Australia in India 2012-13 March 6, 2013

Positive change in Dhoni's captaincy - Gavaskar

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Sunil Gavaskar has said the break after the England series has had a positive effect on MS Dhoni's captaincy and with this new approach Dhoni should lead the side till the 2019 World Cup.

"He has changed positively as a captain. Now, if a player is not attentive and not up to the mark, Dhoni is letting him know," Gavaskar told NDTV. "He is not making too many gestures but he is making the player know that he is not happy.

"With the changed leadership approach I think he should not be disturbed till the 2019 World Cup," he said, adding that it would be up to Dhoni to ultimately decide, considering he would be 38 then.

Gavaskar said that during India's home-series loss against England, Dhoni's captaincy had been defensive and the team was allowing the game to meander. But after the two wins against Australia, Gavaskar said, "Dhoni has recharged and he is in great batting form, though he needs to tighten up a bit in his wicketkeeping."

Dhoni, with the win in the second Test in Hyderabad, surpassed Sourav Ganguly to become the most successful India captain with, 22 wins. Gavaskar said, "records over a period of time indicate that Dhoni is the 'winningest' captain and we should be very happy with that.

"There will always be the debate whether Tiger Pataudi is the best-ever captain or is it Ajit Wadekar or Sourav Ganguly. And no one talks about Rahul Dravid who has an outstanding overseas record as skipper."

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  • Fan1969 on March 6, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Captaincy is about 2 things: Managing resources while maintaining own performance.

    Dhoni is a brilliant manager of people and always shares the credit and encourages youngsters. On that count he may be the best captain till 2019.

    However, one has to keep in mind whether he can take the pressure of 3 formats besides IPL at the same pace. On this count, I think it is premature to predict.

    Anyone can see he has a great attitude by looking at Dhoni's track record but tough to forecast his performance till 2019.

    Dhoni will be breaking many of Boucher/Gilchrist/Tendulkar/Ponting records if he plays continuously till 2019!!!

    Good luck to Dhoni but I would just see what comments are made by the same people after the SA series in SA by end 2013!

  • on March 9, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Gavaskar needs to reserve his statement until the South African tour. India won against Australia only due to the fact that this Australian side is week on Indian pitches that favor spin.. U need to realize how we badly lost to England at home. If Dhoni can win a series in England or South Africa against the home side then we can say he could lead the side till 2019..

  • dariuscorny on March 7, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    earlier i thought gavaskar is talking about test captaincy ,i was fuming ,but just came to know he's talking about one day captainy,i dont mind if Dhoni is given an extended run in odi captaincy,but whats the point of grooming kohli then,by 2019 Dhoni will be 37-38,it can be very challenging for him to be the captain,moreover neither of us including him cannot guarntee his place even as a player then...ideal time shud be after 2015 WC ,some one else(Kohli)shud be luked upon as possible captain

  • analyseabhishek on March 7, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Perhaps this is precisely the reason Dhoni wants a younger, fitter side with better fielding ability. His logic is that good fielding keeps the morale up while a younger side means he can be the boss- mind you, it is not an easy thing to do when half of the team is senior than you!

  • on March 7, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Dhoni would/should surely be the captain till the end of the 2015 world cup. He is our best hope and choice. The successor to Dhoni would be in all probability be Ashwin. Dhoni if keeps his form going would also end up being one of the all time greats of Indian cricket since he has done a remarkable job of being a wicketkeeper batsman , apart from being the captain and that too in all formats.

  • aryan-is-dravid-fan on March 7, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Gavaskar has lost it !! Well and truly lost it !!

  • on March 7, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Mr.gavaskar ur a good player,but avoid these funny comments or you will be not allowed to commentate in aus,sa,eng... or allowed inside the stadia.

  • Sporty-critic on March 7, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    First of all, Dhoni should not have been playing this series, if performance was the basis for selection. England had drubbed India in such a way that all known experts were talking about sacking the captain and looking to the future. How come he was selected in spite of all the criticisms needs to be checked. This way, we are not only blocking young blood from representing our country, but also, discouraging promising youngsters from leading the side as well. Indirectly, the writer means that the current team will select themselves unless they retire. There is something seriously missing in the current system of grooming new players.

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    At first I has highest value for SG's words... Its was diminishing inversely proportionate to the comments he makes... With this I believe I have no value for his comments... He was a great cricketer but very poor critic! 2019 is too long for person to predict... Dhoni might be successful or might not be... India will have Dhoni as a captain for all the years up to 2019 or will India have 3-5 captains during this period ? ... we never know all this... We need accept the fact that Australian team currently are weakest in years... Had M Hussey not retired things could have been entirely different... Indian team are still weak! there is still lots of things to be corrected! And we need consistency from lads wherever they play! We need raw fast bowlers in team India at least a lot of 6 genuine quickies! We need to look into other opening batters options! We need a spinner who can take wickets in any given conditions! Dhoni has lot prove if he wants still 2 be the captain in 2014 not 2019!

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    2019 is too far away. With Kohli being shaped up on the side line, I feel it will be too late for him to take over the charge. May be till 2015 he can be in charge. After that he should step down may be in 2016 for Kohli who will be 27 then. But all these things depend on the form of these players and new players who get in. When Dhoni came in, everyone thought Yuvraj was going to lead the side some day but Dhoni got promoted. It can happen again.

  • Fan1969 on March 6, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Captaincy is about 2 things: Managing resources while maintaining own performance.

    Dhoni is a brilliant manager of people and always shares the credit and encourages youngsters. On that count he may be the best captain till 2019.

    However, one has to keep in mind whether he can take the pressure of 3 formats besides IPL at the same pace. On this count, I think it is premature to predict.

    Anyone can see he has a great attitude by looking at Dhoni's track record but tough to forecast his performance till 2019.

    Dhoni will be breaking many of Boucher/Gilchrist/Tendulkar/Ponting records if he plays continuously till 2019!!!

    Good luck to Dhoni but I would just see what comments are made by the same people after the SA series in SA by end 2013!

  • on March 9, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Gavaskar needs to reserve his statement until the South African tour. India won against Australia only due to the fact that this Australian side is week on Indian pitches that favor spin.. U need to realize how we badly lost to England at home. If Dhoni can win a series in England or South Africa against the home side then we can say he could lead the side till 2019..

