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Kohli ready for Test captaincy - Gavaskar

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December 17, 2012

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Virat Kohli celebrates his third century in Tests, India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 3rd day, December 15, 2012
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Virat Kohli, the 24-year-old batsman, is ready to take over the India Test captaincy from MS Dhoni, according to former India captain Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar's comments came in wake of India's 2-1 Test series loss to England, their first at home in eight years.

Kohli's dogged century in Nagpur, which helped lift a wobbling India to within four runs of England's first-innings total, showed he was ready for the added responsibility, Gavaskar told NDTV. "Till the fourth day of the Nagpur Test, I would have backed Dhoni. Now that Virat has come up with a hundred under trying circumstances where he curbed his natural game, he discovered a good part about himself.

"He is ready to take on the mantle of Test cricket [captain]. That needs to be looked at in a positive manner by everyone concerned, as that is where the future lies."

India were looking to win in Nagpur to deny England their first Test series win in India in 28 years. Instead, England finished on a comfortable 352 for 4 on the final day and the Test ended in a draw. It was an impressive comeback from England: India had won the first Test of the series in Ahmedabad by nine wickets, before the visitors rallied and completely outplayed them in the next two. This series loss rounds off a poor 18 months in Test cricket for India, during which they were whitewashed in England and Australia.

In this must-win Test, after India's lower-order inexplicably batted at a slow pace on the fourth morning, they could take only three England wickets in 79 overs on the day. England went to stumps 165 ahead, and could still have been under pressure had India struck early on the final day. However, India managed only one wicket in the day, that too in the final session.

In view of their dire need to win, Gavaskar said, India should have been proactive. "India could not get enough wickets on day four. Also, they doodled around in the first hour on day four. If India had wanted to win the Test, they could have shown some intent by declaring on the overnight total [on day three] or by asking the tailenders to play slam-bang cricket.

"Yes, England batted well. But you do not position a forward-short leg or silly point to get a catch there; you do that to force a batsman to give a catch some place else. Trott or Bell might have done something stupid then. India could have attacked more. But that's not the only reason India lost. Our bowlers were by and large ineffective."

Gavaskar also hinted at some of the senior India players not valuing Test cricket enough. "Looking at the Jadeja's, the Kohli's … you can easily see there is recognition, an appreciation there for Test cricket. It is some of the guys who have been around, who have done well in the past that are being a bit casual about it over the last couple of years."

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Posted by Samdanh on (December 20, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Kohli swears when taking a catch, when his team bowler picks a wicket and even when he gets a century. If made captain, he will swear whether he wins or loses the toss and could be reprimanded by the referee. But Gavaskar perhaps thinks Kohli, that way, will be the best to captain and be the most apt representative of India

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 20, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Gavaskar shouldn't and can't be taken seriously here. To suggest that a batsman who is just starting to find his feet, as a batsman, with the demands of international cricket is ready for the added demands of Captaincy is plain stupidity. There's no doubt in my mind that none from the triumvirate of Pujara, Kohli and Rahane should be made the Captain. Indian Captaincy is inherently linked to endorsement monies and so it's obvious that the establishment will be wanting a longterm Captain. But hey, sorry there's none now and BCCI have to control their greed for once, for the timebeing. So, just go with what you have and whom we can afford to sacrifice in the long run - Sehwag or Gambhir. Make one of them the Captain, put them on notice and that's it. Let them fail or succeed. It's not our problem. In the mean time, Kohli and Pujara will get more matured as international cricketers and then we can give one of them the Captaincy in an year's time. Not now. Not at all.

Posted by crindex on (December 20, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

When will Indians realize individual centuries dont win matches. Its the partnerships that win matches. I think Gavaskar should reflect on his own retiremenmt from cricket commentary since its so boring and stale. That's the reason for this "sensational idea" from him.

Posted by Ncnotorious on (December 19, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

lmao panic in indian because they lost one home series...no1 saw this coming? I mean even WI gave them abit of a rough time in India although india still won...England is a way better side than WI

Posted by jokerbala on (December 19, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Gavaskar is the main reason for India's "century mentatlity". Hit one century and all your past failures will be forgotten at the drop of a hat.Like Dravid, I see no alternative to Dhoni at present and that it not to say he is doing his best or he does not have the resources to do so.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

I disagree with Mr.Gavaskar. Just because Kohli scored one century in testing times, one cannot forget that he has failed miserably in all the other tests of the series. He has played just about 8-10 tests and has a long way to go before he can establish himself as a good test player. He has not toured all the test playing nations yet. It is premature to even think of placing a huge burden on him that could potentially affect his batting. Let him play as a batsman for a while more before he is ready. He is still learning the art of batting against quality teams.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Was that sunil Gavaskar? or some other Gavaskars...Cant believe it He is not even performing well in test cricket & U want him as our captain!!!!!!!! Perhaps Gavaskar is more interested in IPL now

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

I agree with Gavaskar's comments. The team didi not perform as a team and the seniors did not bat as was required. Even Kholi played a stupid shot toget out LBW and Dhoni should not have taken that suicide short run when he was run out. I also agree that they could have decleared earlier since they batted so slow. They did not attempt to force a win inany circumstances.

Posted by balajit on (December 19, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Cant understand why there cant be transition of replacing non performing TV / media experts ? fed up of listening to the same things being told by Gavaskar,shastri & co.

They dont have courage or conviction to talk anything against the board nor their favorite tendulkar.

Just as Indian team needs fresh legs & ideas . Even commentary needs fresh voices good at least dravid & ganguly are there as relief.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

even MSD has it 99 runs.......jus 4 runs short of kohli.........which doesnt mean tht dhoni hav to quit only fr one run......MSD shuld be d captain probably for d next couple of seasons..

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

Gambhir is a much better choice than Kohli as captain.Perhaps he can be made the VC under Gambhir.Dhoni should be replaced as WK by Saha in Tests,but he should remain as captain of the 20/20 and 50 over sides.

Posted by Udendra on (December 19, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

yes, but he'll need to attend 'Anger Management' courses first!

Posted by SUNDHUR on (December 19, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

It is best for Gautam Gambhir to take over as test captain and Kohli his deputy. Dhoni can retain captaincy for the ODI and T20 format. Although Dhoni's performance as the test captain is being critcised based on the current standings, we cannot forget his contributions as the most successful Indian captain in all formats of the game not to forget the heights he took the CSK team to. Let us not dump him and the glory he brought to Indian cricket. Indian cricket ignored the great warrior Kapil Dev and signs are there for Dhoni along the same line!

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Gavaskar is wrong and he has always been wrong in whatever he says. Dhoni cannot do much when his players are not performing.

Posted by Taha_Farrukh on (December 19, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

I think Indian cricket is going to be more trouble when kohli take charge.... what about sehwag, Ghambir , i think they should deserve instead Kohli otherwise Sachin is there so why should not give him captaincy so that he get some role in indian team....just captaincy....Just ......India want to c Sachin as a captain of Team India...again

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Y does mr. gavaskar does not talk about non performing people in team? why does not he talk abt sachin tendulkar?

Posted by infinity88 on (December 19, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

It is too early to judge the performances of Kohli and make him the Indian captain in tests. He's yet to prove his mettle in test matches actually. He hasn't scored that consistently in tests as he has done in the other two formats. So, at present, its MSD who can take this team forward not coz he's playing exceedingly well but just coz there's no proper replacement yet. Looks like Mr Gavaskar has jumped to a wrong conclusion just coz MSD ain't doing well and the team is on a losing streak.

Posted by Charlie101 on (December 19, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

One century in a series does not cement your place in a team and whilst Kohli may be the future and is a fine player it is too soon.We also saw that he did not handle himself very well in the Trott incident. The choices seeem to be 1. Stay with Dhoni 2. Go with Gambir 3. Go with Sehwag . It seems to me if Dhoni remains Captain there will be little or no change - Gambir needs dropping for the run outs and his general attitude ( " best opening pair in India " ) - so this leaves India's most dangerous player Sehwag . Sehwag has the experience and it may also be easier for the coach to influence selection and fitness.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (December 19, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

I am sorry that Sunil Gavaskar has been saying some things recently which do no not do him much credit. And now this one. The innings that Kohli played was on a dead wicket where even Ashwin would have scored a hundred but for the declaration. Kohli is no doubt captain material but not just yet and more so not because he scored a 100 in Nagpur. For the moment Gambhir is the man most suited with Pujara as vice captain. Dhoni should be confined to the captaincy in the 50 over format. Raina is ideally suited to be captain for the 20/20 games. Kohli should wait and imbibe some modesty from the likes of Pujara and Sehwag till he is around. One 100 and Kohli is back to his on field aggression of abusing and gesticulationg. India does not need such superstars as captains regardless of what Gavaskar says.

Posted by rajnish.sinha on (December 19, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

when gavaskar used to play he had lots of bad seasons just like neone else. india used to loose most of the times, so did it mean he used to take things casually in those times!! he should start thinking before speaking. u can question form, technique, class, capability, strategy etc but not commitment

Posted by UglyIndian on (December 19, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

How could Kohli be 24 now, if he was the captain of the "Under-19" Indian cricket team in 2008? So, if he is 24 now, he must've been around 19 and a half in March 2008, which is NOT "Under 19". So basically, India cheated by having older people in an age group tournament? Bishen Singh Bedi was right, afterall!

Posted by mlkt on (December 19, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

if we see kohli as a future of indian cricket and the next big thing,,,to make him captain of test team MAY TURN OUT TO BE DISASTROUS FOR INDIAN CRICKET....we may even lose out on his batting, if he gets stuck in the pressures of captaining india.......REMEMBER WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO DHONI AFTER TAKING CAPTAINCY.....dhoni looked more confident and postive in attitude and carefree druing his intial years....and if u look at his batting now....its a paradox that in T20 cricket(in which dhoni should have been in the same league as gayle, warner, yuvraj etc), u sometimes find dhoni wasting too many balls and making mess of run chases...........so kohli is talented no doubt, and may turn out to be good captain, but presently HE IS SETTLING INTO HIS FIRST ROLE IN INDIAN CRICKET-- IE TO BECOME A SOLID PILLAR OF INDIAN BATTING....just like tendulkar, dravid, laxman, ganguly have been in recent past....

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Someday Kohli will be India's test captain, no doubt about it. But I think Dhoni is still the best men India could have had as their leader. As Chandra S Yangalasetty has mentioned, a captain is as good as his team. Dhoni could not single handedly take the team to a place where every Indian would love to see them. Dhoni has showed in the 2nd innings of Nagpur test that, he has got the intent to deliver for India, so did Kohli for sure. But Dhoni should not be sacked right now.

Posted by The_Manimal on (December 19, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

Sorry Mr.Gavaskar, but I respectfully differ! Your argument is self-defeating! If Kohli curbed his natural game, so did MSD, so how does Kohli clinch the argument, I wonder.

You have been arguing that there is no alternative to MSD, but in the first place, he does not have the skill set to be in the Test team. He has had a good run with Ganguly, Dravid, Zaheer, Harbhajan, Sachin and Laxman being at the peak of their powers.

I wonder why no one is looking at Mohammad Kaif as captain for the Tests! He is shrewd, has proven Ranji Tests caliber having led UP admirably. He has had good string of steady performances to merit a place in the Test side as a batsman. Even at 32, he is still a better and fitter fielder than many others on the current Test side.

He is calm, collected and focused, attributes which were lost in the flair of Yuvraj, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Raina, but he has let his performances speak.

I would want to have Kaif as Test captain and Kumble as coach.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Mr. Gavaskar it is a surprise to see Kohli is ready for a captain..... a captain shud be assertive not aggressive the basic character is not with kohli to be a captain..... u score one century when u team is losing then u ll become the captain of india??? then u make pujara as captain and load him with responsibilities break his shoulder and make him unfit.... for me dhoni is still a good captain and as stated by rahul dravid there is no replacement of Dhoni now... may be gambhir can be considered but his recent form is wary.... sehwag not at all to be considered... i cannot imagine a captain saying i got out on a good ball but other batsman just thrown away their wickets ?( sehwag told during the 4th match in west indies after the next match after he scored double century in ODI)......

Posted by Cricket_archive on (December 19, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Many people here are saying that kohli is not a good option for captaincy.Then who else is a good option for captaincy in the current team.all the players in the team are just playing for money and the ipl.atleast kohli has some passion and desire to play for the Indian team so why not make him captain atleast who will try to do something to win unless dhoni who just gives fake and sense less excuses after the match is lost .

Posted by Cricket_archive on (December 19, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

i think virat kohli will be a good choice. he is a naturally agressive character and passionate about his game which he will bring to the team as a captain.he has some attitude problems but captaincy will make him more responsible and focused towards his job to bring best out of himself and the entire team and this Dhoni must be kicked out of the team.as he is a very defensive person and always gives excuses which hurts the Indian fans.He is not a deserving person to be in a test team.

Posted by xylo on (December 19, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

While people are ranting about Duncan Fletcher, did it occur to anyone that Gary Kirsten might have hidden an elephant under the carpet by not planning for the succession of Dravid, Laxman, Sachin, Zaheer and Sehwag in the test team? If his hands were tied because of the BCCI, then I understand. If not, I think he is equally responsible for the current inevitable mess. I am still interested in seeing how he plans for Kallis' retirement... or, if he will not renew his contract with South Africa.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 19, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

If Kohli is ready for captaincy then Kumble ( The fastest Indian bowler) is also ready for a come back. Gavaskar was either joking or too much sun has affected his neaurons!

