India news January 12, 2012

Dhoni could give up a format in 2013

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MS Dhoni, India's World Cup winning captain, has said he might have to give up one of the formats if he is to lead India's title defence in 2015. He said, however, that such a decision would be made only at the end of 2013, by which time Dhoni will be 32. He will be 33 by the time the World Cup starts in Australia, where India currently find themselves 2-0 down in the Test series.

"If I want to see the 2015 World Cup, I'll have to retire from one of the formats," Dhoni said. "It's too early right now. I am not that old. I am just 30. There is still time. We will see by 2013, and by 2013, I mean the end of 2013."

Dhoni didn't rule out the possibility of not even making it to the World Cup. "That's something I need to see," he said. "I will take it as the time comes. What I really meant was by 2013 I would have to see where I stand when it comes to my body, whether I will be able to survive until the 2015 World Cup. Of course form is a factor.

"Also, what I need to see is, if I play till 2014 and all of a sudden say I can't survive till the World Cup, then all of a sudden you have a new wicketkeeper coming in who has not played more than 30 international games. So by end of 2013 I need to decide if I am fit enough to proceed in one of the formats. It's not personal interest. What I want is an individual who, if he is taking my place, should have played at least 60 to 100 ODIs before he goes into the World Cup. It's what my personal thinking is. We will see accordingly. Lots of time before that."

Dhoni has captained India in 36 Tests. No other wicketkeeper has captained a side in more than 16 Tests. Dhoni has captained in 175 games across formats. The next highest is Kumar Sangakkara, with 66.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY AhaanSM on | January 15, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I feel that Dhoni should first look at his form in 2012 and then decide what to do in 2013. If he does well then he can even play the 2015 WC. But now he is not in good form so he needs to concentrate on his batting and perhaps even on his captaincy.

  • POSTED BY RK.Chandru on | January 14, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    What give up???? Get lost from here Mr. Dhoni! You do not deserve to be in the team, denying more talented deserving men their chances. Captaincy or a place in the team is not your (or, anyone's) birth right. It has to be earned by merit. You lost it already Mr. MSD! Let the selectors be bold enough to drop non performers irrespective of how much is invested on them.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    None was spared especially dhoni nd laxman, ppl were wondering hw on earth tht he wud assume tht he will play test cricket till 2013 total fun to watch

  • POSTED BY passionate_cricket_follower on | January 14, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    @donda: test cricket dead? test is the definition of cricket. T20 is baseball, and not cricket!

  • POSTED BY pritpalpabla on | January 14, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    You can't comment like that when there is an important test series going on and your team is at the back foot.....

  • POSTED BY andy1984 on | January 13, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Dhoni has been built up by the media. He was never a good test cricketer to begin with and even in one day internationals most of his success is at home. He is not an all time great ODI player like Ganguly or Tendulkar and as far as test matches go he would probably be one of the least talented players to captain India. I think it will be good for India if he quits. Looking at his struggles outside the subcontinent there is no guarantee that he will do well in the 2015 world cup in australia. People thought he was a better capatin than ganguly but alas he has not even turned out to be half as good as Ganguly.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | January 13, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    I think Kris Srikkanth has already told him so. This announcement is just to make things graceful. 'Dhoni quits Tests' is a better arrangement than 'Dhoni dropped from test team'. Seen these dramas many times.

  • POSTED BY RSBali on | January 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Don't worry you will be fired before 2013.

  • POSTED BY ab_cricket on | January 13, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Why the hell is Dhoni talking about 2013? His over confidence is showing. After this series I think the chairman of the selector should be the first person to visit him and make it clear that his place is under the scanner right away. I also think it does not matter to BCCI weather India win or loose in away series. They are happy with their IPL and flat pitch triumphs in India. This is so frustrating, BCCI is a sports body with no vision. If they dont take any lessons from the defeats from England and now Australia they will loose true fans of cricket, which they will repent 10 years down the line. Love of sport is lacking in BCCI.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | January 13, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    What a joke? He has decided about his retirement and you still allowing him to play, so just he can check that will he be good enough or not by 2 years? What if he wont be? Then the re-building process will start? How disgusting can you be? This is the limit....!

  • POSTED BY AhaanSM on | January 15, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I feel that Dhoni should first look at his form in 2012 and then decide what to do in 2013. If he does well then he can even play the 2015 WC. But now he is not in good form so he needs to concentrate on his batting and perhaps even on his captaincy.

