with an IPL franchise. In Dada's time it was all about playing tests and ODIs. Very similar to Nasser Hussain taking the captaincy with England and Strauss taking it to the next level. They were different times that required different styles of captaincy.

  • on March 5, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Dhoni, you may have not been at your best against England, because they did not let you be at your best. The way Cook and Pietersen were smacking your hapless bowlers around the country for 4's and 6's would cause damage to any country. The way Anderson, Finn, Swann and Panasar were bowling accurately and with discipline was always going to test batsman who have no patience or form.

    So, please do not fool yourself into thinking that the loss was an abberation or anything else like that. No, you still have areas to look into, good oppostion will apply more pressure next time, keep working!

  • samincolumbia on March 5, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    'Harbhajan has shown improvement' - Dhoni. Let's see zero wickets as a bowler and zero runs as a batsman. I guess he is still learning like Sir Ishant Sharma. Where is Umesh? Still injured? He and Kumar can be a deadly combo.

  • Nish_US on March 5, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    What has Jadeja done as a batsman in the two tests so far? As a bowler, could he have achieved more than Ojha?

    If indeed you can only have one left arm spinner, it SHOULD be Ojha. Harbhajan "imporving" is hilarious

  • Nish_US on March 5, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Congrats Dhoni! Great Achievement.

    You will be more successful if you

    1. Curb your favoritism and stop selecting players that do not deserve to be in the team like Sir Jadeja, Nohit Sharma 2. Stop obstructing talented players like Pujara (ODIs against quality teams), Tiwari, Ojha, 3. Yes, you do not have to shout at your players, but you can just be dumb and calm and expect miracles to happen. When things are not going your way, get the seniors in the team involved, talk to bowlers what they want to try, be strategic, change the fields, DO SOMETHING, than cry excuses after excuses...Look at Clarke after two defeats, he said not a single word about Ponting or Hussey or Watson's inability to bowl or Beer's fitness issues or the Ugly pitch

  • on March 5, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    I really can't understand why people are giving so much hype to Ganguly's 11 tests wins on foreign pitches. FOR YOUR KIND INFORMATION, OUT OF THOSE 11 WINS, 6 CAME AGAINST BANGLADESH & ZIMBABWE. This is the test record. Lets talk about ODIs. Ganguly's ODI captaincy win record on foreign pitches is very very very very poor than DHONI's ODI CAPTAINCY RECORD ON FOREIGN PITCHES........ Under Dhoni in ODIs on foreign pitches, India beat srilanka in 3 bi-lateral series, won CB series in Australia, beat NZ, WI in bilateral series. How many ODI series India won under Ganguly on foreign pitches? 2002 tri-nation series held in England & Champions Trophy (that was shared between Sri Lanka & India).

  • on March 5, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    This has not been new for them right. All of them performed exceptionally well against NZ,WI and now AUS..Probably this has to be the worst ever Aus team to have toured India in the last 15 years.Against quality opposition, we saw the result against England..and that trend would continue in SA and AUS as well..

  • on March 5, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    @rajan krishnan...well mr rajan...I guess 22 wins doesnt make dhoni better than ganguly..stats r jst numbers...well then tel me y do commentators an players around d cricketin world talk bot Ganguly the captain more than Ganguly the player?????...dhoni I agree is a good captain..but dat doesnt make him 1 better than ganguly..as I said b4 winning against weak australian side is easy wid half of them debutin..its easy...jst put dis same team against d likes of mcgrath an warne in any pitch...im sure india wud hv lost it in 3 days.

  • on March 5, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Dhoni has done wel in INDIAN conditions... DADA had done wel in overseas. After all they both played for INDIA. They captained INDIA and made the team win in every aspect. So we shldnt b bother abt who is da best captain... We should be proud that they made our team win.. that is INDIA. Never compare always appreciate...

  • on March 5, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @cricketsunami.....lol..dude I think sum tsunami has really hit u bad..lol..its really diffcuilt 2 build a team an than 2 get well established team...I agree that dhonis a good captain an player has well...an he has won the worldcup as well 4 us..but plus get dis in ur head..half of d players whi whr in dat worldcup winnin team or when v bcame no 1 in tests..whr d ones who vr in dadas team...dada build d tree an dhonis jst njoyin d fruits of it !!!

  • on March 5, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    i hate how people keep talking bad things about MSD when he loses and when he wins. in the end...cricket is cricket...where ever you play it or whenever you play it OR however you play it...cricket remains cricket so regardless of wins at home or away...india still won this game so stop talking bad things because you only show hate towards a indian victory when half of you support india in the first place...shouldn't you all be saying...well done india and MSD for winning and reaching a milestone?

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on March 5, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    The biggest achievement of Dhoni is winning two world titles in Limited Overs Format. Something which Ganguly was not able to do. Although he was mighty close of winning one in 2003. Dhoni is very good captain when it comes to limited overs. For that he has an edge on Ganguly.. However Ganguly captained a team which had won tests outside sub continent, in that comparison Ganguly is better.

  • UnwedUnfed on March 5, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Getting carried away over these two wins is extremely premature. The gaping holes in the Indian team still exist and won't just disappear after thrashing a poor Aus side. 1) The openers are a big problem - Vijay is a walking waft to slip on any kind of helpful pitch, and Sehwag/Gambhir have lost it. May be time to blood Rahane/Rayudu and hope for the best. 2) Bhuvi seems a good prospect, but it's time to end the Ishant experiment. "Heart" and "effort" can only take you so far. If fit, it has to be Umesh/Bhuvi/Praveen and maybe Zaheer/Sreesanth if they can eke a couple more series out. Also, if Irfan reclaims some of his lost arts and can be used as a 3rd seamer (on for Jadeja abroad) that will be great. 3) Harbhajan has to be put out to pasture - if he can't get anyone out on these pitches (or indeed in domestic cricket) then surely the prospect of facing Amla and co. on SA pitches should not be even considered. 4) Get in a few prospects for SRT, but for God's sakes, not Rohit Sharma!

  • Temuzin on March 5, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Posted by Dhiraj Menon on (March 5, 2013, 16:54 GMT) @EVERYONE whos has commented here...SOURAV GANGULY has always been the Best captain..no 1 ever can take the credit away from him..look at d difference in era...look at d players dat other teams had..eg Australia Srilanka Pakistan..all had legends like Ricky Sanath Akram...an it was gangulys young team dat posted a challenge an won games not just in INDIA but abroad as well..if GANGULYS captaincy has 21 test wins its mostly away..DHONI has lost 4-0 2 australia in aus..4-0 to england..v lost 2 PAKISTAN here...and v won jst 2 tests against a week AUSTRALIAN side ever 2 tour India..It was ganguly under whom INDIA knew how to look eye 2 eye to the other teams...dhonis lucky 2 have players who vr at their peak.

    YEAH MAN, Gangully had all worst and out of form players in the team and still won. YOU are a genius to have figured that out lol...