Posted by spurs3152 on (December 19, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Mr.Gavaskar you should tell Sachin to resign or retire and not Dhoni should be replaced whole world knows who should be dropped. Mr.Gavaskar think....

Posted by jimbond on (December 19, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Play either Kaif or Rayudu and make them captain. Drop half/entire current team, and test out performers in Ranj (retain a few performers like Pujara and Yadav)i. Dont play bowlers who end up batting- if required choose performing allrounders like Rishi Dhawan if that is required for the balance of the team. I am sure that the following team would not peform any worse that the current one Rahane, Jiwanjot, Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Rayudu/Kaif (Captain), Rishi Dhawan, Jalaj Saxena, Smit Patel/Saha, Jadeja/Ojha, Sandeep Sharma, Yadav

Posted by BHARATLIFE on (December 19, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Thank god , he did not say Sachin for captian. He may be witty, charming, technically sound in his commentary, but i am sorry, such batting greats have some substandards. He is all the time scouring the whole area to look for problems, but hardly seems to talk about Sachin great batting feats this series. Sehwag, commitement ??? If we won the Ahmadabad test it is beacause of him, and he is concentrating on a sharp chance in a dead-rudder . Seriously they need to retire Gavaskar as well

Posted by tmp789 on (December 19, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

Just drop Gambhir, thinks will be all okay

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

iI think Dhoni need some rest cuz he not play cricket he just play politics...he bring jadeja in why...he drop YUVI... idont know why...everybody knows jadeja"s performance but he is Dhoni right hand...RAINA still out ...better Dhoni join politics after the worldcup yuvi deserve captaincy..but he is not in team..everybody knows Dhoni dont like SEHWAG, YUVRAJ, HARBHAJAN, SACHIN, GAMBHIR, and now his enemy no 1 is kohli..if india not play united they never win...

Posted by TRAM on (December 19, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Mr. N.Srinivasan, since you are the ultimate decision maker I humbly submit this request. Please select this team. This is the future of Indian cricket. 1.Mukund 2.Rahane 3.Pujara 4.Kholi 5.Badrinath(vc) 6.Dkarthik(wk+c) 7.Ashwin 8.PChawla 9.PraveenKumar 10.UmeshYadav 11.Ojha 12.MTiwary 13.Unmukt Chand 14.Dinda 15.VAraron 16.Saha Let them play the whole Aus series in India. Bowling Coaches - KapilDev/WasimAkram+EASPrasanna Batting Coaches - VVSLakshman/RDravid Fielding coach - Any one from SA/Aus. Team Manager - Stephen Flemming / Saurav Ganguly No Aussie/British coaches please. (Except for fielding) Dont bring in SMGavaskar nearby. Thanks

Posted by insightfulcricketer on (December 19, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

One of the very rare situation when I agree with Mr Gavaskar's assessment. Kohli is ready to take the Indian team in a new direction. For those who understand cricket Kohli has already demonstrated his chops. His knock in World Cup final though brief was a very crucial hand which showed a grasp of the situation under tremendous pressure of the mind. Even Shewag and Sachin had failed the test and players like Boycott and Botham too in '79.Yes-Kohli is overly aggressive but that drives him and definitely he will mellow with captaincy responsibility. Ponting was made from the same mold and look how he turned out - winningest captain of all times. Kohli is tough on himself but at the same time he will be able to guide the new players through.In fact its good he came into a losing team so he knows the lows to be able to take the team to the highs. Dhone did a great job in 2007-2011 period and now he needs to focus on IPL and leave test cricket a game he never quite understood.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

Kohli has not matured enough to be test captain. Gambhir has experience and has led our test side with a win. Give him a chance but tell him not to be selfish. Finally a captain is good as his team and thevindian team is just an ordinary one at present in bowling, batting and fielding.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

One century later everyone wants Kohli to take up the captain's mantle. That's going too far for a young man whose test average is only 38. Where was he when India was losing badly? He is still a kid learning to play a man's game. Besides he is ill-behaved and does not handle himself well in the field. A Captain is the country's ambassador in foreign fields. He is not just playing cricket; he is representing a whole nation on the global stage. Dhoni with his understated, relaxed demeanour hasn't been doing badly playing the Captain's role. But Kohli? No way. That kid should be taught a lesson or two on good and gentlemanly behaviour.

Posted by CricketChat on (December 19, 2012, 2:15 GMT)

Gavaskar, you are focusing on the wrong priorities here. Dhoni's captaincy, while lacking imagination at times, is not the main problem. The aging players have been on prolonged decline and the team management failed to maintain balance right balance. You should have pointed out utter failure of SRT and asked for his removal from team. No one is bigger than Ind cricket.

Posted by On_The_Boundary on (December 19, 2012, 1:19 GMT)

Yes it is time for Dhoni to go - his captaincy has clearly become lazy and misguided. India are a good team who deserve a great Captain. As an Aussie I was of course quite upset those flamin' Poms won the series.

Posted by Klgn on (December 19, 2012, 1:10 GMT)

Completely Disagree with MR. Sunil Gavaskar, Why not Gautam Gambhir??? Whats wrong with him?? Give atleast one chance to Gambhir as a seniority level and see for if he prove it or.. let kohli focus on his batting for the few more years, as we do have one day option as Suresh Raina!! or We can continue there with Gauti! as well. Why is this wild thinking as always in Indian cricket?

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

Really Mr.Gavaskar? If Rayudu hits a ton in the upcoming T20, would you back him for captaincy? I don't think just one innings should change the team leadership. It is time to support Dhoni during this transition phase and stop complaining his captaincy. Please remember that it was BCCI and former Indian players responsible for this situation, there was no proper planning for Dravid and Laxman's retirement. Kohli is already elevated as a vice captain and he needs to learn a lot before taking the reigns, we definitely can't afford to see another kaif.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

A captain is as good as his team. Dhoni is no exception. India is a mediocre team at the very best, home conditions included, on current form. While Dhoni keeps his cool in tight situations in ODIs and also T 20 s , he does not attack enough in Test matches. Lack of resources is one thing, and defensive mindset is another. You do not need to get the opposition batsmen out in limited overs , restricting them is enough, even if the margin is just one run. India has managed to do that by fighting tooth and nail on certain occasions in limited overs format, but that strategy is never going to work in Test matches. We need 2 genuinely fast, physically fit bowlers who are willing to bend their backs..for the team. We need batsmen in the mould of Pujara who are willing to occupy the crease for long time with out necessarily worrying about the scoring rate. Test match , after all requires a different temperament. Above all, india needs genuine spinners of cricket ball !!

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

I would definitely back Virat Kohli as Test captain, seems to be ready. Graeme Smith started captaining South Africa when he was 22, and look how well he has done and how he is still there. Kohli is 24 and his ton in Australia and here vs England has proven his temperament, although the on-field action and anger could calm down a bit. In fact, it will need to if he wants to be a good captain that leads by example.

Posted by Nampally on (December 18, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

@arvik: I don't think anyone is being disrespectful to the Legend, Gavaskar. Everyone knows Gavaskar's record in Test Cricket. But suggesting Kohli for Captaincy is simply Crazy. Amarnath proposed him before Gavaskar too!.Kohli has ZERO Captaincy experience at any level. You do not advance from just being a good batsman to Captain without any proven leadership qualities. Only thing Kohli has proven is that he is aggressive to the point of going out of Control! A Captain has to be calm & mature under all situations + get the best out of his team like the England's Captain Cook! Kohli is only known for his "temper tantrums" in Australia + at Nagpur.He is brash, immature & needs to grow up a lot. If Dhoni is to be replaced as Captain, it should be some guy like Pujara or Tiwary. Both have experience in team captaincy & have excellent temperment. Please note that Pujara is the currently the sheet anchor of the Indian batting & has won the first test by leading from front like Cook does.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

pujara is perfect for captain.he is humble ,has got the temperament for test cricket and has good upbringing.kohli is a ill mannered,spoilt brat who needs to learn some manners before he can be elevated to captain.

Posted by realfan on (December 18, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

i can see that kohli will be leading indian team ( ODI atleast ) after an year or so.... but dhoni is the r8 choice we have until the likes of gambir, sehwag, sachin will eliminate from indian test team... tat will take another one and half year or so... there after kohli can captain the players like rahane, mukundh, pujara, rohit sharma, ojah, ashwin, tiwary etc....

r8 nw he is just finding his way in test cricket, let him settle and learn the sport (TEST, he is master in ODI already ).........

Posted by cricisme on (December 18, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Mr. Gavaskar, one good knock in one innings does not justify captaincy for test cricket. I believe, Dhoni is still a very good captain...Don't forget he made few runs less (99 runs) in the same inning. Gambhir is the second best option to consider..

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Kohli has only played a handful of test matches and is yet to properly prove himself in the test arena. It seems strange and erroneous to think that he is ready for captaincy. If people think he is ready for this job then that suggests that India do not have any other far more experienced and consistent alternatives.This is a very bad thing for India and actually rather sad. Test cricket requires someone who is disciplined, tactful, calm and intuitive. I do not see this is Kohli. I also think that other choices such as Sehwag and Gambhir are bad ones. Sehwag is selfish and arrogant and a flat track bully. Gambhir seems to have totally lost the plot. India need a good captain and one that performs consistently both abroad and at home. I personally think Wasim jaffer should be given another chance and if he does well perhaps look to him as a future captain.

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 18, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Ahh words of wisdom there from the 'great' man. Kohli averages 38 in tests puts him the same category as someone like umar akmal, both have the same average. Kohli is not a test material let alone captaining it, but its nice to see Gavasker has finally woken up and atleast admitted that there is a problem.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Mr. Coach of Indian Team needs to be replaced. Comment on this anyone???

Posted by astopal on (December 18, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

With utmost request for Mr. Gavaskar , sorry but you got it all wrong. Appointing Kohli test team captain at this time will not only be catastrophic for team but could be disastrous for a young talent like Kohli. 14 Tests test batting average of 38 , batting experience of mainly Ind/aus/wi. It will be a very heavy almost unbearable load for this promising young cricketer. I mean we are all for fresh blood , but they must be eased into the squads and not burdened with the expectations that will kill their mojo.(Greame Smith was a born leader and But this brings us to the original problem that Dhon ican't continue as captain. Who could you go to then Sehwag won't do it and it brings us to the best choice right now,Gautam Gambhir Gambhir has shown fight in test matches has a decent record and has the leading skills. He is a kind of a guy who will improve with responsibility and is just about right age and number of tests to take the Baton. Kohli can be groomed and eventually take over.

Posted by Gloryof96 on (December 18, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

I can't believe Gavaskar made his evaluation of Kohli to Captain after Kohli scoring a 100 in a loss cause (whats so great about that?).

If I was the Chairman of Selectors, I would very strongly tell the same squad (Vs Eng test series) pointing out specially to Sehwag, Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Khan & Harbajan - we will select you on a series by series and anyone not performing will not be dropped. THIS WAY, we give everybody one last chance!

If Tendulkar is the players he is, he should take this opportunity with both hands, announce his retirement and go out with a bang!

Posted by ssenthil on (December 18, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

I wonder what Virat has done in Tests, to be ready to lead a test team, he first himself need to deserve his place in the team rather then elevating him in to captaincy prematurely. All his Hundred in Tests came in batting friendly conditions rather then in tough pitches.

Posted by crindex on (December 18, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

The last time India lost to England in test series was under Sunny Gavaskar ! Go figure.

Posted by xylo on (December 18, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

This is as good as saying that Gavaskar is ready for ODIs.

Posted by miraly1 on (December 18, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

The best captain is Dhoni and there is no match like him so far in the team.

Posted by indiafan0 on (December 18, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Sunny how can you judge a player for a captainship after watching his only 1 inning. I think Pujara has better temperament than Kohli in test. So better to handover captancy to Pujara. Also he can lead from front in batting. Please no more Dhoni, Gambhir and SRT in test. Instead bring young blood in test who respect Test format of Cricket. If possible make 2 different teams for ODI and Test.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

It seems that for most people the only reason Dhoni should be captain is because of his relatively clean image. Bad guys don't necessarily have to be bad captains. I am sure people can recall a certain Mr.Ganguly who never failed to rub people up the wrong way. Not only did he shake up the somnolent cricket establishment, but even managed to break the ice with 'Iceman' Steve Waugh. On the other hand we had one of the nicest captains in Sachion Tendulkar, whose record as skipper is known to all. I think Gavaskar has a point. Dhoni seems tired as a Test captain - no new ideas, no imaginative field settings. Maybe he should be given a break for a few months from all forms of the game - a sort of paid holiday. In the mean time we could try out Kohli as a skipper for a couple of Test series. Then a refreshed Dhoni could decide whether he still has it in him as a captain. If he does, he could resume the job for the big away trips. Otherwise if Kohli does well on the job, he can stay.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

This crisis to Indian cricket is a by product of a quick stardom of young players without too much effort. Let them grind it out for a while. Kohli has to learn a lot of humility before he is good enough for test captaincy.

Posted by arvik on (December 18, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

Guys - Please show some respect to the legend. He is right - Dhoni has had his time at the helm and should now go out. 8-0 overseas and 2-1 at home is enough indication that the Midas has lost his golden touch. What is wrong in being an aggressive captain? Alan Border was aggressive and he laid the foundation for the sides that followed his tenure. The great Gavaskar was the only one who predicted correctly that Imran Khan will lift the 1992 World Cup after the drubbing by Graham Gooch's England - call it a fluke or whatever. This man has seen the might Windies and the mighty Aussies - deserves a lot of respect and its time for Virat to step up !!!