  • POSTED BY RK.Chandru on | January 14, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    What give up???? Get lost from here Mr. Dhoni! You do not deserve to be in the team, denying more talented deserving men their chances. Captaincy or a place in the team is not your (or, anyone's) birth right. It has to be earned by merit. You lost it already Mr. MSD! Let the selectors be bold enough to drop non performers irrespective of how much is invested on them.

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    None was spared especially dhoni nd laxman, ppl were wondering hw on earth tht he wud assume tht he will play test cricket till 2013 total fun to watch

  • POSTED BY passionate_cricket_follower on | January 14, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    @donda: test cricket dead? test is the definition of cricket. T20 is baseball, and not cricket!

  • POSTED BY pritpalpabla on | January 14, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    You can't comment like that when there is an important test series going on and your team is at the back foot.....

  • POSTED BY andy1984 on | January 13, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Dhoni has been built up by the media. He was never a good test cricketer to begin with and even in one day internationals most of his success is at home. He is not an all time great ODI player like Ganguly or Tendulkar and as far as test matches go he would probably be one of the least talented players to captain India. I think it will be good for India if he quits. Looking at his struggles outside the subcontinent there is no guarantee that he will do well in the 2015 world cup in australia. People thought he was a better capatin than ganguly but alas he has not even turned out to be half as good as Ganguly.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | January 13, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    I think Kris Srikkanth has already told him so. This announcement is just to make things graceful. 'Dhoni quits Tests' is a better arrangement than 'Dhoni dropped from test team'. Seen these dramas many times.

  • POSTED BY RSBali on | January 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Don't worry you will be fired before 2013.

  • POSTED BY ab_cricket on | January 13, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Why the hell is Dhoni talking about 2013? His over confidence is showing. After this series I think the chairman of the selector should be the first person to visit him and make it clear that his place is under the scanner right away. I also think it does not matter to BCCI weather India win or loose in away series. They are happy with their IPL and flat pitch triumphs in India. This is so frustrating, BCCI is a sports body with no vision. If they dont take any lessons from the defeats from England and now Australia they will loose true fans of cricket, which they will repent 10 years down the line. Love of sport is lacking in BCCI.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | January 13, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    What a joke? He has decided about his retirement and you still allowing him to play, so just he can check that will he be good enough or not by 2 years? What if he wont be? Then the re-building process will start? How disgusting can you be? This is the limit....!

  • POSTED BY Raman01 on | January 13, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Dhoni is fit only for tamasha cricket like IPL. Dhoni, please retire from all form of cricket and focus on IPL and money.

  • POSTED BY Mdrifai on | January 13, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    It can be clearly seen where MSD's taking the indian test team with his stupid captaincy....the world cup was fine..but india played every match at home...he cannot forever bask in the glory of a world cup victory...he really has to stop playing tests coz hes not upto test match standards..thats why india could not sustain their no.1 ranking for long. Also worrying factor are the young batting stars...no one seems to be comfortable in the test arena...once the oldies are gone the batting looks worse than zimbabwe or bangladesh...

  • POSTED BY aahahaa on | January 13, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    the public and media has created a monster, making it hard for the selectors to drop him. a test place should not be taken for granted, how can someone whose performance as captain and batsman leaves much to be desired, at least in tests, hope to play for another 2 years and also pick his retirement date. pathetic. i am sure Ponting and Hussey would have been shown the door if they had performed poorly in this series.he is leading a side which is 2 nil down to arguably its fiercest rival and he is talking about his body holding up for wc 2015. sad.

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Its hard to believe a player lyk Dhoni is calling it so early beside all the three even four greats(Dravid,sachin,Sehwag,laxman). There is no doubt that Ganguly as a captain made the future of indian cricket but it was Dhoni who led this team from nothhing to something and even a worldcup I cant forget the moment Sreesanth taking the catch ,Dhoni holding the T20 worldcup,magical first time ever tri series win of India ever that too in Australia,and first time reaching the top mark in test cricket

  • POSTED BY Mid_Wicket on | January 13, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Dhoni should realize by now that he is not suitable for Tests. it always reflects by considering the no of wins he has been able to produce out side India. He and his team always struggle to compete in England, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka. His batting figures definitely shows his inability in Tests in recently concluded England tour and the current Australian tour. He may be ok with the ODIs but certainly not with Tests.