  • cricketanand12 on March 5, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    @satishchandar ,you took name of saha dk and gautam.Come on yaar,saha is good wicketkeeper batsman but for countries like bangladesh,wi,ireland,scotland and asscoiate countries,may be forr si tests but to play for india,you need exceptional talent with exceptional record.dhoni is playing because he is captain and before 2 matches,his peformance was ave. ,dinesh karthik is perofrming very well so he must be given a chance.But the standout batsman and wicketkeeper throughout the ranji season was cm gautam,two big double hundreds,man he has ability to stay a long time on crease.Then workload of dhoni will decrease and he an rise his ave in odis form 52 to60 and make atlest a single fifty in t20s

  • on March 5, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Dear Dhiraj Menon, Shouting in Capital letters won't change statistics. According to Statistics Ganguly was the best Test captain till the day before yesterday. According to the same type of statistics Dhoni is the best Test captain since yesterday.

  • on March 5, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    @EVERYONE whos has commented here...SOURAV GANGULY has always been the Best captain..no 1 ever can take the credit away from him..look at d difference in era...look at d players dat other teams had..eg Australia Srilanka Pakistan..all had legends like Ricky Sanath Akram...an it was gangulys young team dat posted a challenge an won games not just in INDIA but abroad as well..if GANGULYS captaincy has 21 test wins its mostly away..DHONI has lost 4-0 2 australia in aus..4-0 to england..v lost 2 PAKISTAN here...and v won jst 2 tests against a week AUSTRALIAN side ever 2 tour India..It was ganguly under whom INDIA knew how to look eye 2 eye to the other teams...dhonis lucky 2 have players who vr at their peak...like GAMBHIR and RAINA..infact SEHWAGS ones has said in an INTERVIEW that it was GANGULY WHO RECOMMENDED JOHN WRIGHT 2 HAVE 2 LOOK AT AN UPCOMING TALENT CALLED DHONI...DADA has always been known for his AGGRESSIVE CAPTAINCY..which was lacking big time in the INDIAN TEAM..DADA rocks!!

  • Jayakrishna87 on March 5, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    True Dhoni, your captaincy Success is over hyped.Your just won 22 tests out of which 17 were won on Indian soil. Dada count is only 10.After all a record is a record.You need to win at least one test match in countries like OZ,SA,Eng,NZ from now and can say happily your one of the best test captains.Hands down your the best captain in One day and T20 as of now.

  • Sathish.Velu on March 5, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    @ProdigyA, lol, you are a real joke dude, Do you forget Pujara, Raina, Ashwin, Ojha, Umesh, Rahane, Vijay (now) etc, anyway players are selected by BCCI and selectors, dont be so biased, Dhoni is the all time greats in captaining India, Why you are so obsessed with Jadeja, haven't you seen his performances in this test series and England ODI series, get life dude, dont't bash some player, because he is bashed by some other guys, he will be a great player sooner or later, haven't you seen the Clarke's dismissal in 2nd innings still you are talking about Jadeja, i know you guys very well, you need Jaffer, Gambhir, sehwag, Rayudu, Rahane etc mainly Mumbai/Delhi players in squad always, get some fresh air dude, then you will be fine.

  • SamRoy on March 5, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    For all those who think Ganguly or Dhoni were best Indian Captains, I think they are sorely mistaken. India's best captain was MAK Pataudi, by a country-mile. Sub-continent's best captain, though, is Imran Khan, again by a country mile (second best Ranatunga).

  • itsthewayuplay on March 5, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Congratulations to Dhoni but these last 2 victories have to be taken with so much salt, you're bp's going off the scale. A pitch specifically doctored to negate Australia's pacemen and Dhoni's double was the difference between the sides in the first tests. In this test, 9 wickets fell for 133 runs and only the partnership of 370 put India in a strong position. Ashwin looks a different bowler than against England and Jadeja has surprised everyone with his bowling and he not Harbarjan has been the second spinner so far. India may not have played well against England but it was the best they could do and were allowed to do by the opposition. Selection continues to be an issue for India with Sehwag, Tendulkar and Harbarjan being rewarded for years of consistent under-performance. Is MSD really going to take these 3 to SA?

  • InsideHedge on March 5, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Interesting insight from Dhoni on yesterday's last session - getting as many overs as poss to soften the ball. Always good to read about employed tactics, it gives us a better appreciation of the team's effort.

    Also, reading his comments, one has to assume that the selectors will continue with Bhajji for the next two Tests. I'll have to delay my farewell to him, perhaps it's Ojha that will be wondering about his future. If he can't get a game in India, he's got no chance outside Asia esp on the tour to SA. Will the BCCI allow Ojha to find an English county in the next few weeks? Unlikely given the current spat between the BCCi and ECB.

  • NP_NY on March 5, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    @kadampan: Really? Everyone of the players you named are batsmen. What about the bowling department. Ganguly had Srinath, Zaheer, Kumble and an in-form Harbhajan. He also had most of the batsmen you mentioned - Sachin, Laxman, Dravid and Sehwag. So let's give credit where it is due. Sure, Ganguly was a great captain and started the turn-around for India, but Dhoni is a better captain as the stats suggest.

  • on March 5, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    @ Prodigy A and all who say Ganguly contribution as Zaheer, Harbajan etc. I acknowledge that fact. But Dhoni's contributions are Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and he is not even regionalistic, he find players from all round the country. So no one brings these player Captain just supports them which Dhoni is doing and have found really good players.

  • mathewjohn2176 on March 5, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Posted by remnant on (March 5, 2013, 15:35 GMT, well said.Its been a same comical story with some fans that ganguly brought yuvi ,Kaif,so and so.Then ganguly itself brought by azharuddin. .Even bhajji played under azhar.Sachin,dravid,laxman and Kumble are all individually talented players and was in team for a very long period due to their own talent and not because of ganguly captaincy..@ prodigyA, so if i go by your language ,then give credit to dhoni for kohli and pujara as these two came under dhoni along with your selected names.

  • on March 5, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    well said @CricketFollowers. Every team is bound to go on a winning streak at some point of time. This will also be followed by a sudden loosing streak. But what matters is not how u perform abroad or at home. All that matters is after a consecutive set of defeats, how well u stand up and face the situation.

    Our team has shown that it can bury the humiliation of past losses and start afresh. Kudos to Team India for that. Regarding BEST EVER CAPTAIN FOR INDIA...Numbers say a lot. So I'll better go with the numbers. M.S Dhoni is my favorite Indian cricketer. So in future if some other captain accomplishes Dhoni's feat, I have no problem in that person being called Best Captain Ever...

  • Mitch1066 on March 5, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Well as Englishman you got give praise when it needed and. Dhoni stats speak for themselves he has being strong captain for India .

  • guptakapil13 on March 5, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Please if we want to win close matches based on strength of spin, we need some good close in catching fielders. We dropped so many sharp chances, which should have been picked up by close in fielders. Our spinners will not look threatening unless we start picking those sharp chances...