  • dariuscorny on March 7, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    earlier i thought gavaskar is talking about test captaincy ,i was fuming ,but just came to know he's talking about one day captainy,i dont mind if Dhoni is given an extended run in odi captaincy,but whats the point of grooming kohli then,by 2019 Dhoni will be 37-38,it can be very challenging for him to be the captain,moreover neither of us including him cannot guarntee his place even as a player then...ideal time shud be after 2015 WC ,some one else(Kohli)shud be luked upon as possible captain

  • analyseabhishek on March 7, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Perhaps this is precisely the reason Dhoni wants a younger, fitter side with better fielding ability. His logic is that good fielding keeps the morale up while a younger side means he can be the boss- mind you, it is not an easy thing to do when half of the team is senior than you!

  • on March 7, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Dhoni would/should surely be the captain till the end of the 2015 world cup. He is our best hope and choice. The successor to Dhoni would be in all probability be Ashwin. Dhoni if keeps his form going would also end up being one of the all time greats of Indian cricket since he has done a remarkable job of being a wicketkeeper batsman , apart from being the captain and that too in all formats.

  • aryan-is-dravid-fan on March 7, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Gavaskar has lost it !! Well and truly lost it !!

  • on March 7, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Mr.gavaskar ur a good player,but avoid these funny comments or you will be not allowed to commentate in aus,sa,eng... or allowed inside the stadia.

  • Sporty-critic on March 7, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    First of all, Dhoni should not have been playing this series, if performance was the basis for selection. England had drubbed India in such a way that all known experts were talking about sacking the captain and looking to the future. How come he was selected in spite of all the criticisms needs to be checked. This way, we are not only blocking young blood from representing our country, but also, discouraging promising youngsters from leading the side as well. Indirectly, the writer means that the current team will select themselves unless they retire. There is something seriously missing in the current system of grooming new players.

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    At first I has highest value for SG's words... Its was diminishing inversely proportionate to the comments he makes... With this I believe I have no value for his comments... He was a great cricketer but very poor critic! 2019 is too long for person to predict... Dhoni might be successful or might not be... India will have Dhoni as a captain for all the years up to 2019 or will India have 3-5 captains during this period ? ... we never know all this... We need accept the fact that Australian team currently are weakest in years... Had M Hussey not retired things could have been entirely different... Indian team are still weak! there is still lots of things to be corrected! And we need consistency from lads wherever they play! We need raw fast bowlers in team India at least a lot of 6 genuine quickies! We need to look into other opening batters options! We need a spinner who can take wickets in any given conditions! Dhoni has lot prove if he wants still 2 be the captain in 2014 not 2019!

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    2019 is too far away. With Kohli being shaped up on the side line, I feel it will be too late for him to take over the charge. May be till 2015 he can be in charge. After that he should step down may be in 2016 for Kohli who will be 27 then. But all these things depend on the form of these players and new players who get in. When Dhoni came in, everyone thought Yuvraj was going to lead the side some day but Dhoni got promoted. It can happen again.

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Mr Gavaskar first you should concentrate your own comment one series before you commented that Dhoni should leave captaincy now u seeing a lot of change that he can do captaincy till 2019

  • viji69 on March 7, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Let us live in the present, and not to worry too much about future. No gaurantee, that one goes to sleep will wake up alive the next day, hence do not take away the effort putin by the team. People make their career, by speaking about the national team, IT is their job, which they are doing it for their living, there is not sanctity in that. All greats will remain greats, if refrained giving unsolicited advice.

  • on March 7, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Mr. Gavaskar is losing so many people's respect by his unstable statements. If Aus win the last two tests then again he will recommend Kohli to replace Dhoni. No wonder vl be there.

  • chaitanya_t on March 7, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    This is one of the most ridiculous statement coming from Gavaskar. Assume the following happens: 1. India loses to South Africa (most likely result) next winter 2. India loses to England (most likely result) next year 3. India fails to reach semi finals in 2015 WC in Australia (highly likely) 4. Dhoni fails to perform as a batsman in overseas tests (highly likely) Do we still see him as a captain, that too till 2019? Lets not get carried away by 2 test match wins on home pitches against a weak Australian side. Not too long ago, England beat us 2-1 on home pitches.

  • on March 7, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    Sunny must have said this with tongue in cheek..lets be realistic Dhoni couldn't win against Eng with these great spinners ..was winning against curator of Eden gardens..he will not win against SA when indians tour there ..we know what happened when india could have easily won the test against WI in WI by 2-0 the same Dhoni played safe...the very same people who are praising Dhoni now will come to their senses when India have the next tour...this Aus Team is the weakest team to tour India and they don't have any quality player apart from Clarke(batting) and Pattison(bowling)...think Aus can win in Mohali with pitch liking to Aus style.Players like Jadeja and Vijay are very lucky,they will be clearly exposed in future tours

  • djain-uk on March 7, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    WHOA, At home no one better, but can't forget the whitewash in UK & Aus. Dhoni obvious test choice for home, but not away. Clarke concerned after losing only two tests, why is Dhoni exempt from such worries? When one or two players fail, you can say individual performance being the cause, but spectacular failure of all 11 players (barring the odd performance here or there), and Dhoni having so much control in selection too, can't help but feel someone else should be being groomed too. Why aren't any wicket keepers being tested out? Purely because this would be a threat to Dhoni. Overall Ganguly definitely the best for me, no one better away & he inspired some truly magnificent wins at home too. Even he had a shelf life, & that was the days in only 2 formats of the game. More stress, shorter shelf life. Soon Dhoni won't have much hair left to go grey! Cricket needs continued innovation, way I see it, Dhoni has at best two more yrs at captaincy, & that too only if he doesn't get injured

  • on March 7, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    This is same guy who said cpl months ago that kohli is ready for the captaincy..... mr gavaskar u have to stop jumping all over the place..... how can u say dhoni should lead til 2019??????? Yea he is having a good series now but what hapen if india lose 3 or 4 series on the trot???? I'm pretty sure u will change opinion again......

  • on March 7, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    unless dhoni does something special on the overseas tours coming up i don't see any reason to be delighted. we've only won two test matches on home turf against what is probably one of the most ill-equipped aussie sides to hit indian shores for as long as i can remember......

    and even though dhoni'ld like us to live in the moment and enjoy any success this team finds even if it's in home conditions, the fact remains that guys like pujara and ojha and ashwin will have to prove themselves in alien conditions before they can be designated as being test class.

  • on March 7, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Why is everyone toeing the BCCI line ? MSD till 2019 ? geez..that is 6 long years...and he got two wins at home against a weak Australian team with pitches tailor-made to Indian spinners ? Suddenly he has become the messiah of Indian cricket ? How people lose touch with reality ? MSD can be considered till 2019 if he atleast draws the series against South Africa and England, both overseas tours..Those will be the true test of his captaincy.. Kudos to Gavaskar for mentioning Dravid..I thought Gavaskar can sing praises only about Mumbai players...especially Tendulkar.. As Greg Chappell said, Dravid would have been India's most successful captain if he had more support within the team as well as from BCCI..especially selection committee headed by that joker Vengsarkar...surprise, he is another Mumbaikar..