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Test team will require an overhaul after 2012. Expect Dravid to go first, then Tendulkar and its possible one of them loses form and is axed. As next test matches are all in subcontinent, I am sure three greats will take opportunities to make graceful exits and Dhoni will oversee that and by 2013 end he himself will leave captaincy (if he is captain by then) and play lesser and lesser tests.

  • POSTED BY King_Kathir on | January 13, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    It's not Dhoni to consider the early retirement, Definitely Sehwag should consider this early retirement option-

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    @Raj Pallasetty..Few to choose from . . Kohli, Raina, Rohit Sharma, Cheteswar Pujara, Rahane we have talent but they all need apply themselves in these conditions of test cricket.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | January 13, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    @Raj Pallasetty: The XI would be: Two of (Mukund, Sehwag, Gambhir), Rahane, Badrinath, Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, Ashwin, Ishant, Umesh. I have an issue with you calling them "greats". They knew that there are no away tours for two years after this tour. So, when they retire, the new players will have no exposure to these kind of pitches for two years. Needless to stay, the authors at cricinfo will hail them as superstars for their performances at home. And the captain then will be cherished like God. And then, when the first away tour happens, there will be a rude awakening.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    At present Dhoni is a liability to Indian team. His captaincy is under scrutiny. He is blocking chances of far better wicketkeeper batsmen. He must realize this. He must quit sooner than later.

  • POSTED BY theRule19 on | January 12, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    He should give up IPL and focus on ODI and Tests. In tests however, he should be playing but not as a captain. He is a good cricketer and looks like he has still lot of years left in him to play good test cricket and ofcourse he could continue T20 as a change and after retirement as most senior players do.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Dhoni is a Great guy and he has extraordinary qualities. I do not think anybody can play three roles (batsman, wicket keeper and captain) across the three formats for such a long time. My opinion is rather than him giving up a format now he should give up wicket keeping and concentrate more on the batting and his captaincy so that he can preserve a lot of energy. (like Sangakkara in Sri Lanka) and he can look forward to captianing the next world cup.

  • POSTED BY donda on | January 12, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Just keep on going man. and remember do not leave ODI and T20 for test cricket. Test cricket is dead. No need to put effort to play test cricket for ever as wicket keeper. India need Dhoni in ODI to defend WC 2015 . T2020 is for ever so he will play IPL and T2020I for ever.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    why are we discussing this? Maybe Dhoni was asked the question and needed to answer but its plain silly to discuss it. Its like someone mentioning in a press conference in 2012 that on 10-Sep-2014, he/she will forget to send a mail or file to someone else. Totally pointless. Dhoni may not be eligible to play for any form of cricket in 2015. He may be captain in all 3 forms (if he's still test captain in2015, hope that will be his 2nd term as test captain). Who cares... Let us get to the world cup and then see what the team will be.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Tell Me next india's Test XI after three greats retire....

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Give up wicket keeping in test format and some 20/20 matches and you'll be just fine.

  • POSTED BY mrcool on | January 12, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Dhoni knows till 2013 end there is no tour outside subcontinent..He got good brain.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    i believe dhoni is forced by bcci to play the ipl and the champions league, and that has led to slump in his form and he has got no time to improve his technique. he doesnt need to leave the format, he should give up ipl and other useless t 20s and go to nca an improve his technique, we cant find better captain than him at present, it would be a bad precedent for younsters if he leaves tests

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Tthese r all dhoni's theroies he just want to get rid of people angrer and india media. There are only two reasions behind his sucess first luck and the privilage to have player like sachin , dravid , gangooly and laxman in the team. He himself doesnt have any speciality. If one c his origin he is from business family i think he got what he wanted from cricket money and fame and now he wants to disembark from the boat when it is in the middle the sea.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Give up T20 and IPL. No need to give up Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY theRule19 on | January 12, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Really time has come for giving up tests for MS Dhonoi, because his work load is huge and the amount of pressure he is in is always overwhelming. He is a good T20 and ODI captain but for test, you need someone who is agressive as well as calm. Dhoni is more calm than aggressive. But it is time if he gives way for young players chances right now, then by 2015 WC he will have players who will be atleast ready to handle the pressure on the big stage. He should give up his gloves and see if he could bring in someone who is good himself. Test captaincy can be given to someone like Gambhir or Ashwin or be it anyone young. Two things will happen if you bring young face in captaincy, that is, he will fail more often than not but, it will give him enough exposure to succeed in the long run. Again, test cricket is the real cricket and that one who succeeds there, stands tall in all other formats of the game.