  • jasonpete on March 5, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Posted by ProdigyA on (March 5, 2013, 15:11 GMT), oops ,you forgot to mention kohli,pujara under dhoni captaincy and ganguly under azhar captaincy.Selective memory loss.

  • samincolumbia on March 5, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Ganguly was over hyped and over rated. The only players who he supported were those who sucked up to him. He was mentally weak and his batting was good only for the sub continent, except for the odd innings overseas. Dhoni is the best!!

  • on March 5, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    To all Armchair critics (or who thinks they have the greatest cricket mind)

    Please read the article, understand it clearly then comment. It is really pathetic to see ill informed comments.

    Most of the comments doesn't have a basic civility, constructive criticism is acceptable. Most of the comments are silly it is like a parent who loves one child more than the other and doesn't stand if the least loved child perform well over the loved one and always try to dig to find out a silly point to criticize the least favored even in their achievements.

    Dhoni has more wins than any other guys who captained India before, he had a best team or not or a weak touring team, etc that is secondary. Please give where credit is due.

    It is easy to sit in an arm chair in the comfort of our homes and say whatever we please but when it comes to execution in the middle it is all different things.

  • on March 5, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    In India Jadeja will perform but in overseas he will not, we have to find a fast bowling alrounder like Irfan Pathan to be in team so that we can win oversees also. If not we will lose outside and win at home only bcoz of underprepared pitches

  • remnant on March 5, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    @ProdigyA, Its a bit childish to credit captians for the players the way you and many others credit Ganguly for Zaheer, Dhoni etc. Well if that is the case, then what about Azhar who brought Dravid and Ganguly? Players select themselves on their own steam, on the mettle of their performances, though some do persist due to favoritism, as some are in the current squad, however captains being credited for other players is stretching the point.

  • gsingh7 on March 5, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    dada was surpassed by dhoni when india won world cup. recent 8-0 losses in 2011 tarnished his image but still dhoni is better captain than dada. being cool headed is one of best trait to have for a captain . dada wud usually boil over in crisis. dhoni keeps a lid on. dhoni is the man.

  • remnant on March 5, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Jaffer should be played in the next test, irrespective of whether he is in the squad or not, as he should be part of SA series. That series will see India encounter stiff pace and bounce, from the lanky pacers and techincally sound operers are needed. The way Sehwag is deteriorating, its just a matter of time, before he fades away, and an abysmal series agianst SA can only accelerate that for him!

  • satishchandar on March 5, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    @ cricketanand12 : Dhoni never mentioned he will retire from tests in 2013. He will make any decision after 2013 and if needed he will retire from one format other than ODI. Dhoni in current form - ODI against Englnad and Pakistan and now in these 2 tests deserves place in the team more than anyone in the nation. There are 3 WK who are in as good form as Gautam and more experienced in Saha, DK and Parthiv.

  • satishchandar on March 5, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    @ collosalcricketer & others who feel Dhoni commented wrong about Pujara's statement : Let us look the whole picture. Pujara actually himself mentioned he will judge himself when he plays abroad which is fair. But what Dhoni said is, you scored runs in present. Enjoy the present. Scoring abroad is entirely a different concept actually. I would say Pujara is a bit modest in saying he need to prove in overseas conditions. But as a captain, Dhoni just mentioned him to be happy with his current performance and worry rate the overseas performance later. Had Dhoni said "Yes. Pujara will be rated ONLY after he performs abroad", it would have been bad. I don't see anything wrong in what Dhoni mentioned here. In fact, he spoke very well on this occasion..

  • ProdigyA on March 5, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Most successful Captain?

    Saurav's contribution to Indian cricket - Viru, Yuvi, Bhajji, Zak, and ofcourse Dhoni himself.

    Dhoni Contribution - Sir R Jadeja, NoHit Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Sir R Jadeja, RP Singh, Sir R Jadeja, NoHit Sharma and of course Sir R Jadeja.

  • wake_up_india on March 5, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Completely agree with SamRoy. Dhoni is a fine gentleman and a very talented player but fails as a captain on two major fronts: inspiring passion in the team and real time strategizing on the field. Nevertheless, as fans, let's savour the moment but not forget that this Indian team has major systemic flaws that need to be fixed if it is to go to the next level, including: team selection not based objectivity and a lack of players who can play and deliver real pace. The latter needs long term commitment from BCCI, which unfortunately is not on its radar screen as it generates little monetary payback in India. Occasional drubbings abroad don't hurt the BCCI financially.

  • on March 5, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    @collosalcricketer oh boy, you have an attitude problem. Or is that being little mentally challenged! Either way deserves our sympathy. haha

  • Temuzin on March 5, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Posted by kadampan on (March 5, 2013, 14:19 GMT) Congratulations Dhoni. How did he achieve this? He was caption when Gambir and Sewag were in form and Great 4 Dravid, Sachin, Saurav and Lakshman were playing. That was most fearsome batting order to any opposition. Dhoni was caption of best Indian team. Ganguly was best Indian caption.

    Then why blame Dhoni for the 8-0 losses. weren't your great players playing in the team which lost 8-0 in England and Australia?

  • NCP1 on March 5, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Dhoni has finally turned the corner as far as his batting and captaincy is concerned, he is still very young and improving. South Africa may be a place he can change his fortune but it will depend on the team's performance. This Australian team looks the weakest to tour India in recent times and the Indian team is recovering from a low point of loosing to England and Pakistan. Pujara looks good along with Virat. Murali will have to be consistent and the opening slot is still open for grab. Buvneswar will prove to be an asset abroad. Good luck to Dhoni for rebuilding team India.

  • Temuzin on March 5, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    No matter what Dhoni said, with this win he settled two scores. First he is the best captain India ever had. And to quote boycott: India are damn lucky to have dhoni" Second when Ex chief selector Srikanth who said he doesn't deserve a place in test squad, Dhoni mesmerized everybody with his blistering 224, the highest by any test captain in the Indian history. BTW Srikanth averaged only ~29 in test and ODI and he was calling Dhoni who averaged close to 40 in test and over 50 in ODI not fit for the test. What an irony.

  • ListenToMe on March 5, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Dhoni cannot accept Pujara's attitude because Dhoni himself can't perform well overseas. There are a lot of batsmen in the current Indian team who can't do well overseas. So if you are happy with your current win, you are going to suffer when you go overseas.

  • Naresh28 on March 5, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    For us as indian fans its a pleasure to see a gutsy display by our team. At the end of the day it does not matter if they win or lose - just enjoy the game and give your best shot. When they toured abroad there was too much capitulation. Fans were losing faith now at home we have regained some lost ground. We were mocked by some that we could not even compete with Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

  • on March 5, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Dhoni said "India had lifted itself off from the series loss against England by putting in an all-round effort in all disciplines." Guys like Ashwin, & Jadeja (and even Dhoni in his batting, but in his keeping) showed a lot of improvement. But, is that comment applicable to Nawab Virender Sehwag? Certainly not. I would be surprised (nay, shocked) to find his name in the team for the next two tests!