  • on March 7, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Well, that is most premature statement by Mr Gavaskar. Perhaps this is the first time Dhoni has won against quality team in test matches. But this Aus team is weakest of last 20 years! Again, Dhoni is a captain because there seems to be no alternative of him as of now, considering Srinivasan and co's excuse that Kohli is too 'young' to lead. Consider this, India has worst record in T20 world cups now. In test arena also, India has delivered worst performance at home and abroad in the past 2 years. Now winning 2 matches against weaker opposition and Gavaskar and Shastri are on their way of hailing him one of the greatest captains. Why only till 2019 only? Why not for lifetime?

  • on March 7, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    In the hype of 'talented youngsters' coming through India needs to remember that so far only Ashwin, Pujara and Kohli have made the grade in Test cricket. Jury is still out on Ojha and Vijay. The selectors are 100% right to stick with proven Test-grade veterans like Harbhajan, Sehwag, Gambhir and the captaincy of Dhoni. India are still one Test batsman short in their line-up which is why I found the great clamour for getting rid of Laxman and Dravid so foolish. The team needs stability. Faddish rotation of players will lead to a very swift demise. I agree with Gavaskar's comments on Dhoni.

  • on March 7, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    When they were losing, throw him out. Now, they have won so keep him till 2019. Dhoni is now doubt a great leader but I am afraid when they visit SA, how will Mr. Gavaskar defends his comments he has given above provided they came after winning against a much weaker side and that too under the conditions that suppports India :)

  • TRAM on March 7, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Interesting this is. Cricinfo has fancycricket, nice database etc. I wish they put a nice graph similar to stock charts with tools for the cricket fans to predict what would be Gavaskar's favorite day by day basis. Pretty unpredictable.

  • Nampally on March 6, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    Gavaskar was one of the best opening batsmen in the World & certinly had the best technique & defence. While I respect his cricketing ability, I do not support his endorsement of Dhoni's captaincy till 2019. if thie happens, then Dhoni will carry players like Harbhajan till 2019 with him too! How can you take anyone's ability for granted for the next 7 years? Dhoni is nearly 32 now & in my opinion he is a tunnel visioned Captain. At best he will survive for another 3 years as a cricketer. His overseas captaincy has been poor & he is not a guy who unites the team. There are many youngsters whose careers have been spoiled by MSD's oft benching. We don't hear of Rahul Sharma anymore! MSD needs to learn to be tactful if at all he wants to go forward. I predict when Mr. Srinivasan is gone from BCCI, Dhoni falls as well.Sorry, Mr. Gavaskar, I do not agree with your thoughts.

  • on March 6, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    I think we Indian Fans need 'Like' option for some of the comments here...;)

  • Klgn on March 6, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Reason for Sunny, is looking for positive change from commentator to!!!!

  • Nish_US on March 6, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Really 99% will support the statement that "DHONI should captain till 2019". Lets take a poll on cricinfo and see...

  • Nish_US on March 6, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    For the lack of compelling options - Dhoni can remain as the captain until 2015, but he should

    1. Curb his favoritism towards Jadeja,Rohit, Ashwin, Vijay (use performance as the bench mark) 2. Not block talented guys like Pujara (ODI), Tiwari, Irfan, Rahane, Ojha 3. Cool & calm is good, but you need to inspire confidence, show fighting spirit, DO SOMETHING when things are not going away - than be a mere on looker. Captaincy is not about one-way traffic speech in the huddle - it is about how use the experience of the veterans and the enthusiasm of the newbies and channel them to fight it out till the last ball is bowled.

  • on March 6, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    I totally agree with Harmonee111, very good thought to learn for all those who think negative. He is right on " Those who are obstinate, those who are too rigid in their opinions and think that present opinions should be slaves to the past events are the ones who are at fault here" Opinion can change as situation demands. MSD is great and Sunny sir is right one to judge. 99% will support this. who cares about 1% ?

  • on March 6, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    dhoni alaways have the brave heart...the problem is not in his captaincy..lack of vision in selectors...however..nice recovery after defeats in england and aussiess in 2011 and 2012..it is ok in home conditions with good spinners like ashwin and ojha...india should not remain as strong at home...they should try hard on southafrica,england and australia pitches also.. i think now all the stuff has gone in viru(34)...indian future depends mainly on pujara , kohli and rahane.they should give a chance for rohith sharama where he played nearly 100 odis.. sachin's career is almost over...so sachin,zaheer,sehwag,bhajii careers almost ended.selectors may be happy with floating money in ipl...performances at home...what about performance in abroad????????????????????

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Sunny is one of my role models, but sadly, I disagree with him on this one. By this account, Sunny could next say that Sachin should play on until 2029! Please take a break Sunny bhai - will do you good! And us too!!

  • NCP1 on March 6, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Wow till 2019! People must like Dhoni so much, only couple of months ago he was to be removed from test side. What if one of the youngster like Virat or Pujara gets few double hundreds and same time Dhoni gets out cheaply. SA white washes India in tests or even AUS defeats India heavily in one or two remaining tests. Everything can change quickly. Dhoni has to be fit and in form to stay as a captain. Too much credit is given to all the wins in subcontinent conditions where any captain would have done fine. SA T20 win was due to Brilliance of Yuvi, Irfan, Bhajji and Gambhir not really captaincy at all as subsequent T20 have shown.

  • Powersss on March 6, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    I think Mr. Gavaskar is more qualified than any of us to comment on MSD. We as viewers of cricket should just stick to enjoying the game, instead of getting too involved in who should play or retire... India has achieved 2 test wins in a row, so let us leave that to the selection committee.... Am sure that they understand the game way better than us, else we would have been in their place.... Cheers!!!

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    I still think that Virat Kohli is our future captain, at least by the year 2015. I would be happy if they put Kohli in the vice-captains role at this moment, and wait till 2015. I personally don't think that Dhoni is a bad captain, but he's not a good captain in all conditions, and he must surely think of grooming Virat Kohli if he is seriously concerned about Indian cricket in the long run. I think Gavaskar's view was very encouraging of Dhoni, but I think we should not be singing Dhoni's praises yet, he still has a lot to prove by 2015. Give Virat Kohli the captaincy in 2015, give him the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them, and maybe by 2017, you'll have a very good finished article!!

