Australia in India 2012-13 March 6, 2013

Positive change in Dhoni's captaincy - Gavaskar

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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..

  • darius 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

  • Abhishek 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!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • J on March 7, 2013, 7:51 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Basant 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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