  • colossalcricketer on March 5, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    @satishchandar You sound logical mate about forgetting the 8-0 loss but then why is Dhoni whining against Pujara ? If he wants to rate himself on overseas performance, he should encourage him ? That's not the type of attitude you associate with the Indian Cricket Team captain ? Correct me if I am wrong ?

  • Sir.Eric.Cartman on March 5, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Congrats to Dhoni & Co. :), well played guys.

  • SamRoy on March 5, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    This is why I like Dhoni so much. Such a grounded guy. I still hate his test captaincy though. Too defensive and lets the game drift.

  • kadampan on March 5, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Congratulations Dhoni. How did he achieve this? He was caption when Gambir and Sewag were in form and Great 4 Dravid, Sachin, Saurav and Lakshman were playing. That was most fearsome batting order to any opposition. Dhoni was caption of best Indian team. Ganguly was best Indian caption.

  • colossalcricketer on March 5, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Dhoni is one of the worst captains India has ever had. He had the fantastic 5 who used to force victory ... He's such a irresponsible person and on top of that he has decided to put aside the 8-0 overseas loss India has had so easily ? Is that the right attitude ? If a batsman is saying that he would rate himself on how he does overseas then a captain should encourage him rather that chiding him. He maybe a great ODI and t20 player and can be persisted with in the Test lineup but he is not a responsible captain for sure ! Somehow India seems to have lost the habit of winning overseas... :( Anyhow let's rejoice until we can ! :)

  • rohanblue on March 5, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    before being a great cricketer, dhoni is a great human being, confident, cool headed, never afraid of losing, always focuses on d positive even in bad times, thats why he is d best indian captain ever, god bless MSD.............

  • AMAZINGFAN on March 5, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    dhoni always gets right and he shud ignore his critics as they r just jealous of his success and some indian fans too who don't give due respect to dhoni who is arguably the greatest indian captain ever.....TAKE A BOW MSD

  • on March 5, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    I love Sehwag but I think he needs to go. We need to groom new openers and now is the time. I also think the same way about Harbhajan. Loved his fight in the past and which Indian can forget what he did in Kolkata. However, we don't need to play two off-spinners and Ashwin is doing very well. Pick a spinner other than an off spinner.

  • satishchandar on March 5, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    @deb-61 : So, how long are we going to sing the 8-0? And for everything? Yes 8-0 is the worst result a team can have. I do agree to it wholeheartedly. The main culprits in that, the batsmen and 5 of them are out now. Raina,Yuvi no more in contention for no.6, Dravid, VVS retired, Gambhir dropped nad Viru to be dropped, Zak dropped, Bhajji holding the place because of too many lefties in Aussie team, Dhoni almost gone off tests but revived by the form he showed in these two tests a bit. Performing abroad is different. We can whine for losing abroad but winning in home need to be rejoiced too. Else, it would add up to your list where loss against England stands. Shouldn't it sound a relief rather than a grief winning against a team which beat 4-0 not long ago?

  • CricketFollowers on March 5, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Well said Dhoni, This is why we cant reach the heights of SA or Aus. They will win that match and keep their job doing but here we talk about 22 wins. Remember Aus won consecutively for 16 matches in a row and the same goes to SA. Eversince i started watching cricket i have neer seen SA team losing(other than Finals) in a row or losing without a fight. Its Fantastic to watch those teams keep quite even after so many matches which means no shortage of skill.

  • on March 5, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    What a capatian we had ,simply cool .He is coordinating who are not in form like bajji,viru . In the past no one else done like this. We will say best of luck for safari series. Few people praising to ganguly ,due to he gave places for Zak,uvi,bajji in indian team .But thats wrong ,b'caz whatever selectors wiil provide that team he has used. Same like ganguly ,now MSD also doing and moreover supporting who are not in good form. I think, has been wrong by MSD to supporting who are not in good form ?

  • keptalittlelow on March 5, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    When Dhoni says "it's important to enjoy the moment" he is 100% percent correct because he knows India will be blown away by South Africa very soon so enjoy the moment.

  • cricketanand12 on March 5, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Dhoni you said to retire in 2013 to continue in one format so that you can play in 2015 world cup.Now 2013 has arrived,you won't retire from odi because you have to play world cup,so please retire from test atches to give player like murlidharen gautam,he is an exceptional first class cricketer so he must be given chances in test and you continue to play in limited over fixtures.

  • balajeev on March 5, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Firstly, the prefix "over" is not required to convey the meaning of hype. Secondly, if there is a guy like Pujara in the team Dhoni has to be thankful . As a captain he should encourage excellence. Why does he chide Pujara instead?

  • AbAdvani on March 5, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    I hope the media learns a lesson or two in being level headed by observing MSD. The India media is singing paens when the team is winning and roasting them when they lose. Good to see MSD making sense in his press conferences and not coming up with flimsy excuses which had started creeping in after the 0-8 whitewash. MSD needs to take a leaf out of Ganguly on how to unearth talent and give them a long rope so that they succeed overseas also (R.P, Piyush Chawla are bad memories and Ravindra Jadeja at the moment seems to be repaying the captain's faith). If Zaheer and Yadav come back, I will bet Aussies will lose this series 0-4.

  • on March 5, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    I find it amusing that some people talk about MS Dhoni's batting credentials. For ganguly's fans, I wud like to ask how many dismissals did Ganguly make? and for others, name one Indian wicketkeeper whose credentials as batsmen are better either home or away. As a batsman, Dhoni is a big bonus. As a captain, yes finding fast bowlers is not his job, and doing with such thin resources was difficult for ponting as well. If winning at home is not good, why does "Australia lost at home" makes such big news?

  • cricmatters on March 5, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    MSD is right on the money. Enjoy the moment. After 8-0 loss overseas and a lost series at home against England finally the Test Cricket in India has moved out of the ICU and into the general ward. Now to regain full recovery, Selectors have to be ruthless in getting rid of the non-performers like Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma. Any Cricket team can carry one or two (at the most) out of form players but not three. It is time to give a chance to yongsters like Shikhar Dhawan and Majon Tiwari on the home turf and bring Ojha back even as a third spin option.

  • 100_rabh on March 5, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Bring on England with their 2 spinners and they will show you how good India is on any pitch in India. Point is that Australia is as good or as bad in India as was India in Australia. Send this same Indian team to Australia against this Australian team and India will probably lose 0-4 again. The pressure that Dhoni created on created on curators during England tour of India was shared by the BCCI also after India lost so these pitches (though i agree that Hyd was bit better). No one should be surprsed if they turn Mohali into a dustbow;. This Australian team is probaly worse which has ever toured India in last 30 years. Dhoni's stars shining again!!

  • Temuzin on March 5, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Dhoni is the best captain for India. Any comparison is a waste of time. All ifs and buts should be put to rest now.