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

Kohli as a captain ?? I think at the moment Indian board needs to train the current players better. other then point fingers at all the players. Why don't the cricket board take some responsibility. Indian test team will need to play more matches outside of India. Let players find their rhythm and then make the decision on captaincy and then modify the team as players contribution as a whole.

Posted by KarachiKid on (December 18, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

@ whyowhy : I agree with you and many others. In fact I will add that Gavaskar seems to have some kind of agenda when he says something like that. Truly a politician ! Wasim Akram is also good for nothing kind of commentator. Dravid on the other hand is too nice a guy to be a commentator. Shastri and Manjrekar are much better.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

now entire country should understand we won test matches only because of fast scoring of sewag which gave ample time for our bowlers to take wickets iam surprised by inclusion of ravindra jadeja he was inducted for his batting or bowling i think now a days dhoni is not in touch with suresh raina dont we have good batting bench strenght stop playing politics dhoni srikanth and ashwin what did ashwin do as a bowler

Posted by G.Vinoth on (December 18, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Dhoni is the best captain we ever had... Please Let him decide whether he wanted to give away the captaincy to someone... Also Dhoni should be the right person to opt someone as a next test captain.

Posted by andrew27994 on (December 18, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

If I were to choose a captain in place of Dhoni, it would be Gambhir but the problem is that Gambhir's position is the team is in jeopardy so unless Gambhir proves himself in Tests, Dhoni would HAVE TO PLAY TESTS irrespective of his batting performance in Tests.

Posted by andrew27994 on (December 18, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

The reason why I would exclude Dhoni from my ideal Test XI is not because of his captaincy but because of his personal batting performance. His technique isn't suited for this format and also India need to groom a future wicket-keeper batsman should he choose to retire from Tests so the best place to start would be in Tests.

Posted by sharmar on (December 18, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

Gavaskar's response outlines India's long standing tradition of addressing the root cause of performance lapses. If Indian cricket chooses a captain on single performances then wouldn't Pujara be on top of that list. A captain needs to have leadership qualities not just good batsmen going through a purple patch. If Kohli becomes captain then goes through bad form with the bat, Gavaskar would advocate for another change in captaincy. Dhoni has proved himself as a capable leader and should be given a chance to lead India through the transition. Any team that loses experienced players will go through turbulent times. Knee-jerk reactions only exacerbate the problems and don't address the root cause which is non-performing players (aka SRT), lack of a strong bench and lackluster fitness regimen.

Posted by andrew27994 on (December 18, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

I don't understand why everyone should point the finger at Dhoni alone for India's losing streak. The real reason India are struggling is because the very same players are playing all 3 formats of the game and it is very difficult to adjust. Very few players in the world can adapt to all 3 formats of the game. So why can't India just give opportunities to some of the youngsters to perform in some formats.

Batsmen like Gambhir and Kohli should focus only in Tests AND ODIs and those like Yuvraj and Raina should focus only in T20s and ODIs.

India would be very successful if they give opportunities to Rahane, Badrinath and Vijay in Tests

The ideal Test XI : Gambhir, Sehwag/ Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, Kohli, Badrinath/ Jadeja, Saha/ Parthiv, Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer, Yadav/ Sharma/ Awana/ Ojha

The options would depend on the pitch and the decision whether or not to rest a player

Posted by lgnandan on (December 18, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

@colombo_SL, you have right point. I don't think he possesses any temperament to lead a test cricket side. Right now except Gambhir no one has that quality

Posted by lettherebecricket on (December 18, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

A skilled cricketer doesn't necessarily make a good captain. Captains need to be astute thinkers of the game which Kohli isn't at the moment. He's still unpolished, brash and rebellious; he's more likely to make decisions based on his emotions than what is tactically better. I did not expect this from Mr. Gavaskar. Dhoni can only play with the cards he's been dealt (i.e. the players). We haven't had a single bowler who can consistently take wickets irrespective of the conditions in the last two decades. What can any other captain do when there is not much talent on offer?

Posted by Nampally on (December 18, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

I am amazed at rather poor evaluation by Gavaskar, the best Indian opener of all times & former Captain. Kohli will make a poor captain because of his lack of maturity. He often gets out of control & needs lessons in anger management. You are jumping from a frying pan into boiling water with this! Also Gavaskar does not have a single word of praise for C.Pujara who led the Indian batting averages with a double century + led India to its only victory. He also added a century + was given out wrongly when he was 26, caught off arm pad in Nagpur. Kohli was almost a passenger till the Nagpur Test century & he was praised so much for his solo century.Do we see shades of "favouritism" which is corrupting Indian cricket? If India needs a talented young captain for Tests, Pujara qualifies it by a mile over Kohli. Pujara has also captained India A, India U-19. My second choice for Captaincy is Tiwary- captain of Bengal. Both are cool, even tempered fine Cricketers. Kohli can lead T-20 or ODI.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

until and unless the arrogant and abusive nature of kohli is replaced with politeness he is not fit for captaincy in any format of cricket or else india would be in more trouble

Posted by GowharGeelani on (December 18, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

The tough match schedules and long tours not only wear down players and match officials, but it seems the commentators too are victims of fatigue. How on earth could someone like Gavaskar suggest that a maverick and temperamental guy like Kohli should lead India in a game that lasts for five days? Imagine, he hurls abuse and invective in a T20 game, what could one expect from him when it comes to the longer version of the game? India's problem is not the retirement of Dravid-Laxman duo. The problem is not the 'void' created by the duo's exit either, as Pujara and Kohli have shown they can bat for longer periods. The problem is Mr MS Dhoni, who I do not believe deserves a test spot, and the 'demigod' Sachin Tendulkar who is living in a denial mode and basking in the past performance, and the man is without a ton for two years now...Kick both MSD and Sachin out, a solution will come on its own. Bring in Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik and ask Gambhir to lead the side...That is it.

Posted by Gloryof96 on (December 18, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

I agree with Dravid 100%, Dhoni still is the best person to Captain ..... Gavaskar is looking for an excuse other than blame Tendulkar.

OK, IF Kohli is appointed Captain, what happens if he doesn't start producing the much anticipated results? what then????

Posted by sony_sr on (December 18, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

As dravid said, dhoni is the man who can take india forward. but time to replace some of the seniors in the side. sachin, am sure, will retire before aus series. then we need to drop shewag and gambhir. that will give the best chance for us to build a good team in next 2 years.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Mr. Gavaskar.. U backed Dhoni till day 4 and Just because Kohli scored 4 more than him, you want him to take captaincy.. this is absolute nonsense from your mouth, never expected this.. In that case Ashwin scored more runs than Sachin, Dhoni and Kohli in series.. can we make him as captain? Dhoni should continue as Captain atleast till 2013..

Posted by Vikram_Rathore on (December 18, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Dhoni has finally run out of luck. He now can no longer bowl Joginder Sharmas' and still win matches. The team that was handed over in a platter to him by Sourav Ganguly is now depleted and Dhoni wasn't leader enough to recognize the fact that he needs to build a team, like Ganguly did. He is too lucky to be in the team, leave alone be there as a Captain... We will need the fight & aggression of Kohli or Ashwin to rebuild the team...

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Mr. Gavaskar - Lot of respect for you but Kohli? How long has been around? He has had one good year in One-Days. He is years behind in gaining respect of team mates. The issue today is not captaincy - it is the quality of players and coaching staff. And you were supporting Dhoni till day 4 of this test. And changing your opinion in one day? Not your usual standard Sir.

Posted by saro_cric on (December 18, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

My humble opinion is Mr.Kohli should not play test cricket first of all as he just don't have the potential!

Posted by ImpressiveTeer on (December 18, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

I am Kohli fan but still think Gambhir is the true successer to Dhoni at the moment, for 2 main reasons - 1. Gambhir performed really well when he had complete backing of Dhoni. today he might doubt his place in the side. But handling him this reponsibility, would definitely boost his self confidence to perform big 2. Kohli hasn't performed consistently and is probably over-confident, keep listening to statements like 'He is future of India'... Giving him captaincy is just going to shoot up that confidence beyond control. He should be asked to work very harder to earn it.

Tendular has to leave the test side to eliminate that seniority factor. Even more critical is the need for Dhoni to be sacked from tests. We need to develop next wicket keeper before its too late.

For bolwling department, we need to have a pairs like Kapil, prabhakar or Srinath-Prasad, Steyn-morkel... currently, it has become a game of luck of individual performances...

Posted by 777aditya on (December 18, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

@ Shridharan.S - I guess not many people would be saying that, but totally agreed! He surely comes across as a fighter and certainly looks cerebral too. We need to think out of the box - I think Ashwin can certainly make a good captain, worth trying. Of course, he needs to work on his fielding and improve his bowling.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Yes, the captaincy should be reviewed and I think Gambhir, with his experience in test cricket, should be given a chance. Kohli needs more experience in all formats before he will be able to lead the team. But the captain is not the only person who wins or looses the match. What about rest of the team? Where are the future Tedulkars and Sehwags who the team can depend on most of the time? Tendulkar and Shewag are near the end of their careers and cannot the relied upon to produce need results. Where are the future bowlers who can shake up the opponents? Selectors must bring up new players and start to build up the team for future. Just changing the captain is a very short sighted approach.

Posted by crindex on (December 18, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Rubbish ! ESPN please erase Gavaskar's comments for the good of Indian cricket.

Posted by whyowhy on (December 18, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Ohmygosh this from Gavaskar must be the worst bit of bulldust he ever uttered, Kholi is the most arrogant, abusive indian in recent times, the complete other end of the stick when compared to the gentleman Dhoni. What is the rush to put an idiot in charge, Dhoni has many more years to play and captain India........we certainly do not need guys like Kholi at the helm of our beloved country, at least not for the next ten years at least....Dhoni just go on, you have to win some and lose some, maybe giving Tendulkar the flick (as he is not retiring) will introduce a match winning young batsman to help you win matches.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

No no no no to Kohli as test captain fr now.. Let Dhoni prove his worth in Australian series, if he fails again then only think of changing him as captain not now..

Posted by crindex on (December 18, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Gavaskar - why not make Pujara the captain ? He made one double century in Ahmedabad and one single century in Mumbai. He was also the captain of India-A team. What a joke !

Posted by crindex on (December 18, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

These senior cricketers are being a bit hasty - for reasons unknown . This loss was on the cards with such pathetic batting form India is in recent times. Its nothing to do with the Captain . Captain's job is touch. Virat is not tough enough for that - and that too based on one century .

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

@uksar well said,......Dhoni is still Num once choice for Indian side to lead.

Posted by wakaPAK on (December 18, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

oh come on... Dhoni's the best captain in the whole world, with a team he has no one can win a test match; give the poor guy a good test team; 2 fast bowlers; and two pujara like batsmen in place of SRT and Gambhir. Kohli/Raina?Gambhir/Yuvraj all are ODI material. Test team needs mentally and physically tough guys.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Gambhir, my GOD already he is fighting his own demons and also fighting through mouth to keep his place in the team. How can he captain a depleted side like us......

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Dhoni is seriously overburdened with wicketkeeping, batting and captaincy and it is affecting his performance, unfortunately no one is accepting it, not even Dhoni. If he had not been made captain, we would have a different Dhoni, far more devastating and reliable batsman than Sahwag. There cannot be another Gilchrist but he would have been close, just look at his performances before he became captain. Only Indian cricket lost. Now make Kohli captain and you will ruin him completely, not to say he has not matured yet to his prime. Sahwag and Gambhir are not even good enough to keep their place in team at the moment and living on previous reputation and sad thing is they don't even care, Gambhir's comments are proof. Hell Ashwin was better batsman than Sahwag, Sachin and Gambhir in the series. In any other team they would be out.Bring new batsman who have thirst to perform.As for bowlers, they are not good enough to be in even 2nd or 3rd teams of better teams like Aus, SA and Eng.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Pradeep , you perhaps made a valid point until the last line... Gambhir has proved himself in I:PL and therefore he should be the next captain ? haha .. are you sure ?

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Kohli as captain?? Oh my!! He cant manage himself on the field and you want him to lead the team.. Dhoni may not be the right person to lead,but kohli is definitely not an answer

Posted by Dr.Vindaloo on (December 18, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Kohli came across as the most immature player on both sides. Let him grow up first, otherwise he will be a disastrous ambassador for Indian cricket.

Posted by Suggestion_for_Dhoni on (December 18, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Indians support all forms of cricket including Test Cricket but there is no other game which lasts five days and and still may not produce any result. Test cricket is a real waste of time. Former cricketers and elder players will not talk against Test cricket since they lived and earned out of it. It is time to stop this non-sense Test cricket...not that Indians are losing..two other forms of cricket (one dayers and 20-20 are good enough). Five days of dull performances and a draw shows the Test cricketers are making a mockery of the cricket fans....

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Silly articles by Gavaskar & Dravid. SG is being diplomatic as regards SRT & Sehwag. Ridiculous that Dravid should say SRT should be allowed to make his own decision. Nonsensical. The selectors bravely dropped Zaheer but persisted with Tendulkar, Sehwag & Ishant Sharma, all non-performers in recent times. You have to have fast bowlers that can bowl fast, batters who do well at first class cricket, and spinners who spin the ball. So Yadav, Pujara, Kohli, Gambhir, & Ojha have done enough and Ashwin is more of a batsman than bowler. This means grooming Aaron, Pankaj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, Jadeja, & Mishra.