  • POSTED BY Universalthinker on | January 12, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Haaahaa..He is dreaming to be in team till 2013. Everyone supported him when he played well...now its time for him to step down as he is not performing. Maybe he would have realized it. Only non-performing Test cricket captain I have ever seen.All other Indian captains were good players and have good technique. He always cry for rest and do adds

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | January 12, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    I guess he is talking about retiring from tests - it is a shame that India place so little emphasis on the longer form of the game. Their choice though.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    he is a good man dhoni, i like his honesty, not many ppl say that my body wont be fit, i thnk he shud step down frm test captaincy, but the question is....who will be his replacement ??

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    salute Dhoni. he is thinking about India's future.he is not like selfish sachin, dravid and laxman who are playing for themselves not for India.

  • POSTED BY KricketWicket on | January 12, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Probably best for Dhoni and India if he calls it a day. He can always come to the world cup as a commentrator or something. Needs to improve his vocabulary and English quickly though.

  • POSTED BY cking on | January 12, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Dhoni should be a politician not cricketer as he knows exactly what move to make which benefit ONLY HIM and no one else

  • POSTED BY theswami on | January 12, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    There already is one ..... Dinesh karthik .....He is better than Dhoni even @ this moment ..... so its not Dhoni's choice, he'll be kicked out befre he times his exit ...... he is trying to do the honorable face-saving act, while also insuring his place till the 2015 WC with this interview

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | January 12, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I think that if Dhoni is to quit one format, it should be t20s. India has many t20 wicket- keeper batsmen in competition. Among the current keeper-batsmen in the world, Dhoni's performace is the 2nd best after Matt Prior. And India need a good and experienced captain for longer formats. It is much easier to captain a t20 team but very hard for tests.

  • POSTED BY Natx on | January 12, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I would say he better stand down as a test captain at the end of Aus tour and concentrate on WK and batting first. It's time India think of getting some stable test player as captain (give Laxman a chance before he quits, as he only plays tests) until mid 2013. Dravid and SRT has to retire after Aus tests as they have nothing to give to Indian test cricket any more at 39 plus there is no overseas trips of signifiance until 2013. Get Pujara in for Dravid and Rohit in for SRT. Kohli/Tiwary should be on stand by for tests as they keep maturing to play long innings consistently first on ODI's. That way one of these young lads can be the vice captain and learn the game first. Fire both shewag and gambhir (they are out of form for ages on tests) and get Mukhund and Jaffer/Rahane for a year or two. Parthiv is ok for home tests and consider Dinesh Karthik for overseas trips. He has taken some excellent catches/stumpings and also did very well with bat on the English tour of 2007.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | January 12, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    People asking Dhoni to quit IPL instead, I suppose, are ready to start a fund and donate their earnings for Dhoni's future. And they would ask Sachin to quit Mumbai Indians and focus on his 100th 100 as well, I suppose? Those comparing him with Dada should realize that Dada had a relatively younger batting side, as opposed to a creaking old side that seems to have no intention of making way for fresher talent or justify their own place. Those asking him to step down from captaincy right away need to wake up and think who can replace him. This man is realistic about his future, and realistic about his technical limitations as well, as opposed to certain players who will play "as long as they enjoy playing cricket" (hint: player A: name starts with sa and ends with hin, player B: name starts with dr and ends with vid, player C: name starts with la and ends with man)

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | January 12, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    @ - VikkuVinakaram - When will you people will stop talking about numbers and stats? Get a life for Christ Sake.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | January 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    2013? Why not now, so that we can groom a new young captain? I also heard next 2 years India will only play home series? So by the time 2013 or 14 will arrive he will leave the team and then all of a sudden for nest overseas tours India will opt for a new captain? Wow what a plan...come 2015 yet another 4-0 whitewash in SA, ENG, AUS, and NZ too.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    i wish dhoni to play for all formats up to 2013. after that dhoni should quit for test serious. and cooncetrate on t20's, odi's. and he should play for 2015 world cup.because if dhoni retired a new wicket kepper will come. again he will take so much time settle. at same time world up came. it is very difficult for india . so dhoni should play for world cup. dhoni can handle the pressure.