  • chin-music on March 5, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Some sensible comments from Dhoni after a long time. I always used to think that when he first came on the scene , he brought a refereshing honesty & candour in his remarks. But , once the going got tough with double 4-0 's - all that candour deserted him & one started getting the inane bleating about weather/injury/umpire/pitch/ luck - basically everything other than saying we were not good enough. Good to see that with this slight bounce in fortune, he has not gone overboard & is sensible enough to admit that this "great captain" business is overhyped (perhaps his basic honesty lets him see the obvious - that the next 0-4 hiding is just round the corner in SA once Steyn bowls on a non-dust bowl !!). Wonder what Ganguly who has made a career out of this "great captain" hype , has to say about Dhoni's no-nonsense remarks ?

  • whocareswhowins on March 5, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    4-O losses in eight consecutive Tests in England and Australia; then a series loss to England in India !! Let us not gloss over any of those pathetic performances. And, Dhoni is not a Test-class batsman outside the sub-continent. Please, lets not kid ourseslves. And, while we enjoy thisi success, we Indian supporters should not bury our heads in the sand...this team needs to perform abroad. Period.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 5, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    A brilliant pujara and vijay partnerhip is eclipsing failures of sehwag and harbhajan , its time to get these guys out of the team , and the comment 'he has shown improvement' about harbhajan is ridiculous to say the least , harbhajan is an experienced campaigner playing his 100th test , he should have mastered the aussies in these conditions , so may be he should work on those improvements in the domestic cricket

  • kamalakannan1k on March 5, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    For everyone please praise the success and don't make unwanted comparisons. Dhoni is a best captain accepted by some of the top world class players. Congratulations to Dhoni and Team India.

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 5, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    More than the success rate I am now more worried that harbhajan will play in mohali. Sigh

  • satishchandar on March 5, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @Harmony111 : "Give MSD Steyn and then see his tactics." Awesome.. MSD did win games with In form Zaheer, Inconsistent Sreesanth and consistently rubbish Ishant in SA. As MSD says, it is a bit overhyped. You need good players to play it on the field and a good captain to manage them. I would term Dhoni as a good captain when he earned the position ahead of Yuvi, Bhajji and Sehwag. What earned him that slot? His flamboyant batting? No.. His calmness on the field and thinking cricketing brain. It did fade at some point but at the same time, it is not entirely Dhoni failed but the whole team. Even in 8-0(Dhoni's 7-0), the one decision not to bowl Ishant after lunch in Oval(i think) was a pure blemish by the captain. Apart from that, it was a collective failure. We all know the form on big 4(Exception being Dravid in England) and the bowling resources the captain handled.

  • diltohpagalhai on March 5, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    congrats to India team for this effort. welcome relief from horrid past year or so.

    With due respect all the passionate ppl here - don't think ganguly's & dhoni's captanicy can be compared. 1. Ganguly took the top job when players were running away from accepting this responsibility. The betting scam which shook the indian cricket was still very fresh. 2. Offshore performances were below par to say the least. He instilled a winning character in this group of ppl. May not have won himself but left a belief that we can win outside. 3 . he was lucky that careers of 4-5 greats coincided with his tenure. But thats the story with any great team i.e. Clive Lloyd, Steve waugh had great players in their teams. A great captain is one who instills the belief in players around and helps them achieve greatness.

    Dhoni (with all due respect) didnt face any such turmoil and inherited a great team. Kudos to him to continue to build on that.

  • ramli on March 5, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    There are two sides to a coin ... likewise two major classification of opinions about MSD ... one positive and another negative ... any dispassionate appraisal of MSD's performance as captain will pass muster every time ... it is only when comparisons start peeping in that you begin to get biased ... let us all enjoy his success today and hope for the best in future ...

  • pratit on March 5, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    "You have to realise 80 or 70 per cent of the matches you play in your home conditions"- Is that a way to ignore the significance of the pathetic performances abroad? And anyway, in a fair schedule you play about 45-55% matches at home- say 1 tour by the Australians and then sometime later a reciprocal tour to Australia. However much you play at home, 8-0 abroad will continue to be a disgrace for a long time to come. Pujara has rightly said that he would only judge himself by his overseas performance. Other guys in the Indian team would do well to imbibe his philosophy.

    After 2 dustbowls, I hope Mohali offers the kind of seamers' wicket that it is known for. It will then be interesting to see what approach Team India takes there, what are the adjustments they make, what changes do they bring in.

  • memoriesofthepast on March 5, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Test drawn or tied is as good as success and the comparison should be based on %loss. For Ganguly13 losses from 49 gives 26.53%losses, for Dhoni 12 losses from 45 gives 26.67%losses. Kapil's team lost only 7 out of 34 that he captained. Wadekar's team lost only 4 from the 16 that he captained. Gavaskar's team lost only 8 out of the 47 that he captained. Gavaskar has been the best test captain for India followed by Kapil then Wadekar then Ganguly then Dhoni. Gary Kirsten was an excellent coach. Fletcher should be sacked. This Aus bowling attack is the weakest to tour India in the last 27 years. It was very tough to score even a 100 vs Aus bowling even at home in the past but it was insulting to see the technique and footwork of Dhoni enabling him to make a test 200 vs Aus. Still it remains that India have yet to win a test series in Aus and SA. They have not won in SL since 1994.

  • on March 5, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Villain become Hero scenario. All praising Dhoni for his success, but thats what we call a typical indian mentality which always focus on short term success. I don't know if the same team will have success overseas as they had in dust bowls in India. They deserve all the applaud they are getting at the moment, but when you look at long term, Unless we have genuine fast bowlers (or swing bowlers), the story will remain the same overseas. I didn't see a single comment about that in cricinfo when everyone is showering praises about success.

    Anyone please answer me if the same team will find success overseas with this bunch of spinners. BCCI, with all the resources in the world will be basking with glory with this home success, but will turn a blind eye on overseas performance.

    When will india produce genuine pace bowlers to find success abroad? I cant find an answer with all these DHONI THE GREAT comments. God bless our cricket.

  • Harmony111 on March 5, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    @SamRoy: Perhaps we had a word about this some time back. The tactics of the captain and the resources available come together. Sometimes a not-so-great player is able to do exactly as desired by the captain at a crucial moment. For eg Siddle's wicket in the 4th innings of 2nd test vs SA recently when SA went 9 down. Sometimes a great player is unable to rise to the need wasting the tactics of the captain. For eg, Murali or Warne in 11/96WC Finals. And then there are mitigating factors always. However, most of the time the tactics are a function of the resources, not the other way round. I would have 3 slips if my bowler is getting the ball to move appreciably else I'd have only 1 or 2. If I do the latter then ofc I am being defensive but that is the need of the moment else the batsmen would have plenty of places to score 4s. Clarke did not give Patto another over after he was on fire? What did he do when MS was on fire? What COULD he do?