Posted by crindex on (December 18, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

This is very short sighted advise. I hope Its not taken seriously. Gavaskar was pathetic as a captain , boring as a commentator and I do hope that he is not one of the selectors in near future.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Gambhir is more suited for the captaincy not at all Kohli. Players not performing well in test matches however seniors or respectable they may be must be axed forthwith.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

If just one innings is enough to judge a captiancy than Sunny i think Ooja or Pujara sholud make it

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

India, be very careful of taking any notice of Gavaskar this man made Boycott look like a team player. If Kohli is his answer expect more home defeats and regular trouncings on tour, he talks rubbish at the best of times and is only in it for himself.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Everyones mad. Dhoni should remain as captain, kohli - pujara - ojha will remain as part of team.

Rest of them should be REPLACED. Sachin will retire soon. So, we can have SEVEN replacements. Please don't bring the same people again & again like Chawla, Balaji etc. Bring FRESH blood & please no IPL performers for TEST cricket selection.

Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Harbhajan, Ashwin(he is a bowler) & Yuvraj should be axed permanently from test cricket and we should look forward for the future. We are thankful for their contributions earlier but, time is up. In place of Ashwin, we can pick a genuine allrounder who can bowl ..instead of someone who is in the team as a bowler & who bats.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (December 18, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Kohli has proved himself to be a fine batsman but also to be a childish brat. Too soon for him. If he does become captain, he''ll be in the match referee's office every game.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

i dont think so that its rite time to change the captain but this time for make our future team. dhoni is a good captain but in this team he cant produce the results so if you want the results then bcci have to make big changes in team. my dream team for next Australia series--dhoni(c),rahane,s dhawan,pujara,kohli,rohit sharma,yuvraj,robin uthappa,ashwin,ojha,sreesanth,yadav,aaron,jadeja,awana, vinay kumar

Posted by manish_batra on (December 18, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

I Agree with Gavaskar's comment. Kohli is future of India and can be tested now it self. Dhoni can be relaxed in one of format of cricket.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 18, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

@Pradeep Mestry: I take my hat off you mate. At least you have understand the real situation. You are exactly correct. According to you "I think Gavaskar is totaly wromg here. Except 2 innings, Kohli has not yet prooved that he is ready for the test cricket. Apart from this he needs to work more on his attitude. He has already involved in two unfamous events, one in Australia and now in the last test. I think Gambhir should be made captain of India. He has prooved his point in the IPL and now he can proove in Test too"

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

I think Gavaskar is totaly wromg here. Except 2 innings, Kohli has not yet prooved that he is ready for the test cricket. Apart from this he needs to work more on his attitude. He has already involved in two unfamous events, one in Australia and now in the last test. I think Gambhir should be made captain of India. He has prooved his point in the IPL and now he can proove in Test too

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

It is unfortunate that people are talking about making Virat Kohli the Captain. His performance in the series was pathetic. He cant just score one century in the last match of series after performing poorly before that and stake a claim on captaincy. It is evident on the field that he does not have the temperament to handle himself. So its not difficult to understand that making him captain will be disastrous.

Also he is also very good at making excuses just like dhoni (Pitch is bad, umpires are bad, team is bad etc etc). so wont do the team any good at all

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 18, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

Dhoni is an excellent cricketer. I think it is too early to remove him from captaincy. At the moment bowling is the worry for India. Definitly Ashwin & Ohja would be real threat to other teams with time. But there is no good fast bowlers or they are not given enough opportunity to build on.What happened to Bhalaji & Yadav. they have got the row talent to be good bowlers.

Posted by lgnandan on (December 18, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

Gambhir would be the right choice than Kohli. Gambhir has every quality which could be expected from a captain. I don't think Kohli has it.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 18, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

Gavaskar is an excellent cricketer & real gentleman. So he belongs to the whole world. Sachin is an excellent cricketer & real gentleman. So he belongs to the whole world. Kholi is an excellent cricketer. So he belongs to the India.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 18, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Until, Indians understand the root course of the problem they can't solve this problem. This is not a problem created by Dhoni. Whole Indian team is performing badly in Tests these days. Sachin is really a overburden to Indian team right now, though they are accepted it or not.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Gambhir should be captain of Inidan test team and india ban IPL they should promote test cricket more than t20s.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

ya soooooo true ... dhoni's captaincy doesnot work for test ....it works only in short formats

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 18, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Kohli failed in 3 consecutive test matches. I can't understand the logic behind Mr. Sunil Gavaskar( i have a huge respect on him)'s decision. "Till the fourth day of the Nagpur Test, I would have backed Dhoni". It is not surprise if you tell "until first test started, i backed Dhoni. But now i think Pujara is suitable for captaincy after his matured ton in first test"

Posted by Shridharan.S on (December 18, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

Ravichandran Ashwin Would Be A Good Choice For Test Captaincy.

Posted by Scheduler on (December 18, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

I think its time for Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri to retire from the commentary team. ESPN drop them and get some fresh energetic ones on board.But no SIDHU pleaseeeeeeeeeeee

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

yup!sunny said it right.Some of the Indian players especially experienced players, are not valuing the test cricket much.I feel, some of them are even jealous of Dhoni captaining the side in all three formats.This jealousy is not only hampering the team's performance but also them who are just carving their way out of team.This is paving the way for someone like Rahane who has done absolutely jammer in IPL.He is young,talented and a fit guy who can withstand the five day tired nature of test cricket.What I also feel is that India should once again refresh the team by leaving out some of the players who are not doing well.This was done by Aussies too and was successfull.We are just giving to much attention on who left the team.Instead we should look upon who is there in the team and cheer them,pat them from behind.We have to proceed.Very often I've seen experts that VVS,Dravid and others have left the team and so the team needs time for rebuilt.I say 'HOW MUCH TIME'?

Posted by pandez on (December 18, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

After Dhoni if any one has the potential to be the captain of Indian Team it is Gautam Gambhir. I can bet my life on it if Gambhir given the responsibility his batting will excel because he s a hard working batsman. Beside he has the guts to take brave decision as he has shown in IPL by not shying away to drop big names such as Bret Lee.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

I feel that gambhir should be made captain. He did have his form intact though not splendid with century after century?!

He captained every time given chance at whatever level well.

he is senior enough and can lead from front. kohli should have some more time to mature in to fine batsman. he is not yet. but he is in the making and will be one.and making him captain now will be suicidal.

dhoni should lead us in one dayers and t20s.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

not agree with sunny he not clear with mind

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

not agreed with Gavasker

Posted by uksar on (December 18, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Except one innings, his place in the team would have bee questioned. Again Mr. Gavaskar has raised his voice for kohli. Now-a-days sports journalists probably love to make sensational remarks/news. I can't forget, couple of months back, during under-19 world cup, Mr.Ian Chappell mentioned the names of two players who would have been directly included in Indian team (in his words). why the selectors are not taking advice from him. The best off- spinner he called, is probably not playing for any ranji team. As far as citizenship is concerned, Dhoni is still the best choice.

Posted by Yashodar on (December 18, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

I think Kohli is very talented and disciplined batsmen, he should be given more time to play his game and make a commitment for test cricket which takes lot of time. Don't burden him with a responsibility and then he will feel pressure which might hamper his talent. Just wait a little longer, I believe he could be a good captain in near future.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

No way. Look at how Kholi reactedf when Trott was given correctly not out. I expect to see thing like that in European football NOT on a cricket pitch. Ashwin would be a good choice, batting at 6 and can add a bit with his bowling.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Abishek stop living in the past for how many more years will you keep saying dhoni did this did that post 2007 t20 wc victory india never made beyond the 1st round in the remaining three wc so stop living in the past his charm/luck has runout and his so called cool attitude has turned into dont care dont bother attitude a captain is one who leads from the front here dhoni is watever happens y should I care wen captain is not bothered team is not bothered so grass root level change is required.Team transistion everything is fine but we need a change in attitude which can happen only with change in leadership

Posted by Abimanyucbe on (December 18, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Congrtz sunny ,,,,,,,,if that is the criteria to choose the captain, Ashwin played more responsibly than kohli............ more over he played responsibly in each and every innings, let us give the captaincty to Ashwin.......

Posted by Siva-The-Human on (December 18, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Ashwin should be the next test captain. He is a bowling all-rounder and he has patient and technic to lead the test team.

Posted by Matinhashmi on (December 18, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Dhoni should not blamed alone, every body is the responsible for the test defeat, batsman, bowler both. When he won the world cup everybody said Dhoni is the historical Captain, Dhoni intelligent etc. Now what happened. In my opinion, nothing wrong with his captaincy, some senior players couldnot deliver their full performance. If India change captain, they would not find the man like him. As a Pakistani fan of Dhoni,he is the greatest captain ever India has produced and if they loose him, they can not find the man like Dhoni.

Posted by natasrik on (December 18, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

Sunny has gone nuts, virat who struggled the whole series before the century in nagpur. Credit for virat playing that kind of innings should go to Dhoni also who was at the other end, Mr cool. It is Dhoni's magic again. To me the reason why India played on the 4 day morning is pretty straight, they just wanted to come close to England total with caution rather than bang bang which could not resulted in a bigger lead for England. Please don't forget the England Second innings in Kolkata, when they needed just 41 to win, they were 6 for 3, in my opinion that was the mind game Dhoni and Co were looking for on the 4 th day morning of Nagpur test. As pundit say people should sit with Sachin to discuss further on his career, the same can be said about for our Mr Cool, I think it will work wonders for team India and I still feel Mr Cool is the right person.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

So Kohli should get the captaincy only because he scored century....Has Gavaskar missed the point that Dhoni also got 99 in the same test...I think at the moment Dhoni is the best captain India can have but we have to give him the right team, a team without the over-rated under-perfroming Shewag, arrogant Gambhir and never-retiring Tendulkar...Dhni has shown the world what he can do with a young team in 07, atleast he deserves a 2nd chance with a proper team..time to welcome players like Rahane, Awana, Jadeja, Manoj Tiwary to the fold

Posted by Player_007 on (December 18, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

This must be a joke!! Looks like SG had a very bad effect of series lost to England. If Kohli is made captain then India will loose a great player in making. Thanks God he didnt suggest make Sreeshant hs deputy!

Posted by shrastogi on (December 18, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

With all due respect to Gavaskar how can one hundred make aplayer ready for captaincy. In my opinion Kohli still needs to play some more tests with runs to his credit to be considered for test captaincy. We have seen Virat captaining in IPL and it did affect his batting form. With the kind of setup we have for tests it would be imprudent to lose Kohli as atest player if he feels burdened by captaincy. The other captaincy contenders Gambhir & Sehwag just dont have runs under ther belt. Gambhir hasnt scored an international hundred for past 3 years and Sehwag doesnt inspire confidence either. With Tendulkar's refusal to retire and without runs one batting slot is vulnerable. So Dhoni despite poor record lately must keep his job. WE are told by past crickerts that they havent seen anything like this in past where captains lost their jobs after one poor series. I dont think we need to think on those lines in present situation. Kohli can be given T20 captaincy to ease burden on Dhoni.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (December 18, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

India (BCCI) have got themselves into one huge, embarrassing dilemma. How to stage Tendulkar's exit (which should have happened some time back). Is he going to play v Australia, bat at #4 & contribute - I use the word loosely -- a dozen or so, if he's lucky? He is a walking wicket these days. Playing SRT in any Test match from here on is automatically handing an advantage to the opposition. Or should he go without a farewell appearance? That, he being he, & India being India, cannot happen. I would suggest that there is one match he should play: the last one in the series, with the series already taken by Australia, it won't matter & will become a way of dissipating the post series calls for blood. Cynical? Perhaps, but this is something that needs to exercise the limited intellects of the BCCI. I'm just helping out.

Posted by SouthPaw on (December 18, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Mr. Gavaskar, what is your criterion for a Test captain? Runs?

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

I'm pleased to see that at the least Gavaskar and Amarnath let the cat out of the bag for god's sake. What we are playing for under Dhoni's captaincy? Most obvious wonder is that he haven't realised his faults even after facing many embarrassing series defeats, yet blaming the batsmen, bowlers, senior, weather, crowd and umpires and not him!!!! He had nothing to tell about players and the team that lacked direction most of the time.Yes! its time for Kohli to replace Dhoni as India captain. I agree with it!

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

i think he will make a great captain....he is young, vibrant, passionate and very aggresive.......not to mention his skills as a player......i really believe that he will make a very captain

Posted by peterss on (December 18, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Dear Mr Gavaskar, Kholi must first be secure of a test spot before being made captain. He is not fit to be a test batsman barring this one innings. Pujara is a much better choice

Posted by csango on (December 18, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Bit disappointed to see greats of game not thinking thru all facts. Is Dohi really the culprit? I doubt...we have problem of competency, had RD, VVS and esp. Anil Khumble been in this team the results would have been 2-0 or even 3-0 in India's favour. There is lack of competence and temperment, a good coaching team comprising of accomplished bowler, mental conditioning guide and astute man manager can groom this team within 4-6 months to acheive what we achieved between 2008-2011. Make Gambhir/Kohli or even God's messenger as captain w/o making the basic improvement in competency, do you think India will win? Will Sehwag hold those catches that hit his boot/ankle, would Ashwin learn to give twirl on ball and would Ishant achieve reverse swing in 24 hrs? If answers to these questions are YES, Great Gavaskar is right otherwise BIG NO! And if you say they are doing it delibrately to make Dhoni appear loser, then I am afraid Indian cricketer deseve to play current national politics.