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    "I never saw any one changing his statements so quickly as that man Gavaskar does. He is one of the great of the game but if we read his past statement against Dhoni just after the unfortunate England series we will laugh on him certainly.Let this team tour some foreign country the same man will apear as the biggest basher of Dhoni.Now the truth is there is no magic stick in hands of Dhoni who has changed this team just in a month the real fact is the poor display of performance ny the AUS team as they are immature and vulnerable against spin.These xomments of Gavaskar showa how imamture he is as a ckt analyst or is he pretending to become once again the apple of eyes of the Board after some harsh comment he made after the defeat against England who knows!":

  • Raki99 on March 6, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Just couple months back, we all where gunning for his Head and now Sunny says he can captain until 2019, I would still say he is unimaginative leader, this two wins againsts a subpar aussie team dosen't make him a good leader. Lets wait and watch also the series is not over yet and lets see what happens to us in SA. Jadeja is not gone work in SA, He should have just gone with rahane at 6 and Ojha instaed of bhajji. But he is still not planning for SA.

  • thinktank1 on March 6, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Mr. Gavaskar, will you please give some meaningful statements every now and then. Dhoni will be retiring from Cricket in another 1,2 yrs most. You are talking about 2019. I am not sure what you want from a man who keeps in 10 formats, bats in 10 formats, captains in 10 formats. Is he a man or machine to play till 2019?

  • BeatTheChamps on March 6, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    This is laughable. 2 home test wins against a weak team and Sunny is getting ahead of himself. No one can guarantee form or fitness for 6 years. Don't look beyond 2015 for now. A time will come when a better leader will emerge and it will happen much before 2019.

  • on March 6, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    How on earth can you make a statement like this!!! A 6 year stint. Even the US President only gets a 4 year term. Lets not forget its only been a few months since everyone was chastising Dhoni! How fickle we are.

  • karpurapu_kalyan on March 6, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    DADA is the BEST EVER INDIAN CAPTAIN: Below are the facts

    BEST batsman & bowler can be judged by no of runs scored and wickets taken but BEST captain can not be judged on WIN/LOSS RATIO alone.....please evaluate below facts and if any DHONI supports can give few instances of DHONI's leadership which has longer impact are welcome

    1. How many people know that DADA after taking over captaincy used to watch Ranji matches from stands travelling across INDIA to SPOT & TAP the TALENT......please google you will find truth.....ZKhan,Yraj,Hjan,Swag,Dhoni are watched by DADA and later pushed for selection into INDIAN team otherwise it would have taken more time for these players to break into NATIONAL TEAM

    2. How many people know that GANGULY addressed INDIA's long-term issue of quality OPENERS which is instrumental in INDIA's ROAD TO NO.1 in TESTS...sehwag was forced to open assuring him of his place even he fails

  • on March 6, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    I am a big fan of MS Dhoni specially about his captaincy... but the problem is that after loosing one or two series these are the people who will blame Dhoni of loss. Why such type of people don't understand: Win and Loss is a part of Game and other teams are also here to play and win. For that people, kindly don't output ur frustartion in such a way....

  • Baundele on March 6, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    I have seen Azharuddin, Ganguly, Dravid, Tendulkar and Dhoni as Indian captains. Dhoni is the best one in my book. He has all the quality to continue as the captain even beyond 2019; but everything depends on his own performance. The way Gavaskar commented on it did not help Dhoni; instead revealed Gavaskar's lack of knowledge.

  • SamRoy on March 6, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    I really wish India plays a 5 match test series vs Pakistan now! We will lose very badly (Ajmal factor) and all those praising Dhoni's captaincy will start bashing him. These fair weather people. Wasn't Gavaskar the one who said Kohli is ready for test captaincy. I have a reason for hating Dhoni's captaincy and i.e. he is too defensive and sometimes unimaginative (even though I like Dhoni the individual a lot). Also I hope he ensures that the team rids itself of useless baggage like Sehwag, Bhajji and Tendulkar.

  • Hardy1 on March 6, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Calm down Sunny, he's just won 2 home Tests against the weakest Australian side for many a decade, that is all.

  • Bamarolls on March 6, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Dear Sunny, You have earned so much of my respect that you can make any comment you want, but less outrageous comments will help the massive goodwill you have built in the bank. Where should I rate this comment? Probably a notch above the time you declared that Kapil will never make another half century in rest of his career (was it in 1982?) Probably you are coaxing the board to provide leadership stability that has historically been lacking in BCCI. While Dhoni has displayed the golden touch of leadership in every format - BCCI should persuade him to lighten his excessive load. I would like to learn from WI of 80s- where persistency with their aging stars cost them massively in developing new blood. While Dhoni deserves maore than the accolades he gets, India's well being should be foremost.

  • on March 6, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    I think Dhoni is the best choice when it comes to captaincy in any format...He has handled so much pressure and criticism throught 5-6 years now...He is the fittest player in the current Indian cricket team... He has kept himself fit and injury free through all these years...He is still CAPTAIN COOL and a match winner in any format(he has proved)...So he is still backed by BCCI and many senior players of Indian team... Also he has been in stupendous form and he backs the young players like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar...

  • Mail4kar on March 6, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    New Approach?? I don't see anything like that. The truth is Aussie struggling to play spin.. That's it.. Few days ago Gavaskar said "Virat kohli is ready for captaincy..". Now he wants Dhoni to lead India until 2019 WC.. If India lose next games, he will just reverse it again.. MSD itself says his captaincy success over hyped.. Just check the stats, MSD won 17 out of 22 matches only in home conditions.. "We never accept and hear your words Mr.Gavaskar".. You're a good batsmen, agreed.. Not a good commentator at all...

  • VoxPopuli on March 6, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Here we go again ... the moment you win, somewhere, against some week team that is struggling to rebuild itself - Gavaskar started tripping over himself to praise him. Let us understand that this is not exactly a world -beating Australia team and Dhoni has arrived after miserable failures away from home. Wait for South Africa and see. May be Gavaskar turns out to be right - but it is not clear yet.

    Surprising that this guy gets paid for his analysis on TV - given his lack of analytical skills.

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

    GAVASKAR-just as great in batting and just as much ordinary in commenting or giving statements..... he is of 2 minds.... first he thought virat should lead india, then he is saying dhoni should continue and that too till 2019..... are you kidding me???? agian when sachin was continuously bowled 3 times against newzeland , gavaskar told thats the sigh of ageging and sachin should take retirement.... he got 80+ fluent runs in 1st match , he told sachin has another 2 years of cricket left in him.....

    seriously?? are these kind of statements that a senoir players should be giving????