    Give MSD Steyn and then see his tactics.

  • Fan1969 on March 5, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Ganguly was a great captain but took his time to get the results. He had a good team where most players went on to be counted as GREAT except the openers.

    Some facts Ganguly was captain when India was humiliated by Zimbabwe, 2-1 to SL in SL, 2-0 to NZ in NZ, 2-1 to WI in WI in 2002 (Walsh and Ambrose had retired). SL, NZ and WI were not the great teams of that period.

    Under Dhoni India has lost 12 TESTS. 6 tests to England (4 overseas, 2 home), 2 SA (1home and 1 away), 3Aus (away) and 1 SL.

    England and SA are arguably best ever teams for the respective nations. We drew both series with SA. We should not have lost so badly to Aus in Aus but that was largely a batting failure as all greats failed simultaneously, but we won Kohli from that trip. The only serious blemish in Dhoni's record is losing to SL (Murali's last test when he got 800 wickets) though the series was drawn 1-1.

    I judge Dhoni from his ability to get youngsters to perform. The only mistake seems ISHANT.

  • satishchandar on March 5, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Congrats MSD. The brand will stay in tests for some time now. What i would love from Dhoni is, to react to negative results. Yes i agree a captain usually banks a player and backs him as he knows the player put effort and deserves a chance even to fail and might add more value if he succeeds like Kohli. But at the same time, he can be a liability like Rohit which will block chance of other player like Tiwary who might eventually in very good form.. He should look for alternatives in bad results soon. In the England/Australia tours, same set of players who failed again and again were given chances repeatedly and failed even more. When things go right, he will be really awesome. But his on field reactions to adverse flow of game need a big improvement.

  • memoriesofthepast on March 5, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Captain Dhoni's Indian team has lost 12 test matches out of the 45 he has captained so far. Captain Ganguly's Indian team lost 13 test matches ouf the 49 he has captained. A better test team captain should win or draw or tie the test match more than losing even in overseas. Ganguly's tenure had people of same age as his-laxman, sachin, dravid, kumble and young zaheer and sehwag while dhoni's tenure saw the retirements of dravid and laxman and sacking of aging zaheer . Dhoni's team was unable to save even a single test of the serieses in Eng and Aus and lost 2-1 to Eng at home. Those losses made retirement of old Dravid and Laxman. India should not get carried away by this 2-0 wins vs Aus at home because overseas conditions are very different. Only time will tell how many more wins and losses Dhoni's team will have in future test tours to SA, Eng and Aus till Dhoni decides to retire. Whosoever is captain India must ensure that it never loses test series at home.

  • on March 5, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    @Surya_Indian: But when it mattered most the SOME before him scored heavily in foreign soil.. 100 on test debut in Lords, 144 as Captain in Australia drawing the crucial first test, 130 odd in headingly after Dravid and Sachin Consolidated. Ask you SOME one to score a century against moving ball...

  • lover1973 on March 5, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    hello all i am new here, i want to say this to my honor able indian captian MR.M.S.Dhoni you are great. i watch cricket since 1983 but i never saw an indian captian bold like you. I wish if i was i Hyderabad i could meet you to congratulate face to face but i am very fat from india but my dear Dhoni my best wishes will be with you where ever you are.

  • on March 5, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    My friend kuldeep waraich is one of the mad friend of Dhoni and today he fell proud of him .. this is a big achievement for all India that our team is now playing a good cricket ..The credit goes to each and everyone along with the support staff. Gary [Kirsten] was brilliant [as coach], now Duncan [Fletcher] is there. I think it's a collective effort and credit goes to each and every individual who has been part of the side."

  • mathewjohn2176 on March 5, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Posted by bored_iam on (March 5, 2013, 8:54 GMT). Small correction.You forgot to mention Ganguly 7 wins out of 11 away wins came from Bangladesh -3 ,Zimbabwe-3 and WI -1 Dhoni captained only 1 away win from Bangladesh as the 2 nd match was captained by sehwag.So here are the actual stats: Ganguly ( 11 wins away - 1 SL,1 Aus,1 Eng, 1 Pak ,3 BD, 3 Zimbabwe, 1 WI) Dhoni ( 5 wins away - 1 SA, 1 SL, 1 NZ, 1 WI, 1 BD ) who knows He would have increased the away record if he got chance to captain that many BD and Zimbabwe matches like ganguly.So better to check the stats before discrediting someone.

  • faisalpatel on March 5, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Well...Before test match began some people have some kind of hatred against dhoni before of the team selection ,,,we r on our toes to blame someone without knwing anything ...Eg: Vijay was in (poor perfomance in domesticand waseem jaffer was out(in spite of awesome perfomance in domestic ) but finally result is in front of us now ..and also we point out straight away DHONI is doing politics blah bblah like he want all players from CSK or watever but people let me remind u again ASHWIN ,JADEJA,VIJAY and DHONI look at their perfomance in both tests match dey all wer match winner... DHONI IS BEST WITH COOL MIND....LETS celbrate our win...CHILL ...PEACE OUT

  • jasonpete on March 5, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Posted by bored_iam on (March 5, 2013, 8:54 GMT),you need to check the stats when you compare ganguly and dhoni away records. Ganguly 11 AWAY wins comprises of 3 from BD , 3 from ZIM and 1 WI, so that's 7 wins out 11 from BD .ZIM and WI . I guess you should have mentioned this when you compared with Dhoni away 5 wins ,only 1 from BD .so looks like both ganguly and dhoni records are not that great afterall.

  • on March 5, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    @Sameer Hussain:

    Ganguly was a captain of not a good Indian Cricket Team.!!! i don't agree on this at all. He was having players like sachin, dravid, laxman, zaheer, bhajji, kumble and himself(ganguly) all these are legends of this game though he was a captain of not a good Indian Cricket Team.... are u kidding man!!

  • T-800 on March 5, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    The one group Dhoni did not thank and probably cannot thank are the Indian Selectors. They have been slow in dropping the team oldies but with good reason, since they can only drop an oldie when a suitable replacement newbie turns up on the horizon. In this case they took the risk with Murali Vijay, and although he failed initially, he is beginning to justify the faith they placed in him. Indian selectors are routinely bashed on these and other cricket comment boards by Indian cricket fans, so time to give them a compliment as well

  • schuyfan on March 5, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    To all those who are commenting on Ganguly's overseas record, I am sure you all know out of all his overseas wins, 6 wins came against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. If you dont know details, I would suggest you to check details befoe commenting on someone's capability.

  • on March 5, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Dhoni isl captain of "Good Successful Indian Cricket Team where as Ganguly and Azhar were successful capitan of not a good Indian Cricket Team.

    Earlier we had star players and not team players. We now have new good players who perform.