Posted by SamRoy on (December 18, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

First drop Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar, Zaheer, Yuvraj and Harbhajan. Then strip Dhoni from test captaincy. Then conduct an interview of Pujara and Kohli to see who has the better temperament to captain India

Posted by Rajeshj on (December 18, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

Gavaskar's statements these days are too biased and one-sided... its quite poor of him to stake a big claim like this... how can you decide that Kohli is ready for captaincy after just one innings played on a flat, ridiculous pitch... where the ball either spins or swings or raises above knee level.. why did he not play such an innings in England or Australia??.. this century only reiterates the fact that he is a flat pitch player devoid of solid technique to survive on juicy, bouncy pitches.. then how does he become eligible to be a captain?? again, what did Jadeja prove in this one match apart from a couple of wickets and failure with the bat.. I don't think these so-called senior Gentlemen of Indian cricket are taking it in the right path.. pretty sad days for Indian cricket on the whole.. we don't have a single honest and forward-thinking soul left to guide Indian cricket...

Posted by hrishiuk on (December 18, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

Lets keep it simple and straight. Gatam Gambhir as Test and ODI Skipper and Kohli as T20 Skipper. If Gauti underperforms than Kohli can take over as he is Deputy since long time and has also learnt a lot from Seniors. That experience will help Kohli after five years to be successful and India will have good smooth Captain without being in news like Dhoni is always.

Posted by ManzurManutd on (December 18, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

Dhoni is not just so attacking. His field placing doesn't really convey the match situation. It was Ganguly who actually showed how to extract wicket when it is required by placing fielders , putting pressure on batters and forcing them to make mistakes.

Dhoni should watch the game going on at Hobert . With a pretty ordinary bowling how the Aussie capt is putting pressure on Lankan batsman on the last day of the test. He is a good player no doubt but severely lacking captaincy mettle.

Unfortunately India doesn't have anybody to shoulder the responsibility. I think Kohli isn't a bad choice.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (December 18, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

I thought it was the English who had a love of understatement, Sunil! Some of the guys who have been around...'a bit casual about it!' That's one way of putting it, but I'd prefer the unvarnished truth, so I'll take the liberty of rephrasing: some (no, most!) of the experienced players are treating these successive humiliations in Test cricket as if it's all a bit of a joke & if India has any pride left in her cricket & Test match status, then the vast cricket-loving public of India must demand that the BCCI prioritise TC And address the problem (now endemic) with the ruthless professionalism shown by the serious Test playing countries - Viz: England, Australia & SA. If this does not happen, then India can forget the world stage & have endless back-garden cricket v Bangladesh to boost those deflating averages. I would, however, like to see Kohli take over the captaincy, but it cannot be without severe warnings about maintaining self-discipline of manner to go with the maturing batting.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

Our people reaction...don't blame only one Viru gone - fans reaction " chances of win is gone " Pujara gone - fans reaction " chances of draw is gone " Sachin gone - fans reaction " he is great but he has to retire " Virat gone - fans reaction " hope he comeback in the next game " Yuvi gone - fans reaction " he is a great ODI/T20 player .. " All these players got some respect atleast But When Dhoni gone - woow , haha captain fool gone etc etc

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

i think they should keep Dhoni as captain but let him bat in the middle order so that it would be stronger and such they should relieve him of wicket keeping duties... even if india doesnt want him as captain they should put him in the middle order and still relieve him of wicket keeping duties, as he is a very good batsman... India desperately need to work on their middle order.... Sachin should retire or get dropped, but he won't do that. i'm sure he's just waiting to make a big score and then call his retirement immediately so that he would leave on a high.

Posted by Vasi-Koosi on (December 18, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

I like Sunny's suggestion about Virat. However, is Indian Cricket mature enough to give Kohli the support CSA gave Smith when he took over captaincy. He has been the unquestioned authority. Also, CSA had a vision on how and what they wanted to do. BCCI has no vision and I think we might just end up cluttering Kohli's mind which might not bring the best in him. Can Indian Cricket commit to Kohli for the next 5-7 years? I am not sure we are ready for that. Another aspect is the rebuilding of the team by itself; we have had Kumble, Dravid, Lax & Ganguly retiring; We do not know when SRT is going to hang his bat, hopefully soon. We do not have a word about Zack; Which is replacing 6 players that is half the team. CSA had a decent team and they wanted a leader after Hansi and they picked Smith. When you have Half the team to be replaced you do not choose a new leader, unless you are forced to. Supporting Mahi in the rebuilding process is what is required, give the best 14 men he needs

Posted by Alok505 on (December 18, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

India Lost home series to England after 28 years , clean sweep loss in england & australia ....high time to think of captaincy change . but dont know kohli is the right option

Posted by jonesy2 on (December 18, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

they couldnt get any worse so now is the perfect time

Posted by Gizza on (December 18, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

The problem with India's batting lineup at the moment is that there is nobody in the middle age period. The experienced batsmen are too old or not in great form (Sachin. Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambhir) and the good batsmen are far too young and not mature enough (Pujara, Kohli). And Dhoni is showing himself to be a poor captain. None of the bowlers have a guaranteed spot in the team too although Ashwin may become a permanent all-rounder (he doesn't deserve to be in the XI on bowling alone).

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Dhonis' team selection criteria is getting worse, the last test to play with one seamer is a classic example. The seniors not contributing anything to test team must be taken out and give chance to yongsters who is waiting for place in the test squad...Shewag, SRK, Jaheer must removed from test squad. The ideal team should be Dhone as Captain, Ghambir, Pujara, Kholi, Yuvraj, Jadeja, Karthik, Aswin, Oja, Umesh Yadav, Dinda, Ishant,

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

Wake Up BCCI wake Up time has final arrived to makes changes in indian Test side.Blood in young players and prepare them..enough of this old dogs in the team .team pick would be 1.Vijay 2.Rahane/Mukund 3.Pujara 4.kohli(capt) 5.Manoj tiwary 6.Dinesh Karthik(wk) 7.Ashwin 8.Ojha 9.Umesh 10.Ishant 11.RP singh/Aaron

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

I beg to differ. We yet need an experienced player and I would nominate Gambhir as a better choice. Kohli is not yet mature enough. But we need another opener like Rahane or Vijay. We should retain Jadeja and Ashwin and even Ojha depending on the opposing side having more left handers or right handers. We need to have a better pace attack to support Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma. Dinda and Awana cannot yet play Test cricket. We must also have another off spinner and one more pace bowler in reserve. In batting we must prepare Rohit Sharma to take over when Sachin retires. Yuvaraj and Raina are good for limited over cricket.

Posted by Rajasekar_P on (December 18, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

I think Ashwin is suitable for captaincy he averaged more than Kohli in batting and managed some wickets in bowling

Posted by sonu77 on (December 18, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

I think Ravi Ashwin is the most suitable player at the moment to replace Dhoni as a captain.my xi for upcoming series v aussies :gauti,viru,pujara,kohli,rohit/sachin,ashwin(c),dhoni/d.karthik(w/k),jadeja/irfan,umesh,dinda,ojha.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 18, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

Sunil Gavaskar was the best Indian batsmen miles ahead of Tendulya as he scored some winning runs, however, Gavaskar has been making some strange and rather inconsistent statements in the past. His statements about Pakistan and India series were totally unfair and now his statement about Kohli being ready for captaincy is non sensical. Kohli along with Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Dhoni, and Zaheer Khan should be dropped from Indian test team. Where was Kohli when India was humiliated in two test matches. By scoring a century on a flat track where bowlers had nothing makes him captain material? What about Dhoni? Even he scored 99 with his non existant batting technique. Actually even Ian Bell who could not score 10 runs against Saeed Ajmal and Co scored a hundred on the same wicket. A more fair assessment of Kohli will be that he was hyped before test series and he miserably failed. he is yet another Indian flat track bulley who will score heaps of runs in ODI in losing cause!

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (December 18, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

Changing captains is no solution. Regulate financial rewards. Cricketers earn through endorsements and match fees so they can be easily manipulated. Make cricketers realize their IPL earnings after winning Ranji and Tests. If the IPL fee is 1M just just release 10000 first. Release 20000 after a Ranji and ODI win. 40000 for a test win. 80000 for a test series win. 60000 & 120000 for a test and series win in England. 80000 for a test win Australia and South Africa. 250000 for a test series win Aus and SA and in WC.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

I agree with Gavasker Indian team should be change, the win or draw of indian team in the crucial situation was mentored by either dravid or laxman rather than tendulkar ( NO DOUBT HE IS GREAT BATSMAN OF ERA). Dhoni is never test match material i think India do not have good test wicket keeper batsman ( Dhoni is best among them). Indian team performance is degrading after the retirement of 2 genius. They should go with 2 change one is tiwary and one is jadega in test team and they should be clear that with this team it gonna take time and crucial time will come in the foreign tour. I think dhoni should step down right time has now come his team is not performing great ( 8-0 Loss in Foreign) and 2 win against weak opponent that to in home ground and hard manner and lost home series against team who was not playing well against the spin attack

Posted by Vendhan-virat on (December 18, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

Now, every one wants to replace Doni. I agree Doni captaincy was bad in this series because poor selection of bowlers with only one seamers in the team will always hurt. Before pointing finger at Doni, let's rewind, how was performance of Selfish and lazy Shewag, reckless Gambir, and super ego man Tendulkar. The spin department is not to be proud of, lifeless and spiritless bowling of Jadega, Ashwmin, Chawla, and Ohjat they are bowling like school kids. Now tell who should be the Captain definitely not Kholi, then his career will be short lived. First get rid of Shewag, Gambir, and Tendulkar before discussing the future. Or else future is very bleak who ever may be the captain. When the ship skins captain will die last after seeing life or death of the passengers. Good luck India. Please bring Afghansitan

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

Among current players theer is no good enough to be a captain. Some of them including Dhoni may not be there in my test team. It is very tough time for Indian test cricket.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

Sourav Ganguly was the best captain of India till date as he enthrilled confidence,made the team grommed yuvraj,sehwag,bhajii,raina zaheer.we started winning abraod.Dhoni is big failure as captain and worse attitude..

Posted by CricketLifer on (December 18, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

I think it will be a wrong move. Just when a young batsman is maturing in his batting the added burden of captaincy will be distracting and so harmful. I also think Kohli needs to mature in other ways as well. Unfortunately, it looks like India is out of options wrt a new captain. Dhoni does need to be dropped at least from Test captaincy.

Posted by saqskhan on (December 18, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

I think its not a good idea to give captaincy to Kohli based on only one performance. He is not mature enough to mentor the side. Everyone is talking about the captaincy of Dhoni, but no one sees the root cause of this.It's d players like Sachin, Sehwag,Yuvraj,Zaheer who should responsibile for this poor performance.Understand that Yuvraj,Zaheer is being dropped,but what about Sachin,whe no one is talking about his poor show in this series.No one has guts to drop Sachin why?Has he done something great for Indian cricket??I believe players like Kapil,Gavaskar,Dravid,Kumble had given more than Sachin,agree that Sachin records speaks everything,but its only about his individual contribution that didn't contributed to the team.I didn't saw Sachin playing with no.9 or10 batsmen. Dravid was the only one who was there with team even in the crisis situation. Last say-Sachin should learn from Ponting and if he want to live his rest life peacefully then he should hang his boots now.

Posted by jimbond on (December 18, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

Dhoni would clearly still fit into the test team as the best wicketkeeper batsman in India. Yet his ego may be too big for him to play under someone else. I hope they wouldn't bring in the overrated Dinesh Karthik(who has been given too many chances already). It would make far more sense to bring in some low profile (but good glovemen) like Saha or Naman Ojha; or take a risk by blooding a young guy like Smit Patel or Sanju Sampson.

Posted by jimbond on (December 18, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

Dhoni is the best captain that India every had- in ODIs and T20s. In tests, in recent years, Kumble was clearly the better of the two. In tests definitely there has to be a change, because Dhoni is clearly not able to inspire the team. Even though India are a side on the decline, so are England, and a few good sessions would have given India the series, and Dhoni was not able to inspire his players to do so. Gambhir and Kohli are clearly unsuitable for Indian captaincy because of their attitude. I wish India would first select the 15 or 16 member team, then think of the probable 11 and select (any) one of those in the 11. Given Indian culture and the power-distance thing, it is only after they are given the authority that they really demonstrate their leadership skills. If they are only looking for a leader, it would make sense to go with someone like Kaif (and in the current batting crisis, he may well fit into the team).

Posted by joseyesu on (December 18, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

Does the hundred on the 4th day changed gavaskar's mind? Dhoni is not fit for Test match and giving the captaincy to sehwag and gambir is more like suicide. I too go with Kohli for his aggression. Team find a good replacement to Sachin, Zaheer, Dhoni.

Posted by PranayC on (December 18, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

I am not sure if it's a good idea or not but to all those stating that Virat is inexperienced, have you heard of someone named Greame Smith? He became captain after playing 8 tests and 20 odd ODIs and see how that turned out!