  • Crazy_4cricket on March 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    MSD shouldn't really give any attention to these Flattery.... I clearly remember after the last series against England, Gavaskar had given one interview to immediately appoint Kohli as the Captain.. as he had made a patient century in Nagpur.. after a pathetic series..... Two wins and a double Hundred to MSD... and he thinks Dhoni should be given the reign for next 5-6 years...

    Such types of comments are not expected from somebody with so much experience and knowledge (????) in Cricket..!!!

  • CricketMaan on March 6, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    He first criticized Viru for picking IPL over windies tour that resulted in a distarous England tour for Viru. Then he now supports stating Viru needs chances to carry on and get confidence back. He said Kholi should take over from Dhoni, but now he wants Dhoni to continue. I'm losing intrest in what the Gr8 Sunny 'my cricketing idol' is saying these days.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on March 6, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    This is the reason why it is tough to be as a captain of Indian team. Drastic change in the opinions on Indian captain from "sack him immediately" to "settle him for long time" just after winning 2 test matches.

  • Batmanindallas on March 6, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    I like Gavaskar the batsmen but as commentator on cricket he sometimes does not make sense. He sees Dhoni doing all the roles he currently does for next 6 years?? Even layman like me see that probability as close to Zero but then I don't have to be air waves and columns to fill

  • PratUSA on March 6, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    As respected as Mr Gavaskar is, his flip-flop is funny. First he said Dhoni should continue than he changed his mind and thought Kohli was ready and now he thinks there should be no change for next 6 years. Wait till South Africa tour and see what experts think at that time.

  • on March 6, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    The people who were criticizing Dhoni some time back, are now asking him to lead till 2019! I still remember Dhoni made a statement some time back that he may retire from one of the formats of cricket before 2015 WC! From that perspective, I really like Dhoni's equanimity of mind.. He is least bothered about such comments.. Instead he makes his own decisions! Hats off Dhoni.. Just forget what people are telling you.. Just listen to your heart.. Do what is the best for the Indian cricket!!!

  • Dhanno on March 6, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Gavaskar's comments are published based on his stature in game. Never a thought is given/ analysis presented of how biased/ trotting the official line some of these past players are. I can only assume there were reporters/ media who heard the above statements. Did anyone stop to ask, how come Clarke (prior to this series, and even here personally)/ Smith, Cook are not being talked off to be captain for next 6 years? No one says that, although they have been leading their sides successfully & respectfully over last few years. We have a Capt who was finding excuses till 2 test ago, 8-0/ 10-1 nothing mattered to him. An ODI victory was better than some amazing test results of past. Defensive mindset (and it has not changed, just that india been on top during last 2 tests), fights with curators, backing players from a certain private team. Those are his other contributions. Didnt anyone feel to bring this up to gavaskar while he suggested 6-yrs capt on 8 days of play ?

  • SRISESH on March 6, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    I don't think Gavaskar is right. The 2 wins over the depleted Aussies is no cure for the Indian deficiency. Also, I dont see big improvement in Dhoni, but Clarkes shortfall looks like as though Dhoni and Indian team has improved.

  • Kalyanb85 on March 6, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    2 matches won in Home conditions against a hapeless Aussies batting line up, and suddenly Mr.Dhoni is the king and people want him to lead till 2019. Not to sound rude but this is ridiculous.I agree I am biggest hater of Dhoni, But for valid reasons.Despite that even I am very much impressed with him in the recent 2 test matches.It was not about the runs he scored, it was the intent.His captaincy was good too but does not mean he is suddenly Lord of the world now.I bet anyone to sit with me and I am sure I'll convince you he was 'THE' reason for the 4-0,4-0 and the 2-1. Dhoni is lucky to be the captain of the test team despite saying that he considered the 2007 world cup loss a bigger defeat that the recent England series loss.Which test captain says that?? This was just his second MOM award in the 1st test(And even the 1st one, we all know he was not the best performer in that match).One final question, When did Dhoni ever save/win a test match on his own(Batting/keeping).

  • on March 6, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Aditya Bhangle, Dhoni already won a test in SA...

  • Pathiyal on March 6, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    MSD as a batsman or as a wicket keeper are acceptably good most of the time and excellent at crucial moments. he is pro active, extremely capable here and abroad, excellent in man management - a quality which adminstrators, team managers, team coaches crave for and he is not someone who resort to blame tactics. he has not shown any bias nor is known to have involved in any kind of 'politics' like every other Indian skipper (barring Kapil-Dravid-Kumble) has done/ had to do at some point of their captaincy careers. but..the only lack now a days is his team selection which tends to go bizarre and it gives an impression to cricket followers in general and the opposition team in particular that the team is left only with limited resources to chose from. i wish he will do better in that aspect from now on and rotate players better based on their current form rather than their past glory. agreeing with him that the captaincy success is overhyped, i wish him all the best.

  • Adit_Pankaj on March 6, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    After last series great heads in Indian Cricket were discussion looking for future captain of India in all three formats. Everyone was talking about Kohli being next captain or should Gambhi replace Dhoni. All of sudden India wins 2 test matches, now every one talking about Dhoni conituning till 2019. Victories against this Oz team. Is this Oz team is really strong one. Is their batting line up really good one and finally it better not to talk about their bowling. Does wins against such should be counted as great achivement.

  • naren1983 on March 6, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Sunny, the joking man now-a-days. The same man after the Nagpur test against Eng, recommended Virat Kohli to consider as Captain since he has potential. But now, after just 2 test matches, he again wanting Dhoni to continue, that too till 2019.. Dhoni himself said sometime back that if he wants to continue the cricket for WC 2015, he has to leave one format. Also he said he will look up the things around 2013 to continue about playing test matches. But things happening around now, he wont leave test matches, he took responsibilities for the recent losses and eager to achieve back. This is Dhoni. He should captain both Test & ODI until 2015 and see, that will be good for the team as of now. Atleast T20 should be given to Virat Kohli and scrap IPL should be given to anyone else like Raina/Ashwin or someone. Lets Dhoni concentrate on Tests & ODIs.

  • mxnmxn on March 6, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    I did not expect this kind of stupid statement from astute person like SG. Captain's job is to keep team focused so that it can perform better - not to rule the team. In cricket, game rules! IMO, besides Sachin and Virat there is no one in this Indian team who qualify world class. Making favorable tracks to trick visiting team is killing the essence of this game. When batting in Australia, Indian batsmen were not able to stand on wicket - forget about making centuries. We have to wait on Pujara to see how he performs overseas.

  • on March 6, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    I hope to have people show same affection after SA series :), because I am pretty sure about results .