  • on March 5, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Once a good captain - always good. It doesn't change if he lose a session to opposition. Dhoni was an individual flop along with other batsmen in 8-0 massacre. We had our moments with the likes of PK and Kohli. It's not fair to praise Dhoni for Kohli's century in last test vs AUS, so as for all the team batting failures. Coming to stats discussion, i don't quite get why Ganguly is having such low wins in home tests. All the best Dhoni & Co for SA series!

  • SamRoy on March 5, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    I have said it many times and will say it again. I like Dhoni a lot, a wonderful, likeable human being. As a cricketer and limited overs captain he is great. But he is a poor, defensive test captain. He gets on the defensive very quickly and lets the game drift. This record may tell otherwise, but his test captaincy is well below par.

  • on March 5, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    get your facts right guys dhoni has only one test win in Bangladesh sehwag was captain in one test and his other 4 test wins come against WI,SA,SL and NZ so his record is 5 wins and 10 loses thanks to 8-0 scoreline in England and Australia which was a collective team failure and so called big names of Indian batting struggle to score and no one took wickets so blaming dhoni alone is not right and who gave chance to pujara ashwin jadeja and vijay so guys respect to ganguly and dhoni both and by the way he won the WC for India and under his captaincy India was number one in test cricket for almost 2 years and people say dhoni is successful because ganguly made the Indian team and dhoni is a beneficiary so what about those 3 years after ganguly step down as a captain and dravid and kumble were captains India crashes out of 2007 WC and kumble's record in test is 3 wins and 5 loses

  • Surya_Indian on March 5, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    This one is for India's most successful captain.... For some its easy when they have god in its peak... For him it was company of aging god... For some its the support of fighters like Kumble who could take 5 fors on first day... For him his captaincy starts when such fighters retire,... Some have young and probably at peak ppl like viru, Zak, uv & Bhaji... For him it was ppl fighting age, fitness, life and form.... For some before him had a strong & well prepared wall... He has a wall under construction... Greats b4 spent their young days in academy studying and learning Cricket... He was busy checking tickets at the railway station..., Captains before were great and made ppl have belief... This one made ppl believe 'they are champs' For a person who never even dreamt of playing cricket to come and lead India to most test wins is something everyone should applaud... .../\....

  • on March 5, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Guys, do you compare this Australia team with that of Waugh-Ponting?

  • himanshu.team on March 5, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Those who critisise Dhoni for a poor record overseas, must also realize that apart from the last two tours to England and Australia, he has lost only two tests outside. Out of which the first test of SA series was lost in the first session alone, where freak weather conditions ensured that India was bundled out for 136! Still they put up a fight in second innings but the damage was done. So barring these two dismal series he has been good abroad too. Give him time and he will win many more matches both home and abroad. Do not forget India are still a team in transition. Old stalwards retirng and new comers taking their place. Plus we still do not have a decent pace bowler in our ranks. So given these limitations, he has done remarkably well. You dont win couple of world cups and test no.1 ranking by fluke.

  • Cricinfo_Paven on March 5, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Everybody seems to be go gaga over M Vijay after a century. Its a shame the so called test lovers doesn't realize the real fact. He is off no pressure since the opposition is scored only few runs and the reason for his failures were he doesn't really able to distinguish between defense and attack. Either he goes for all out attack which includes going after even a good ball or he defends everything even a bad ball. He must distinguish this and adapt to this level. Having seen his most of his international matches this is the case of him. But man, he has eye-catching strokes and all the shots looks very stylish and real good. Will he rectify this ? I prefer to go in with Rahane as an opener if he doesn't overcome this after 2 more tests.

  • bored_iam on March 5, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur: Bhajji, Yuvi, Sehwag-all got a chance BECAUSE of ganguly. Additionally, while Dhoni's record is praiseworthy, 1 thing to note is that ABROAD, hes only won 5 test matches (BD-2, WI-1 included). Ganguly had 11 wins. so Away-Home wins: Ganguly 11-10; Dhoni 5-17. Thats a worrying stat.

  • sanjeevbiswal1984 on March 5, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Well done Mahi...you deserve lot more than this.Keep this going and make indian team the best in world once again.

  • on March 5, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Dhoni the most successful Indian captain has won 17 of these 22 matches in India and out of the rest of the 5 matches he won outside India 2 are in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. So 3 matches against the big boys overseas. What a success story for someone captaining 45 matches.

  • jasonpete on March 5, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Posted by CrickPassionate on (March 5, 2013, 7:58 GMT), well said.Moreover you will see now the barrage of criticism from former captains fans about dhoni abilities as a captain eventhough dhoni's own contribution as a batsmen is above ganguly and azhar.There are some people who always criticise dhoni for whatever things he do in Indian team,but he done an amazing job as a captain with the given team.@gupta Angur,I agree ganguly 4 away wins come from 3 against Bangladesh and 1 against Zimbabwe where as dhoni 1 against Bangladesh.Ganguly had a good set of players who were all on good form and were young but the same team performed well under dhoni also and even reached no.1 in test and won World Cup.During England and Australia,India found out the greats loss of form and very late india started their transition.larke is going though the same the moment in this Indian series..Give the team and captain sometime instead comparing with others and putting them down every given opportunities

  • naansari on March 5, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Hats off to Dhoni on this achievement…I just wish that they will perform well in abroad against AUS, ENG & SA and win more test matches under his captaincy. All the best to Indian team!!!!

  • on March 5, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    @sachit: What did Dravid contribute as a captain to Indian team. He was a political choice to remove Saurav Ganguly from the captaincy. We lost the World Cup 2007 in half a day. He had inherited such a good team from Saurav and made them sub standard. Even if he won some matches and series, the wins were highly liquidated than it should have been. Azhar was a successful captain at home, but found completely wanting abroad. Kapil won us the World Cup but overall he proved to be a very poor captain. Only Saurav Ganguly was a genuinely good captain in the list named by you. Other than this, very few know that only MAK Pataudi, whose captaincy made real difference to Indian cricket team. So effectively it is only Pataudi, Saurav and Dhoni as good Indian captains.

  • on March 5, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Its ridiculous to compare Dhoni and Ganguly..some1 here said dada was aided by sehwag zaheer yuv..fyi dada was the one who supported them and backed their abilities and gave them ample opporutnities to prove their worth...its only after dada took over did we start winning tests and odis abroad on a regular basis..almost beat australia in 03/04...geez..how many times does one have to repeat this? am not doubting dhonis captaincy skills or his contriubtion to Indian cricket...he has done well..but dada will always be a notch above dhoni...and as some1 rightly said...dhoni is the captain coz no1 else is eligible right now...and me thinks fletcher should be sacked even if we win this 4-0..

  • Chris_Howard on March 5, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Dhoni has been a very good captain. His strong leadership has produced a team that has generally done fairly well. This has lessened the pressure on Tendulkar and helped prolong his career. Well done, Dhoni.

  • Romanticstud on March 5, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    India may not be good travelers ... but don't get on the wrong foot of them at home ... They are lethal ... Dohni has always had the flair and when he is ignited nothing can stop him ... remember that there are a lot of young players and when they have stabilized they will become a force in other countries outside of the sub-continent ... Viva India ... maybe they will knock SA off the top ...