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

Why is a captain blamed when the whole team is not doing well? there are several players who need to take test cricket seriously- all seniors. I think Dhoni should stay captain but change his role- bat up the order ideally at No.3 or even open the batting.

Posted by Prats6 on (December 18, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

OMG , One innings and Kohli is ready for Test captaincy? Sunny was joking right?

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

Some people said that don't blame dhoni for this condition of Indian test team.my question to those people is then why it is said always that Dhoni lift 2 WC cup for India. If we give credit to Dhoni for 2 WC because he was captain then why not he is responsible for all in test cricket.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

I think Gavaskar forget about Pujara as captain, as because he scored double tons in first test. It's silly giving captaincy because of he got a ton. Certainly MSD looses his spot as Captain anymore in tests and Gambhir can be given captaincy to check for next series. It's really surprise thought from Gavaskar.

Posted by amarnath79 on (December 18, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

Selectors are definitely part of the problem. There is a player named Jiwanjot Singh on Punjab Ranji team who has scored one double century and 5 centuries in Ranji matches in last 3 months. Punjab is on top of the Ranji Table thanks to this guy. Do selectors even know about him or are they going to stick with Sehwag, Gambir, M. Vijay etc forever?

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

First and foremost,the observation by Gavaskar that Kohli is ready for Test captaincy has only come out of frustration. Kohli has not even cemented his place in the team . Dhoni was never meant to be a test cricketer with his ungainly technique while batiing and wicket keeping. The cushion provided by stalwarts like Dravid and Laxman ensured India's safety all these years. With these fighters missing,we only have a collection of slam bang cricketers ,who are fit enough to play only T20 games. The day is not far off when India will rank below West Indies,Newzeland and Bangladesh. It is time that only cricketers who have represented India long enough should run BCCI and not corporate heads and politicians.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (December 18, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

AvidCricFan:Why are you telling about Sachin when Gavaskar itself is not mentioning anything about Sachin.Its clear from your words that you have not touched a cricket bat in your life.If you are telling any options against Sachin let it be inside your home boundary with your wife and parents.Dont dare enough to come infront by telling against Sachin.

Posted by FulltossBouncer on (December 18, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

Kohli has been lucky to be given an extended run. There's no doubt that he's prolific in ODIs, but like a lot of good limited overs players, he's not that well suited for Test Cricket. Look at the Ajay Jadejas and Yuvraj Singhs. They were great limited overs players, but really struggled to make an impact in Tests.

He scores big only in the final tests of series'. Persisting with Kohli actually means blocking a spot for a deserving batsmen like Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary.

Truth be told, there's no player fit to lead team India in the current circumstances.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 18, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

Kohli may turn out to be a good captain, or not. But the biggest problem right now is Tendulkar. Why Gavaskar does not tell the Indian Board to get rid of non-performers like Tendulkar and Sehwag? Rahani, Tiwary, Rohit, Mandeep Singh or Jiwanjot Singh can play better than those no good seniors.

Posted by y4yoga on (December 18, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

Mr Gavaskar There's nothing to do with the captaincy for the loss. Its all because of over confidence and miscalculation about the opponent. You could say its all because of the poor performance from all the playing eleven, the captain cannot alone take the responsibility when you don't get all your players perform. If you would want to sack one person for the loss then please replace the coach, then everything would fall in to place. It was weel and good for team Indian untill gary was there... And more over kholi doesn't have any tempearment to become a captain. If Kholi perform the same way for the next couple of test series as he did now, then you will come up with the word that kholi is not fit for test. Please don't judge players with just one inninings

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

Drop Sachin Tendulkar.Why does't he say that ?Bring in ajinkya Rahane and Rohit sharma.Its also time to drop sehwag once and for all for his attitude and splitting the side.This will be a small step towards building a team.

Posted by sramesh_74 on (December 18, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

What does Sunny have to say about the master blaster??? Sunny himself went out on a high after a fantastic 96 on a minefield of a pitch. Would be good if he passed on a few tips to Tendulkar.

Posted by Dhanvanth on (December 18, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

If kohli is ready for captaincy then even gambhir and sehwag r ready for it! Kohli s too immature now, lets see aft some 2 years! But the bcci would have different plans!

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (December 18, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

SG is an awful commentator, he is so partisan it is untrue. I was watching the first couple of hours live from the states each night and if he was commentating I muted it. Geoff Boycott on the other hand is honest and fair if England are poor he says so rather than insult the spectators intelligence. I cannot see how Kohli is captain material, he has hardly set the world alight in the last series other than that knock when the series was effectivley lost; his attitude stinks too, how many tests has he played? I might be wrong and to be fair I don't really care, it would be a backward step the issue is not the captaincy surely it is the non performing legends (deadwood) and weak bowling oh and lack of fitness.

Posted by KanchanBNZ on (December 18, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

Dare I say it...1st change Sachin to "retire" gracefully?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 18, 2012, 2:15 GMT)

I assume that Dhoni has the hunger inside but outwardly he doesn't project it. Kohli wears his heart more on his sleeve and is obviously passionate about India doing well but I'm not sure that he has shown the requisite maturity at this stage. His performance with the bat was no better than Dhoni's here either, so he would exactly be leading by example right now.

Posted by crickketlover on (December 18, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

BCCI is treating the Indian Cricket players as government workers - whether they perform well or not they will be kept until they retire. Come on... the players should be treated as professionals - show them the door if they don't perform that includes SRT as well.

Posted by Buggsy on (December 18, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

Come on Ricky_Ponting, you really didn't think you'd get away with that did you? I'd probably say it's the other way around - Kholi is maybe only player in the team who can handle all conditions rather well, except perhaps Tendulkar a decade ago.

Posted by Gloryof96 on (December 18, 2012, 2:03 GMT)

What "trying circumstance", did Kohli score when the series was up for grabs??

Dhoni is still the best guy for the job considering all the circumstance. Get Tendulkar, Khan and Yuraj out, then get Sehwag to bat and field like a test player. Gambir still has a job. Promote Pujera to open (for god sake its not like he cant opener when he actually had to in all the games when the 1st wicket fell early). Look for strike bowlers not 1st change bowlers!

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

Dhoni should not be axed....... Failure of the indian team... not failure of the captain dhoni (or) other one... Gambhir is not suitable for captaincy... Virat Kohli have to 2 to 3 years.... The cheap indian cricket politics are done in the series... Even God also cannot make perfect things.... Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin failed to play their game... Gavaskar turned old...that old man have much time to comment on Sachin and Captaincy ... Indian media dont have news...... They are focusing on Sachin and Dhoni ..... This is true wer sachin is god of cricket and dhoni is the best captain of indian cricket team ever..........

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

First Gavaskar should know that time immemorial Indians have copied relentlessly the ideas of the west, copy, copy copy, be it Hollywood or how to tie a tie!! Get real, Dhoni is the only one trying to figure out A real Indian approach with half the population of India criticizing the Captan but not "god" or " Swehag " , why did England do well , simple they exercised well, kept fit, read, watched, then ate well, then went and thought and applied, yet the most critical period for any Indian all over the world is the first ball after lunch time be it at a picnic, or in a test match!! Because it's our tradition, ask Swehag how he did not see the first ball after lunch, what I called "jalebi gathia" because it's true , thats the rule in India after eat take nap please, then go out and take the earnings!

Posted by Feroz9700 on (December 18, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

Yes Kohli would be a good choice as captain since India would be looking to rebuild in the next 1 or 2 years. It would also remove the issue of Ego clashes between Senior Indian Cricketers or any personality conflict which could develop. Kohli is young and seems to be able to adapt to all 3 formats so would be a good choice for Captaincy role. Dhoni is still a good captain but maybe slightly defensive for test match Cricket and T20, his wait and watch attitude works in 50 over format only.

Posted by Seanny on (December 18, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

another icon, seems to have lost his mind, how in the blue hell can virat be trusted with test captaincy, he's yet to prove his test credentials, nd ppl plz talk some sense nd don't fret over sach, form is temporary but class is permanent, he can bat like he used to, something he did around 2003-04 whn voices were being raised against his performance in NZL, it was he who stood up nd asked us to have faith in the team after we had horribly lost to the Oz in the league match, nd mind u he lived up to it...every team goes thru such phase, just like any player, like good times, this would also pass, agree tht certain changes re needed at this point of time, but panics wont help at all......

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

That would be a bold move to make Kohli as a captain... Now is the time to make a new team around Kohli... thats what South Africa did and now they are reaping the reward for it... When Smith was made captain he was only year old at International cricket and too many people were against him but he led the team from front and proved himself to the world. Now, it is the time for India to chaneg old school tactics and try something new that can give then test wins...

Posted by Desihungama on (December 18, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

Common Gavaskar Bhai. It doesn't take genius to know what ails India. You are in dire need of a good all around bowling group. Odi's and T20's may require good batsmen to win championships but Test matches are won by bowlers.

Posted by Punjami on (December 18, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

Fully agree with sunny bhai's statement that India should have been proactive -- at least two occasions - when Eng was about 150 adrift in Mumbai though they had lost only few wickets and at Nagpur when they started the 3rd innings with 4 for no loss. Had we attacked on these two occasions things could have been different. Teams like OZ always have their foot on the door, whatever be their state in a match, look for a small opening and then barge in. Such a Houdini's act trick is missing of late. For how many years are we going to gloat on the Kolkatta Test when India did not lose a wicket the whole day!

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

I like Gavaskar's idea...India need a new captain..Dhoni has run out of ideas in Tests..As Wasim Akram commented, Dhoni has no plan B or C when plan A does not work..It is true that few players in the current Test team are assured of a place..But Kohli could be one.. Graeme Smith became SA captain at 22 I think..and he did well..Even Cook is quite young.... I am not a fan of Gambhir at all..I would be very happy if MSD, Viru, Gambhir and SRT are dropped from Test team. I would also hope that SRT's injury will prevent him from playing in the ODI series against England and Pakistan......We need a young team with sharp fielders to win in ODI and T20.

Posted by challagalla on (December 18, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

Kohli is a future prospective captain. Firstly he needs to work on his very very short fuse. His behavior was unbecoming and he comes across as an immature pup. He is agressive and talented just needs to work on his attitude.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

I knew this would happen if India lost the series. The problem isn't the captain. The problem is a poor bowling attack, and out of form batsmen. Changing the captain may only make things worse!! Pujara looks a good test player, then u have Rahane, who looks the part, and should replace SRT....Stop with the stupid knee-jerk reactions, and invest some time and effort to produce some test quality bowlers!

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

Mr Gavaskar is very selective and biased in his views on Dhoni.He is making him the only casualty on the series loss. What about our ( now not so great ) SRT,Sehwag,Indian spinners and fast bowlers. So change the entire team ? If Pakistan can drop Afridi from the one-day team and have a mix of new and old players , India can follow suit. I personally feel that Mr Gavaskar, like Indian film industry, wants to be in the news for whatever right or wrong reasons.He must also retire from giving comments !

Posted by nthuq on (December 18, 2012, 1:02 GMT)

It would be a bold move, but I don't see India making a bold move. Though frankly, I do think Dhoni needs to go soon as captain. He's still probably the best keeper-batsman in India for tests and ODIs, but he could probably go for T20Is, where he really hasn't shown any real ability. The problem then is who you would make captain for the tests? No one is really holding down their spot with any sort of authority. Of the players available though, Kohli probably is the best candidate.

Posted by Meety on (December 18, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

I think Kohli is the captain in waiting - just not the next captain though! I think it is too soon. I think IF Sachin decides NOT to retire yet, he should be captain for a year or two & then retire. In that time, Pujarra & Kohli (maybe even Gambhir) will have proven their credentials. Kohli is a massive talent, but I think the captaincy would chop him off at the knees. India need to replace Dhoni, & they need to consider a short to mid term option!

Posted by Nathan_R_Patrick on (December 18, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

With due respect to Sunny, effectively he quickly jumped on getting rid of Dhoni as a captain but has not guts to ask Sachin to hang his boots. Why? And a century, in tough times qualifies one as a captain suddenly? Are we in 60s or 70s? A captain in Sunny's times versus Captain today, is a whole different ballgame. I don't think Sunny needs to be told that fact. Suddenly Dhoni is old? I'm not too amused by Dhoni's captaincy either. But radical changes to the team will result in lot of disruption. Especially the power hungry indian mindset will unsettle Sehwag, Gambhir at the least if they get passed over. I'm not saying they serve it more than Kohli. But they definitely deserve the captaincy gig. Don't ruin Kohli by throwing captaincy at him. Let him shape himself up into an optimum combination of Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid in different formats. He should be away from the limelight if he is going to be india's reliable secret weapon that they can count on 70% of the times. Sunny is wrong.

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (December 18, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

I really hope India does anoint Kohli as captain. They really need to put the broom through their side and get rid of ageing stalwarts like Tendulkar and rebuild from the ground up. A young, hungry and combative captain like Kohli would be great for Indian cricket. It would be fantastic to see superstars of the next generation like Clarke, Cook and Kohli all captaining their respective sides at the same time. It would be good for India and good for cricket.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

Good Joke. We all know that Mr.Gavaskar has good humor and he is proving that. To be a test captain - you need a calm, composed, patient mind. There are only a few current players who have it - Dhoni, Sachin, Sehwag etc; Aggressive players like Kohli, Gambhir are fit to captain only 20-20's and not Test Cricket. Let Dhoni be the captain of ODI and Test team; while kohli captain of 20-20 team. But give Dhoni the team that he deserves - Remove Gambhir, Sachin, Zaheer from Test team and include new faces. BOLD MOVE IS NOT MAKING KOHLI CAPTAIN BUT REMOVING SACHIN, WE NEED TO WAIT FOR 20 MORE YEARS IF WE BELIEVE THAT HE WILL RETIRE ON HIS OWN.