  • cricket_slcsupport on March 6, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    The same GAVASAKAR who said Dhoni should retire from test captancy is asking Dhoni to continue till 2019. Funny how people change so quickly

  • on March 6, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Nothing against Dhoni.. but Shocked to hear this from Gavaskar... Suddenly he wins a couple of matches on mine fields and we make him the toast of the nation.. I mean.. 2019? seriously? Is he talking abt ODI or Tests? If its tests - then let him win atleast a test in SA.. and if its ODI's i wonder whether he will play till then..

  • on March 6, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    I think on advent on leading a home series one shouldn't jump to conclusions. This Australian team is very different to the all conquering teams of the past. The fact is that we lost 8 test matches in a row and the only new batsman we have gained after the debacle is Pujara. The seam bowling attacking looks very weak and the batsman like Vijay, Jadeja and even Pujara haven't been tested so has been Ashwin on seaming tracks. Its ironic that memory of Indian public is short. The problems that plague Indian Cricket remain unchanged and replacing or not replacing does not mitigate them.

  • Rags57 on March 6, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Even the best of commentators seem to get overboard on this. What has happened in two tests that makes one project and forecast for what it should be 6 years from now? Even Dhoni would find such a recommendation amusing. There is still a long way to go even before the current series is wrapped up and Dhoni needs to come good in overseas conditions, both as a player and a captain. For now, let us rejoice in the fact that Dhoni has done a good job in this series so far and wish him well for the immediate future. Predicting and recommending for what it would or should be beyond 1 or 2 years is futile and not a healthy practice. We don't expect that from Sunil Gavaskar and the like.

  • shrastogi on March 6, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Dhoni suddenly has become the hottest property. I dont think he has changed significantly as captain since England series. There is a quality difference between the England side and the current aussie side. The England debacle was due to hopeless overestimation of Indian strengths and a gross underestimation of English spin attack specially Panesar. If India had prepared wickets like Ahmedabad which would have allowed their struggling form batsmen to regain some form India would have won the series. The desire to have spinning track and hence get 4-0 result backfired as the batsmen were exposed to some quality spin bowling. 2019 is very far away. For Dhoni to last that long he would have to reduce his workload by relinquishing T20 captaincy where his own strike rate as batsmen and success rate in t20 WCs is questionable though I doubt a less burdened Dhoni may not suddenly show jump in strike rate.

  • QingdaoXI on March 6, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Offcourse Dracid is the best Captain Indian Had in overseas In Pakistan (1-1-0), West Indies (1-0-3) out of 3 drawn matches India was winning two quite comfortable In first Test 1 day was wasted due to rain and Match was drwan West Indies having 1 wk in hand in 3rd test India came from back after giving lead and Chasing 370+, India were 290+ for 4 wkts bur there also some overs in two-three sessions were lost due to rain, He is the first captain to won a match in South Africa, he would have won the series, if India would have not catipulate in last Innings of last test. In England too he won series, 1-0 with 2 drawn matches and Bangladesh 1-0-1 one ,match drawn due to rain. In total dravid captain in 14 away matches won 5 loss 3 and draw 6 that too in good position that is some record.

  • Prats6 on March 6, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    There would soon be a time when serious followers would stop listening to Sunny. His words keep changing by the minute.

  • Sarfin on March 6, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Dhoni is an excellent captain for India. But till 2019? I can bet Mr. Gavaskar whould be one of the first persons to call for his head after two bad series. Thanks to him for acknowledging Dravid's contribution as a captain...

  • The_Ashes on March 6, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    I think Dhoni should be captain till 2050 :)

  • Baundele on March 6, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    The need of cricketing brain to become a successful cricketer is over rated. Gavaskar is an example. He is one of the greats of the game; but he does know very little about cricket.

  • Kunal-Talgeri on March 6, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    ** DOFF OF HAT ** to Mr Gavaskar for acknowledging Rahul Dravid's contributions as captain of India. Very few have appreciated that Dravid led us to series wins in England and West Indies, including his demonstration-by-performance in outbatting Lara's team during the Jamaica Test. It mustn't be forgotten either that Dravid led India to its first Test win in South Africa in 2006. Statistics don't always capture the value of contributions, especially given India's woeful overseas record and its overvalued home record.

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Reserve this statement till they come back from SA and AUS.

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    if dhoni want to play till 2019 then he have quit ipl .

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Do not judge this Indian team's performance after two tests against weakened Australian Test Team. Look Australia lost some of their quality players over the period of 2 to 3 years. Hayden,Gilchrist,Ponting,Mcgrath,Warne,Macgill,Hussey, Brad Haddin etc. Huge void in the test team cannot be filled overnight. On the contrary India lost only some in Dravid,Ganguly,Laxman. India is playing in their Home turf on their choicest pitches. During Eng series the curators prepared sporting pitches and now the pitches have been tailor made for India. So Mr. Gavaskar asking Selectors to retain Dhoni till 2019 WC is the some thing cannot digest. Dhoni is poor captain overseas. Dravid is also having the same record. Only Ganguly's men were the best in overseas conditions. Do not forget Dhoni lost 8 tests in a row in overseas very badly. First of all Cricket pundits like Gavaskar to judge Dhoni's captaincy after the forthcoming South Africa series later this year. Too early to judge MSD's captaincy.

  • TATTUs on March 6, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    LOL! I am sure he would want him out tomorrow for some reason. Fine, we won 2 matches against an average Aussie side troubled by their own umpteen problems at home. We met a strong England team and we had absolutely no answers. We had the same team then too. I dont think Bhuvaneswar Kumar [the only difference] has suddenly provided all the balance needed to the side. Ridiculous!

    We will meet a strong South African [hopefully they remain strong] later and we will know how good is our team really.

  • andrew27994 on March 6, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Lol!!! Gavaskar's comments are becoming funnier every moment. First he suggests that Kohli should take over captaincy instead of Dhoni when it's very obvious that the problem is not necessarily leadership but poor team selection by way of retaining the same old players in the team and mind you, we all know how successful Dhoni has been for India in the past( he has won India 2 World Cups). Now when India start winning matches he praises Dhoni. From what I've noticed Dhoni's captaincy style has remained the same but the reason for the team's success is due to the introduction of younger players in the side especially reforming our bowling attack and the inclusion of all rounders like Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhajji and Bhuvaneshwar make India a very formidable Test side.

  • on March 6, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    I am really surprised at the extremity of Sunil Gavaskar's comments, if I am not mistaken, he tipped Virat Kohli to take over the captaincy just recently after he made one century in a series where India lost 4-0.