  • on March 5, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Dhoni was much maligned after the twin losses in Australia and England, and rightly so. If he was there to soak up the adulation of world cup wins, he must answer tough questions in the wake of test losses too. But he has stayed true to his methods and lets not forget that he captains one of the least potent bowling attacks in world cricket. That he has a superior record to Saurav Ganguly and Mohd. Azharuddin speaks volumes about his prowess.

  • on March 5, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    @sachit1979 wake me up when all the Indian captains mentioned by you except dhoni win 2 world cups of different format or take their team to no 1 test ranking during their captaincy period.cheers:)

  • on March 5, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Did any one notice that Australia have lost their 5th consecutive test in india

  • Sachit1979 on March 5, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Is he really? Whitewashes against England and Australia in their countries and series loss against England at home under his captaincy. He is there only because no one else is eligible enough to take the job. Records may speak his way but his contribution in Indian test Cricket as a captain is far below than that of Kapil, Azhar, Ganguly and Dravid.

  • CrickPassionate on March 5, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Loosing with England is like a wake up call for India to set few things right like opening pair shuffle, fast bowling shuffle and most importantly , Dhoni to be like Dhoni irrespective of all the speculations and criticism. Which made someone like Vijay to get into big runs, bhuvaneshwar kumar to get the early break which set up the match in the first session , and some one like Dhoni to play up the order and playing the trademark dashing innings for which he is famous for in both the innings that he played!!finally he has his best moments in one-days ( world cup and no.1 ranking) Test cricket ( No.1 side and most wins as a captain) and t20's ( world cup) and IPL ( 2 - winning , 2- runner ups) ... all in all a wonderful gifted captain for Indian team..Kudos Dhoni..keep going

  • DINESHCC on March 5, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Please also make a mention about those humiliating losses of 4-0, 4-0, 2-1 (at home) which no Indian Captain achieved. No Indian captain lost to England 6 matches. No Indian Captain lost in Australia 4-0 or for that matter any captain.

  • on March 5, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    best of luck for the rest two matches....

  • on March 5, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Superb performance by Indian team in all the departments. Congratulations to Dhoni for holding record of most successful test captain for India.

  • muthu4664 on March 5, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Congrats Dhoni. Ur the best Wicket keeping Batsman & captain India Produced.

  • realfan on March 5, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    awsome display of alround cricket from india..... great win this for india.... hope we get another 2 also......

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 5, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Well done team India. But still India has issues like Sehwag and Bhaji. A failure of top and middle order will expose the long tail too. Jadeja, Aswin, Bhaji and Bhuvi will grant only 10-20 each. No need to count Ishant. That means last 5 wickets will get maximum 40-80 runs only. So, it is a must for Indian top order to perform and score big runs in each and every game until we get a credible and consistent batting efforts from the above 4. Failure of top 4-5 may lead to a disaster.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 5, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Thank god someone has over taken Ganguly's record and i can say that he has been india's best captain when it comes to leading from the front and maintaining team harmony.

    Ganguly was largely aided by 6-7 players who were on the rise like Dravid,Sehwag,Zaheer, Yuvi, Harbhajan.....who had more to do with indian wins then Ganguly himself.

    More so had it not been for Dalmiya, Kumble or Dravid would have become the captain first.

  • ashok1259 on March 5, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Well Said And congrats to India. I expected much from Australia. I even argued with my frnd that match will end on 5th day.

  • crashed on March 5, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Gratz to India - a test to remember - Australia the once mighty is toothless and on a slippery slide downhill seemingly on a non stop effort. Sadly so but they orchestrated that by selecting wrong choices and clueless decisions - well done by India though

  • on March 5, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    I'm very happy for dhoni. To captain India are one of the most dufficult jobs where captaincy is concerned. You need to keep everybody happy. I think if he can win a series in SA and Australia and Englnd he would be over the moon. Easier said than done. Good luck Dhoni and i'm happy you are winning those ausies who are always overconfident.

  • SamRoy on March 5, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Truth is Australian batting against spin and their spin bowling isn't penetrative. India will still have problems against Pakistan and England who have penetrative spin bowling attacks if India doesn't find replacement for Sehwag and Tendulkar. (Even against Sri Lanka if they find an adequate support spinner for Herath). Moreover, there are problems the batsman face on fast pitches. I hope this series is a way of saying goodbye to Sehwag, Tendulkar and Harbhajan. Thanks for the memories.

  • SamRoy on March 5, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Truth is Australian batting against spin and their spin bowling isn't penetrative. India will still have problems against Pakistan and England who have penetrative spin bowling attacks if India doesn't find replacement for Sehwag and Tendulkar. (Even against Sri Lanka if they find an adequate support spinner for Herath). Moreover, there are problems the batsman face on fast pitches. I hope this series is a way of saying goodbye to Sehwag, Tendulkar and Harbhajan. Thanks for the memories.

  • on March 5, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    I'm very happy for dhoni. To captain India are one of the most dufficult jobs where captaincy is concerned. You need to keep everybody happy. I think if he can win a series in SA and Australia and Englnd he would be over the moon. Easier said than done. Good luck Dhoni and i'm happy you are winning those ausies who are always overconfident.

  • crashed on March 5, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Gratz to India - a test to remember - Australia the once mighty is toothless and on a slippery slide downhill seemingly on a non stop effort. Sadly so but they orchestrated that by selecting wrong choices and clueless decisions - well done by India though

  • ashok1259 on March 5, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Well Said And congrats to India. I expected much from Australia. I even argued with my frnd that match will end on 5th day.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 5, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Thank god someone has over taken Ganguly's record and i can say that he has been india's best captain when it comes to leading from the front and maintaining team harmony.

    Ganguly was largely aided by 6-7 players who were on the rise like Dravid,Sehwag,Zaheer, Yuvi, Harbhajan.....who had more to do with indian wins then Ganguly himself.

    More so had it not been for Dalmiya, Kumble or Dravid would have become the captain first.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 5, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Well done team India. But still India has issues like Sehwag and Bhaji. A failure of top and middle order will expose the long tail too. Jadeja, Aswin, Bhaji and Bhuvi will grant only 10-20 each. No need to count Ishant. That means last 5 wickets will get maximum 40-80 runs only. So, it is a must for Indian top order to perform and score big runs in each and every game until we get a credible and consistent batting efforts from the above 4. Failure of top 4-5 may lead to a disaster.

  • realfan on March 5, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    awsome display of alround cricket from india..... great win this for india.... hope we get another 2 also......

  • muthu4664 on March 5, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Congrats Dhoni. Ur the best Wicket keeping Batsman & captain India Produced.

  • on March 5, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Superb performance by Indian team in all the departments. Congratulations to Dhoni for holding record of most successful test captain for India.

  • on March 5, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    best of luck for the rest two matches....