Posted by basusri133b on (December 18, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

Kohli is immature and lacks class. He needs to grow up first. That could possibly take care of the first problem. The second one cannot be fixed.

Posted by chakra04 on (December 18, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

Where are all the critics and ex-cricketers in Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble, Amarnath, Kapil and many more who raised their voice after kolkata test and asked for changes to the Indian cricket team. They suddenly went missing now. They should have done all the talking now after the series is actually over instead of during the middle of the series. Or do I smell something fishy from BCCI asking them not to talk to the media??

Posted by hellomate007 on (December 18, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

Gambhir is a sensible option. He might not be at his best now but he always reacted positively to responsibility. He manged to lead India towards an excellent series win over New Zeland ( he was outstanding in that series). Also for kkr, again he did pretty well.

Posted by Natraja on (December 18, 2012, 0:22 GMT)

yeah typical knee jerk reaction from Gavaskar. as if only Dhoni contributed in India;s bad performances.The problem of India is they don't have match winner bowler and their famed batsmen are averaging in 20s. No captain can win with team like this unless they are playing some minnow. And guys advocating Dinesh Karthik are myopic. Karthick cant match Dhoni in any form of the game.

Posted by Rahulbose on (December 17, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

It would be a bold move, but you could see India trying to build a new team under new captain. You would have to remove Duncan as well. Dhoni could continue but Indian selectors need to ask him to stop playing one format (T20/ODIs) and focus on tests. But all this is moot anyway, IPL owners do team selections and run BCCI. So not much hope for the test team.

Posted by Dhanno on (December 17, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

@Batandballs. the indian teams captain can come from mallya/ambani/srini controlled teams only. Its written in BCCI manual, havent you read it :) ?..If dhoni goes, the goodlooking, fan adored, superstar in making virat kohli is the one who will be captain. Damn the test performances, these things are immaterial. And Sunny bhai is sitting there to rubberstamp the appointments, these are well placed people in media who will write articles about Kohli showing his class (third), Kohli being gritty boy etc, the desi junta will then start dancing, saying "if gavaskar says so, plz make kohli captain" , then BCCI will elevate the "chosen" one to captaincy.

Besides why do you want Pujara in this mess, they will make him captain and then give him Yuvi/ Raina/ Vijay/ Bhajji Chawla Gambhir (Aggressive boy cum amazing cricketer cum finder-of-faults-in-everyone-else fame) in team and ask him for results! Better he bat, and bats only.

And pray BCCI doesnt ban test cricket in next ICC meeting!!!

Posted by torsha on (December 17, 2012, 23:15 GMT)

I don't think so he is ready. Gambhir can be a new captain. And certainly we want MSD as a captain in ODIs and T20s if not for tests.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (December 17, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

Kohli is one who can be candidate to become test captain. Gambhir has captaincy goods, but his performance is questionable. Shewag is rapidly getting close to his use by date. He scores big once in 10 innings and that too when conditions are favorable to him.

Why is Gavaskar not candid about SRT? He is burden to the team and at 40 it doesn't get any better. His presence is not rubbing off on younger players. The results are evident. If his presence is required, let him be closer to player in the dressing room not on the ground. The spineless BCCI needs to act to force him to retire. He is selfishly hanging on. If he has given 23 years to cricket, he has also benefited more from the Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

I don't understand wat Gavaskar is commenting, it is a joke to ask Virat to become captain. Dhoni record speaks for himself. I have not seen a better captain in India than Dhoni. He is the best Captain in all formats. We need to remove the unfit cricketers in the team like Shewag - Cant run or catch. Virat has played only 14 test matchs and asking him to captain the team is a Joke. Gavaskar i think, you should stop commenting.

Posted by kashir1234 on (December 17, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

Are you out of your mind? Kohli is ready for test captain ship based on one performance. He has potential but its too early to give him the responsibility. He has to learn to control his temper and he has to perform more consistently in future tests.

Posted by Raj12345 on (December 17, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

Bring Dinesh Karthik. enough bad treatment to him. He will have better support to Kohli than Dhoni. Dhoni need to given good bye from test and stick with ODI.

Posted by here2rock on (December 17, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

I agree with Gavaskar, India has to take the bold step and see what the youngster has in him. Currently Dhoni can not inspire anyone, the biggest problem I have with him is that he does not believe in his crew, this leads to low confidence in the team. He does not select the right team because of his biased opinion about certain players. I don't think that anyone can do a worse job than Dhoni.

Posted by VivSingh on (December 17, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

@Nabeel Khalid: well said.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

I don't think Kohli's form merits captaincy. India is in a situation where not a single player is guaranteed a spot in the team, based on their performances since the last 18 months.....

Posted by Mariakutty on (December 17, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

Suppose we obey Gavaskar Sir's order. Will Sachin bat like when he was 15yrs back? Will our present spinners turn the ball square? Will our fielding improve? Will every player attend the early morning practice session? Will our players workout on their potbelly? Will India start playing exceptional cricket?

Posted by roversgate on (December 17, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

Everyone is busy dumping captaincy to Kohli, has anyone considered the fact that he hasn't even completed a year of playing all 3 formats? Give him some time to settle in before dumping captaincy. If you say vice-captain then fine but captain is a bit too much? I agree with Sehwag and Gambhir not deserving it either. In fact, if Zaheer was always fit, I think even at his age, he would make a good interim captain. Otherwise, groom Pujara for captaincy.

Posted by jerryman on (December 17, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

the selectors should listen to Christmas carols.. they may get some inspiration from "God rest ye merry gentlemen" . Time to put them to rest permanently .. Get a younger side in now.. it will take about 2 years to build , the sooner the better .. Give consideration to players strictly on form .. not on past performances 2-3 years back .. Get a new captain for Tests .. and have a fielding coach as well .. you were outplayed totally ... learn from mistakes .. get a new selection committee and pretty please, no politics ...

Posted by iraza4355 on (December 17, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Kohli is not even close to being ready.He has so much attitude and anger, which will definitely not make him a successful captain..I am not sure how Mr Gavaskar came up with this recommendation.Kohli needs to do lot of growing up as a person, needs to get that bitterness and attitude out of his system.

Posted by tapooori on (December 17, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

Gavaskar must be joking. He is a hypocrite we all know but I thought he had some knowledge of cricket. He should know (which I doubt) the qualities of a captain and check whether or not Kohli posses these qualities. Not even one can be associated with Kohli

Kohli, after the first three test matches of this series was the number one or two in the list of dropouts identified by him, and now after he (Kohli) played one inning of no significance, he became the future captain. How come a batsman whose own place in the team is not guaranteed could be tipped as future captain? If the future captaincy for India is based on an inning or two then why not Pujara? He was more consistent then any other senior or junior member of the team. His contributions in this series if were matched by one additional batsman could've guaranteed a series win for India.

My Indian friends and readers like it or not, Dhoni, currently is the best option India have to lead the team.

BTW I am not an Indian.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

I dont think any former Indian player except Kapil n Gavaskar has it in them to doubt Dhoni's Integrity as he is the only Indian captain to have taken India to the No.1 spot in test and ODI cricket and to also have won two world cups.. India will be back in number one spot if they exclude Gambhir and Chawla and replace Rahane or Rohit Sharma in place of Gambhir and also include Umesh Yadav or any other good budding fast bowler in the team that played the last test. Another thing is, why cant a curator be changed if he does not follow what the home team wants. India mainly lost bcoz of the curators in England n India versus England

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

I dont think Captaincy is the problem with Indian team. A captain is as good as his team.

Posted by Bon_Bon on (December 17, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Foul mouth and abusive attitude arent captaincy traits. To play hard, you dont have to be vulgur - just the Kohli he is. Gavi should know better!

Posted by hakapuu on (December 17, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

@Ricky_Ponting: He actually made more runs in Australia than any other indian batsmen and was the only one succesfull there. Stop using cliches like flat pitch bully at every chance you get!

Posted by ratspeed on (December 17, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

I agree with the Sehwag's of the game not being dedicated enough but it is unfair to put Dhoni in the same spot, he's just an easy target. Gasvaskar is another crooked BCCI lackey and sings their tune whenever they want him to, where the BCCI's attention to a 20/20 schedule at the expense of Test Cricket is not called to question. To Gavaskar, Shastri, and the rest of the talking heads: India lost because the administration has not valued Test Cricket enough.

Posted by AjaySridharan on (December 17, 2012, 22:00 GMT)

Why not come out and name the "some of the guys who have been around"...have some balls Sunny! - call names - Sachin, Viru, Gambhir, Zaheer, Yuvraj

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

Dear Mr. Gavaskar, I understand your concern for India's future as a test playing nation and I also agree with the fact the Dhoni should be relieved from the burden of Test captaincy (which he himself considers a necessary evil). However, I think Kohli is an exceptional batsman and indeed would make an excellent captain atleast better than MSD. However, if captaincy hampers his batting, I would imagine that it will be to the detriment to the overall welfare for the team. Kohli's got that spunk that Ganguly had and does not come accross a person who would mince words. However, i feel there is a perfect situation for handing over the captaincy to Sehwag (not that he has impressed with consistency or has scored match winning knocks lately) but he has excellent cricketing instincts. His buccaneering brand of cricket is refreshing to say the least. I would expect fielders placed in unusual positions, eccentric tactics being applied and most importantly a non-sense approach!!

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

"Till the fourth day of the Nagpur Test, I would have backed Dhoni. Now that Virat has come up with a hundred under trying circumstances.....dhoni 99-kohli 103.....Mrs Gavaskar changed his mind cuz of 4 runs

Posted by Nathan74 on (December 17, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

Captaicy is depend on the person's leadership quality, ability to take decision etc. Kohli is a good player. Does he have good leadership skills to lead his team. I don't know. This also brings additional strain and could affect his game. Dhoni was good. Now he is defensive leader. I sometimes consider him a cheat. He wants the groundsmen to play for them by tweaking the pitch. Even that didn't help him this time. He is turned this way because what he got. An ageing mediocre team. Each of them can come up all sorts of excuses but no one is buying them. As for Kohli please make sure that he has the quality to be caption. Don't send him to be slaughtered. Good example is Ex New Zealand Caption Ross Taylor. Should have never made a caption. What happened after that was a disgrace.

Posted by BatAndBalls on (December 17, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Gavaskar's a blithering idiot! Captaincy is not Kohli's cup of tea, if passion was the only ingredient in the measuring cup then half of the team mates are eligible for captaincy. BTW performance is mandatory to be part of the team so cannot use it as a measuring yard stick for captaincy.

Posted by Senthil.G on (December 17, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

Yes Kohli is ready to lead India in ODI/T20 formats but not in TESTS. He still has to establish himself as a player in Tests. Rahane, Tiwary, Rohit, Jadeja and even Badrinath could challenge his Test spot. Sehwag could move down the order to bat at No.6 to provide the x faster. So he needs to cement his place first. Why not Pujara for Tests? He wont be busy selling brands in IPL or T20 in near future. Yet to debut in ODIs. May be he will have time to concentrate on building a nice test team.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (December 17, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

England can drop their vice captain and class all-rounder for loss of form. After all it is only temporary, and Broad shall make a comeback. With Indians, it is different. They have holy cows; and lots of them. So what if India continued to lose. BTW is it surprising that India lost yet another test series; home advantage is no longer relevant. The manner of loss against Eng and Aus where they lost usually by an innings or thereabout showed that they were simply no match in virtually every match.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (December 17, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

Kohli is not fitted for captaincy even of the cricket team of my 9 year old son. Gavaskar is not best placed to comment - he after all is the one who walked off and have massive stand off with umpire in Australia. Here is link; http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/145850.html Gavaskar showed himself to be a total and utter disgrace that day and it seem that he now favour Kohli - who in my opinion is far worse. Kohli remember - who put mid-digit to crowd at SCG, who shout in face of England player throughout ODI in India, who call England pitch in 2011 "green-top" even though he never play on them. AND now Kohli - who make DISGRACEFUL performance on Day 4 here. If India do go that way and appoint Kohli last person to leave should switch off light....

Posted by vipravara on (December 17, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

Kohli's attitude does NOT make him the right captain for tests. Instead Pujara should be the one for immediate as well as long term, as he did OK with Indian A team. Kholi should be the captain only for ODIs and T20s either immediate or later and Dhoni should be confined to ODIs and T20s- a cricket lover from India

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 17, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

he got bottle to bring india top of world again, come on kohli show ur class and conquer the world.. @ricky_----- how wud u explain his fighting ton in aus?? he is best young talent and best odi player in world, who says that?? , ask icc award dispensing committee

Posted by Chris_P on (December 17, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

After the way he carried on about Trott's appeal? You are kidding, Sunny. That will hardly elevate him to respect status or do you want him capable of leading his team off in a test match?

