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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