  • bumsonseats on March 6, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    maybe a good captain but very average as a wicket keeper. when you look at the lasts days play which i have just finished watching the # of times he does not take the ball clean one of the original iron gloves and thats not a term off endearment

  • Harmony111 on March 6, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    To all those who are criticizing Sunny for his apparent change in stand vis-a-vis MSD should note that any rational person WILL change his stand if the fresh empirical evidence demands it. Those who are obstinate, those who are too rigid in their opinions and think that present opinions should be slaves to the past events are the ones who are at fault here. Talking about 2019 would be a long shot as of now but the crux of Sunny's comment that MSD is showing a positive change can't be denied. MSD has been a bit more vocal and is seen celebrating wickets a bit more than he did in the past. It is amazing that some ppl criticized MSD in the past for being too cool and now that he changes it some then these ppl instead of noticing it are calling Sunny as fickle.

    @Samar_Singh: Sunny is indeed rated very very highly by a very large section of ppl. Only those who are verbal masochists and over-neutral pull down our own men. Any day Sunny is miles ahead of Taylor & Healy's biased comments.

  • SRIDWI on March 6, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Dhoni as a captain and also as a cricketer is very good for limited overs format including T20 and IPL. When it comes to test matches, no doubt, he has been India's most succesful captain but all that are at home and not many in abroad except in SL and NZ, the victories of which are records for India. Therefore, we should develop someone like Kohli for test cricket and give dhoni complete rest in test matches. He might have scored double century in chennai but he cannot repeat that in testing conditions of Aus / Eng / SA. We have already seen his failures as batsman in Australia and England. We may also see in SA shortly. So,taking sunny's words in crude form, one can assume that it is applicable for limited overs format till 2019 which is just 6 years away and MSD by then would be around 37, still a reasonable age to be in the league.

  • RAJEESHKUMAR on March 6, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Gavaskar said the right thing for an extent. Dhoni's attitude has changed without any doubt, both in captaincy and in batting. He had been very defensive in recent years(not just in the 4-0 losses vs eng and aus). Those are changed now. But i dont agree, allowing him to continue until 2013. We should wait and see for that

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on March 6, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Two consecutive test wins in friendly conditions and suddenly the knives have vanished, replaced by bouquets. Why do we have to over-react after every win and more importantly, after every loss? The same folks who were baying for blood, asking for Dhoni's head on a platter just 2 months back are now asking him to stay for the next 6 years! Lets see what they say after a string of losses in SA...

  • ooper_cut on March 6, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Gavaskar is old and his comments reflect his age. I am sure by the end of this year, he will want him out.

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on March 6, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    hey hey hey - comon this just a 2 tests win that too in india... have we forgotten already a EIGHT (8) consecutive losses to england and australia overseas and most recently to england series 2-1... who ever is praising msd now will spare no single chance to criticize him and its going to happen for sure once we tour overseas again... yes dhoni is confident now coz gambhir is gone who was a real threat to him as a captain sehwag is almost going too so he has all the blocks filled-up with his own men around... regards to kholi it takes time for him to lead the seniors.. in short is dominant now and keep that for long time.... WE WILL KNOW DHONI WHEN WE TOUR ABROAD - LETS SEE...

  • Thyagu5432 on March 6, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Nothing succeeds like success. 2 successes and he should be our captain forever. Just a few months back, Amarnath had remarked how he recommended to the board that Dhoni should be dropped. After SA tour, I am sure Amarnath will come back to life and say that Dhoni should have been dropped long ago and Gavaskar would be sitting next to him nodding his head in the affirmative. Just live the current, enjoy India wins. Who knows what happens tomorrow? 2019 could be the year of Arjun Tendulkar.

  • A.Ak on March 6, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    India have no other choice than Dhoni. He is a default member in all formats, his ODI form is one of the best ever, test batting has improved recently, other captain hopes like Gambhir and Shewag are near the exit door and youngsters will take their place. Bhajji, is hoping to cement his place. Kholi, its very early to make him a captain, so as other youngsters.

  • Samar_Singh on March 6, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    That's why Sunny is not regarded high by the cricketing fraternity.No doubt with his ability as a batsman but is by no mean a quality critics or a commentator . He is not consistent with his thoughts / opinions, prejudice with some players and always biased commentators . His opinions are very contradictory. He is the same man how said Kohli should be the captain sacking MSD .. now what makes him turn his thoughts within a month , 2 test win against a poor opposition. Sorry Sunny you have lost so many ppls respect.

  • satishchandar on March 6, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Leave all the stuffs and change of hearts after every couple of games. If Dhoni feels he is good enough to play or if the selectors feel he is good enough to play, let him continue. What is with this 2015-2019 stuffs? What if he is badly injured and leaves the game. His game is a bit good this point of time. Let us be happy with this and hope he carries on for more period of time. That's it. He still need to be more astute when things goes wrong. He was really tested in the England series where the spinners were not effective as batsmen were of higher caliber. Let the guy do his work and no praising or bashing in cyclic order after every couple of games please.

  • GSTR on March 6, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Gavaskar was a great cricketer and i have respect for him, but does not mean to give such stupid and irresponsible statement. Some days ago he was talking with different tune and suddenly gets U turn on it.He is a useless commentator and in commentary also he supports the Indian team.If u re commentator u should support both sides.

  • on March 6, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    He's beating a poor Australian outfit. As captain he has also been on the receiving end of twp 4-0 whitewashes and as captain oversaw a 2-1 series home loss to England. Pretty ordinary comments from Gavaskar.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on March 6, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Dhoni will not drop anyone from Team unless until Selector will not Drop them. Unless Ishanth and Bajji not drooped by selectors he will not drop them from Team.

  • Tahir_Anjum on March 6, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Haha Mr.Sunil you are a real funny a guy.. Some time earlier you were trying to convince that Dhoni should be removed and now you are asking something contradictory. May be after sometime your opinion will not be the same! may be the SA series..

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on March 6, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Dhoni is good captain. Everyone will praise when he won the trophy or series, but criticize badly when he lost the series. But one thing Dhoni has to change is replace some poor performing guys. Ishanth and Bajji from Test Team, Rohith From ODI etc. He gave ample amount of time to these guys to perform. But they are not performed up to the mark. See india has so many talented player. Like Badrinaath, Tiwary, Uttapa, Pankaj Singh, Amith Mishra etc. Pls give half of chance for them when former mentioned player not performed. They are playing for India not for them selves. They want to play for money IPL is there. Give chance to Badrinaath in at least ODI if there is no plays in Test XI. Pls consider Ashok Maneria, Sturart Binny for Alrounder place. They will perform better than Ishanth(I think)

  • here2rock on March 6, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    I think the problem is extra work load. Dhoni has too much on his plate. He needs to give up one format of the game, which format will it be? That is a very tough question. You do not want your captain to be burn out. It might be a good idea not to play him in every ODI and T20 series, he can pick and choose.