Posted by bumsonseats on (December 17, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

gavaskar talk about the kettle calling the frying pan.this guy has only ever played for himself.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

I agree with Mr. Gavaskar. Let anyone be the captain other than MS Dhoni who has totally lost his brains. India, I am sure will come back on the right track once Dhoni is thrown out of the team. His negativity, self denial, delusion, dishonesty etc., are costing India big time. Add to that fact, some individuals like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambir etc should also be shown the door. India can still win without these 4 guys. Collectively, as a group they have not done much in terms of helping India win even 1 test match in the last year and half. Lastly, Kohli will bring a new flavour to the team, a fresh start and a brilliance of youth. He only needs to tweak his attitude a bit and then we have one fine young man with the right aptitude for test cricket. Please let it be anyone other than MS Dhoni !

Posted by EdwardTLogan on (December 17, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

So in one sentences Gavaskar claims Kohli is readyto be captain based on his century, in which he curbed his natural game, and in the next sentence he criticises the Indian batsmen for batting too slowly. Surely it is time for Gavaskar to be sent to greener pastures. His commentating was even more biased in this series than in the past and his constant attempts to legitimise he and Chetan Chauhan walking from the field in Australia in 1981 are laughable. He has become a blight on the game of cricket.

Posted by US_Indian on (December 17, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

Gavaskar my best would be to either go for Kaif who didnt get fair treatment all along now it is time to make amends and give him his fare share of recognitiion, at least it is better late than never and if managment still do not want to corect their mistakes they can go for Pujara rather than Kohli who has a better temperament and cricketing mind and a silent aggression and i hope will command respect from his players and public alike much better than Kohli. It is too early for both to take this additional responsibility which would either make or break them, let them establish themselves first and learn the trade and slowly push them with added responsibility. Everyone cannot be a MAK Pataudi or Graeme Smith, i guess you got the gist of argument.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

I think Dhoni should still be the test captain, but the selectors should announce Kohli as the vice-captain and the future captain to take over at the end of 2013. The selectors should categorically rule out the possibility of any of the current seniors becoming captain. Even in the past when it was clear that the selectors were looking for a new captain (towards end of Ganguly captaincy), India's performance was inconsistent.

Good fielding should be made a primary requirement unless somebody is both a good bowler and also a good batsman. Ishant and Ojha should be dropped. The seniors Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar should be rotated one at a time for Rahane, Badrinath, Tiwari, Rayadu, Raina.

Posted by tests_the_best on (December 17, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Kohli could be the 2010s version of saurav ganguly. Pujara is more in the dravid mold but kohli has a bit of brashness which is probably what the team needs.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 17, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

Young players normally do not afraid to lose. Dhoni has lot to lose. He was afraid to go into attack mode because he is thinking 2-1 loss is better than 3-1. If young player as captain he knows he play more years and even if he loses he can make up. Dhoni captaincy shelf life is ended. he is on last breadth because N srinivasan wants to keep csk captain as india's captain for his own economical reasons. Conflict of interest. These people do not care about india they only care about how much money he can make. I bring dinesh karthik as wicket keeper in Test , parthiv patel second if dk fails ( that would be his last chance). Rest sehwag ,gambhir ,sachin ( force him to retire) for few series and start experiment with 11 young players. It is time to find who is good. NO ROHIT SHARMA pls.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Accepted, Bharat lost back to back test series. But Dhoni still is the best caption around for Kohli to prosper under.

Just because you are contractually obligated to write something, it doesn't mean that you write anything. Dhoni is one of the few who always play for the country, and not for personal records.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Oh please Mr. Gavaskar, what state do you want your team in.......??? please stop acting childishly, one innings doesn't mean that he is ready, he comes off age and blah blah blah, he needs to be groomed, he is one of the most promising batting talent India has now but he needs to work very very very hard on his technique and his temperament and your are hurrying him to job that is not for him, you will ruin him in that manner. It was you who was bragging about after the first test, look what is the result at the end, u needs to grow up as well, i think...................;)

Posted by MVRMurty on (December 17, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

It might be too early for Kohli to captain the Indian side. Definitely India needs a new captain and certainly Dhoni has to give it up now; big time. Gambhir/Sehwag are a little old and fickle to handle test captaincy. Rather I would opt Raina who is young and as well shrewd who comes 4/5/6 down in the batting line-up. Kohli is a good batsman and I would not give captaincy to him. He is a aggressive player and let it be; he loses his calm easily and not the right person to hold his nerve in testing conditions. Time to bring up new men into the squad - I would play 2 of these 3: Tiwary, Rahane, Rohit and 2 of these 4: Sachin, Gambhir, Dhoni and Sehwag. I am not sure what happened to Rahul Sharma - he was gem of a leggie. Ashwin/Ojha are not effective and we need many more good bowlers and atleast 2 fit fast bowlers. It will be a very good training for the youngsters to play against Aussies and the face the South Africans in their den.

Posted by baskar_guha on (December 17, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Gavaskar is a legend for his many accomplishments but he sometimes gets a bit emotional in his analysis. I think Virat will struggle as captain with Sehwag and Gambhir in the mix. India should persist with Dhoni at least through the end of this season and take stock then. Would like to see Virat perform consistently well against the Aussies.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 17, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Dhoni do not want to lose 3-1 knowing sehwag will get out first ball zero again. I can't blame dhoni on the first hour batting. That said i would not want dhoni in Test team. Mainly because he do not do wicket keeping that well. Also he will be in Test team he will under mine kohli captaincy. In india you need to have term captaincy. In that each person get 2 year captaincy at max. Only ODI capatincy should goes to person who can win it because india wants worldcup more than test win. Test batsman can become odi batsman , so in that way we need to freshen up Test team every 2 year with new younger captain. I thnk if india sacked dhoni after aussie series this would have been great for kohli to have learned captaincy in india. Oh well N srinivasan is a problem maker for me. He has conflict of interest to keep csk captain as indian captain. I think BCCI need to remove N srinivasan from BCCI post.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

What is wrong with India, Pakistan and other Asian nations? One decent score and you are ready for test captaincy? Virat Kohli has a lot to learn. His attitude is still one of the worst in the team. He is needs to just knuckle down and concentrate on batting. Don't make the same mistake Pakistan made with Salman Butt.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (December 17, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

I say clean house for test Sehwag, Gambir, Sachin all should be dropped. Ishant Sharma again should be dropped, he one of all promise and a few good balls. Ashwin unless he can be a number 6 has not exhibited qualities of a lead bowler...time to try and move on

Posted by SamAsh07 on (December 17, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Nice score a 100 and you're automatically captain material. With this logic Fawad Alam should've been captain of Pakistan Test Squad years ago.

Posted by sweetspot on (December 17, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Most of the time, I'd go by the old Indian tradition of respecting someone for how old they are. Now I do it with a little caution, making sure the person is acting his or her age in the first place. It is one thing to show application and score a ton after a string of low scores, and entirely something else to have the character for leadership. Kohli is by no means mature enough. He let off a famous Hindi expletive immediately after scoring this ton that Mr. Gavaskar says shows his maturity! Even thanking the heavens came as an afterthought! Being combative is a positive, but being offensive is most definitely not. Kohli may seem mature beyond his years, but he's definitely not mature enough for the man who has accomplished so much. Let's not forget, the man making this recommendation of sorts is also the one who scored 36 not out, carrying his bat through a 60 over game. Surely, he knows what batting for the team means! Let the young guns get off the milk bottle first.

Posted by Faizan_Bahadur on (December 17, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

One century in otherwise a poor test series for Kohli and Mr.Gavaskar thinks he is ready for test captaincy.What has runs or century to do with being test captaincy.Isnt it what batmen suppose to do i.e make runs for the team.I think Mr.Gavaskar didnt watch his behaviour with Trott on fourth day and his stupid way to celebrate century.I think he is a long way away to get matured enough to hand a test captaincy.

Posted by Ashiskha on (December 17, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

"It is some of the guys who have been around, who have done well in the past that are being a bit casual about it over the last couple of years." ---- Mr. Gavaskar, just name them man! You will be doing Indian Cricket a big favor. I'll say it--- Sehwag(exposes middle order too frequently by not staying long enough and making every delivery look like it's easy yet succumb to the very deliveries, I'd say he's got a T20 attitude, but watching his failures there makes me wonder), Sachin(seriously, he's got to quit and not long anymore for his picturesque retirement----it won't happen anytime soon when the rebuilding efforts are churning in. Better do it before people have the chance to say--"Oh Finally!" Wait, I think, he will end it when the Mayan calendar ends giving the date some significance: ) ), and a few players need to lurk in Gambhir's rear-view mirror. Who they play, what pitches, bowler, batters combo will come in later.

Posted by simz504 on (December 17, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

Tell Sunny he might be get fined for the BCCI for speaking the truth. The head of BCCI doesn't care about Indian fans or its cricket. It just wants Cap of India to be the Cap of his precious CSK in the IPL. I was never one o those who thought IPL would ruin Indian cricket, but these obvious conflicts of interests between the board and the IPL has proved me wrong. When everyone wants Dhoni sacked, with what logic did the Owner of CSK block it. 10 losses against AUS and ENG should be enough to hand anyone their walking papers.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Do the senior guys mean Sehwag, MSD and Zaheer?

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

I cannot believe the amount of hype surrounding this petulant brat. Making him captain now is a recipe for disaster - just look at his record of infractions, he'd be suspended every other match as captain! God save India if this guy is given the Test captaincy.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

I think Gavaskar is becoming dillusional by the day. Being a neutral follower of this series, I actually had to mute broadcast a few times just coz I didn't want to listen to his rediculously bias commentary. For example when he said "the ball would have clipped the offstump" when Cook was given out lbw during the first innings of the third test. I can only imagine what Paul Collingwood had to go through sitting next to him.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

Kholi for test captaincy I really doubt it Kohli is talented no doubt but his on field attitude is a big time let down In Trott's appeal for caught he was nowhere near the ball but came abusing player n umpire and this not the 1st timeWe need a captain who is calm n level headed Pujara could be a better option for tests

Posted by AneYako on (December 17, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

uhh Kohli has to be one of the most ill behaved individuals in the cricketing world now. So he is ready for captaincy of the Indian team now? Boggles the mind really

Posted by Erebus26 on (December 17, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

I like Kohli as a batsmen and he's got the right attitude, plus he's a bit of a street fighter. But sometimes he has got to channel that energy in the right manner. If he's going to be a captain of India he's got to cut out the kind of verbal clashes with players and umpires that we saw on the fourth day.

Posted by xylo on (December 17, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Sure. Let us all adorn Kohli with military honors, and muddle his thinking while he is young. And then, get the selectors to give him a team filled with passengers like Sachin and Sehwag, and throw in the likes of Harbhajan, Jadeja and Piyush Chawla. Who needs a Badrinath, or a Rahane, or Manoj Tiwary. And then, at the end of the series, let us question his credentials, dump him and scar him for life.

Posted by VivSingh on (December 17, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

I agree Kohli is the way forward. Like him or not, he is the new breed of cricketer that India needs. Indian mentality needs to change though. How can he captain the likes of Sehwag and Gambhir who believe they should've been captains and subscribe to the "I am senior, you are junior" mentality? Their attitude will perpetuate their sloppiness and complacency if they are allowed to continue to reign in India. Lord Sachin is about to retire so we should leave him alone.

"...asking the tailenders to play slam-bang cricket." What kind of stupid talk is this, Gavaskar? Excluding Ashwin, the last 5 Indian wickets are worth 2 wickets. Indian tailend isn't good enough to give the captain any confidence in the lower order. I might respect Gavaskar if he spoke with honesty about the BCCI. Kapil Dev...the true legend of Indian cricket.

Posted by Ricky_Ponting on (December 17, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Flat pitch bully. As soon as you bring him to a pitch that swings and turns, he's as bad as any other team mate.

Posted by Partyman on (December 17, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

With all due respect to what he has achieved in the field, I wouldn't pay any attention to what he has to say off the field. He is the guy, who predicted 4-0 to India. He is the mouth piece of BCCI and IPL. Kohli scores a hundred on a dead pitch and according to SG, he is ready for captaincy! LOL!!! Where was Kohli when his runs were needed in Mumbai and Kolkata. What a hoot. SG epitomises everything that is wrong with Indian cricket. Self - delusion. At no points, SG has given credit to England for their hard work, dedication, determination and commitment. According to him, England won because India let them win. How pathetic and small minded is he!?

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (December 17, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

The senior players not valuing test cricket are Shewag, Gambhir and Dhoni. Sachin might value but he is not capable now due to his age and form. India needs these four to step away but unfortunately that is unlikely. SRT will be guarded by board, selectors and experts saying he has played his best cricket against the Aussies and hence the team needs him for Feb series! Dhoni guarded by BCCI and Shewag guarded by the reputation that he wins matches in a single session - that happens once in 10 matches! Gambhir guarded by the insignificant little runs he made in this Eng series! god save Indian TEST cricket. Hopefully we do sth entertaining and make merry in ODIs (we know we are not T20 experts thou we play IPL)

Posted by Dhanno on (December 17, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

Ya why not! He played one innings while his backside was on fire, on a pitch which had NOTHING for bowlers, all that was needed was patience to stick around. There are tons of batsman in ranji who play these innings (albeit against lesser bowling) every day. With that one inning Virat can be captain, just like some genius talked up his credentials because "virat batted patiently for 15 balls against NZL". Experts like sunny should be flogged in public for not taking one view against BCCI/ Srini consortium. Their views are bought and paid for by the board. Now that same Virat was found abusing the opposition/ umpires one day after his great 100. So good for you Sunny, make Virat the captain.

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