  • vikneshk on March 6, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    dhoni was on peak till Sehwag is on fire. Once Sehwag & Gambhir form dipped, Indian Top order tilted and eventually Dhoni's team lose their way. Now give sewag a break and pull in Rahane or dhawan as a Vijays Partner and make a strong Toporder. If needed pull in Pujara for ODIs.

    ODI/T20:- Rahane/Dhawan/Rohit Vijay Kohli Yuvraj Pujara/Raina Dhoni Jadaja/Irfan(SubCont/Overseas) Ashwin Bhuvi Umesh Ishant/Aaron

  • Triplek on March 6, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    mere 2 wins at home against a weak bowling attack, made gavaskar forget the record loosing streak nd continue till 2019??..crap....

  • praneethtz on March 6, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Dhoni is the best and there is no alternative at present as wel..he has proved every thing as cricketer..now he has prove abroad as a batsman and captain..

  • Paddy789 on March 6, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    The reason we are playing 2 off spinner in the XI is because OZ's has plenty of lefties in their line up. Fine with the approach if you want to play 2 off spinner then get Parvez Rasool instead of Bhajji, if 4-0 is in mind we need to be ruthless, wicket taking bowlers from both ends will put extra pressure on their batsmen.

  • DaisonGarvasis on March 6, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    I respect Gavaskar for the Great Batsman that he was. But once he moved in to Cricket Administration and Commentary, he is not the same quality as he was with the bat. He clearly has his agenda whenever he open his mouth to speak. He is the same guy who was "openly angry" when Ganguly was selected for tests. Now he is talking Ganguly is one the best Captains. Dont even take whatever he said about Dhoni to any face value because it will all change in a matter of a series. After couple of test loses in the future he would come up and say Dhoni should have been removed from Captaincy after the England Series loss. So better ignore him.

  • on March 6, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    dhoni alaways have the brave heart...the problem is not in his captaincy..lack of vision in selectors...however..nice recovery after defeats in england and aussiess in 2011 and 2012..it is ok in home conditions with good spinners like ashwin and ojha...india should not remain as strong at home...they should try hard on southafrica,england and australia pitches also.. i think now all the stuff has gone in viru(34)...indian future depends mainly on pujara , kohli and rahane.they should give a chance for rohith sharama where he played nearly 100 odis.. sachin's career is almost over...so sachin,zaheer,sehwag,bhajii careers almost ended.selectors may be happy with floating money in ipl...performances at home...what about performance in abroad????????????????????

  • on March 6, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Few months earlier Mr. Sunil was saying to handover cap to Kohli now changed the statement with victory. Well hats of to such double standard person.

  • Nadeem85 on March 6, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    fully agreed with spinnermatt, this time they are winning at home and getting praise from them bt im sure send them quickly to aus or eng they definiteky lose with same line up.

  • ThemanID on March 6, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    No way would he lead until 2019. Hell his captaincy will be exposed AGAIN when India tours sa, aus and england. To defensive and keeps giving opportunities to flops like sehwag, harbhajan, rohit sharma and other flops. He can maybe captain then in odi but no to tests

  • spinnermatt on March 6, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Haha - what a typical kneejerk reaction. After the England series, Gavaskar was promoting Virat Kohli to be installed as captain immediately. Now after a couple of wins against a below par Australia, suddenly Dhoni is a brilliant captain again. If India lose the next Test Dhoni will be hung out to dry again.

  • KaptaanCricket on March 6, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    This man is of double standards! First he says Kohli should lead the team and when Dhoni wins a mere 2 tests Dhoni becomes a hero and should lead the team in the next 2 WCs as well!

  • KaptaanCricket on March 6, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    This man is of double standards! First he says Kohli should lead the team and when Dhoni wins a mere 2 tests Dhoni becomes a hero and should lead the team in the next 2 WCs as well!

  • spinnermatt on March 6, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Haha - what a typical kneejerk reaction. After the England series, Gavaskar was promoting Virat Kohli to be installed as captain immediately. Now after a couple of wins against a below par Australia, suddenly Dhoni is a brilliant captain again. If India lose the next Test Dhoni will be hung out to dry again.

  • ThemanID on March 6, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    No way would he lead until 2019. Hell his captaincy will be exposed AGAIN when India tours sa, aus and england. To defensive and keeps giving opportunities to flops like sehwag, harbhajan, rohit sharma and other flops. He can maybe captain then in odi but no to tests

  • Nadeem85 on March 6, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    fully agreed with spinnermatt, this time they are winning at home and getting praise from them bt im sure send them quickly to aus or eng they definiteky lose with same line up.

  • on March 6, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Few months earlier Mr. Sunil was saying to handover cap to Kohli now changed the statement with victory. Well hats of to such double standard person.

  • on March 6, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    dhoni alaways have the brave heart...the problem is not in his captaincy..lack of vision in selectors...however..nice recovery after defeats in england and aussiess in 2011 and 2012..it is ok in home conditions with good spinners like ashwin and ojha...india should not remain as strong at home...they should try hard on southafrica,england and australia pitches also.. i think now all the stuff has gone in viru(34)...indian future depends mainly on pujara , kohli and rahane.they should give a chance for rohith sharama where he played nearly 100 odis.. sachin's career is almost over...so sachin,zaheer,sehwag,bhajii careers almost ended.selectors may be happy with floating money in ipl...performances at home...what about performance in abroad????????????????????

  • DaisonGarvasis on March 6, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    I respect Gavaskar for the Great Batsman that he was. But once he moved in to Cricket Administration and Commentary, he is not the same quality as he was with the bat. He clearly has his agenda whenever he open his mouth to speak. He is the same guy who was "openly angry" when Ganguly was selected for tests. Now he is talking Ganguly is one the best Captains. Dont even take whatever he said about Dhoni to any face value because it will all change in a matter of a series. After couple of test loses in the future he would come up and say Dhoni should have been removed from Captaincy after the England Series loss. So better ignore him.

  • Paddy789 on March 6, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    The reason we are playing 2 off spinner in the XI is because OZ's has plenty of lefties in their line up. Fine with the approach if you want to play 2 off spinner then get Parvez Rasool instead of Bhajji, if 4-0 is in mind we need to be ruthless, wicket taking bowlers from both ends will put extra pressure on their batsmen.

  • praneethtz on March 6, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Dhoni is the best and there is no alternative at present as wel..he has proved every thing as cricketer..now he has prove abroad as a batsman and captain..

  • Triplek on March 6, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    mere 2 wins at home against a weak bowling attack, made gavaskar forget the record loosing streak nd continue till 2019??..crap....