  • POSTED BY svel on | January 12, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    we will not have a worthy captain as dhoni if he quits tests.. no one except dhoni has the capacity to lead the team currently..

  • POSTED BY lgnandan on | January 12, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Clark has retired from 20 20's to improve his Test skills. But Dhoni is other way round! The future generation of India might follow him by giving up longer formats. In India we may not get players to play Test cricket. A cricketer should enjoy and cherish playing Test formats for his country. It is the classic format of Cricket. But Dhoni is leaving a bad precedence for future generations in India. He could give up 20 20's like Clark but he is more concerned about 20 20's rather than Test. IPL is going to ruin cricket in India especially the Test format.

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | January 12, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I think he should give up his wicket keeping, not a game format. India should think about using his abilities as a batsman and may be also the bowler in him. Wicket keeping should go to a young person.

  • POSTED BY DAHSUT on | January 12, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    GREAT NEWS HOPE HE RETIRES TOMORROW FROM ALL FORMATS OF THE GAME IT COULD IMPROVE INDIAS CHANCE OF WINNING IN AUSTRALIA.SOMEONE MORE CAPABLE ATLEAST COULD PLAY INSTEAD OF SUCH A USELESS CRICKETER

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Dhoni is too young for discuss such things about his own future. I think he could be hinting at Dravid and Tendulkar. Because if it is true that Dhoni is worring about his retirement plans at 30, then it is high time that Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar think about hanging their boots.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | January 12, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    pretty easy choice - one can be pretty sure that he will quit tests, continue with ODIs and his money honey IPL!

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    As all we know he will take a conscious decision. Don't judge by one or two series. We all take the players on the top one day and drop from them immediately. Let us all forget he is also a human being. He has done a lot to Team India by captaining the team.

  • POSTED BY raghu36 on | January 12, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Dhoni's golden days are over.........he's certainly not a great captain.......captaincy in overseas needs some special skill n he doesn't have it..........without captaincy dhoni is a kind of waste to the indian test team....

  • POSTED BY RogerC on | January 12, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    People don't remember how much workload this guy carries. Captain, batsman and wicketkeeper in 3 formats plus IPL. No cricketer in the world needs to do this much of work. He has done that for 3 years without much rest, and achieved quite a lot. He needs to be listened to by selectors before he is completely drained.

  • POSTED BY Sano27 on | January 12, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Good decision....he might be a good player in ODI & T20 format....but technical wise he is very poor.....Parthiv is a better batsman than Dhoni in test format....recent tours just showed his weakness as captain too.....also sure that the IPL factor also influenced his decision....well done Dhoni!!!

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | January 12, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Its obvious it will be test cricket. He had a chance to be considered a great but possibly not now.

  • POSTED BY cricket_pak419 on | January 12, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Why is he telling peole now that he might retire from a format by the end of 2013 when that is 2 years of time. Insia cricket is very confusing. You win world cup but get whitewash by english teams. Unbelievable!

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    but who will replace him? this is a big question.................I think india will not have such a great captain

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | January 12, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    He saying that he will give up one format more likely test. Its Funny he is dreaming of winning World Cup in Australia. Sorry to remind him he is playing in Australia. For sake of cricket he should give up every format.

  • POSTED BY crikbuff on | January 12, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Pls retire now! India needs someone dedicated to test cricket. If ur interested in IPL, pls focus on that and don't bother about playing for India

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    As an English fan, I think Dhoni have done wonders for India cricket, winning the World Cup, reached no 1 in the Test rankings, playing with players who have more appearances than Dhoni himself and yet he has surpassed himself. He should get some respect for that. Perhaps, he feels that India need some changes, sooner than later, in all formats of cricket, perhaps some kind of freshening up the teams in all formats before it is too late, I do not think it will not do any harm in doing so.

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | January 12, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Guys guys, give him a break, please. A number of comments here seem to suggest that our team is better off without him. In tests, he might not be an automatic choice, but his record is not that poor. In one-days, he is one of India's best and reliable batsmen. His average is over 50 after nearly 200 games and his strike rate is among the best (89). He has played a number of match-winning knocks and under him, India has performed consistenly in all formats (notwithstanding the England tour). Australia tour is not yet over. Lets back him and the team.

  • POSTED BY LuvThyGame on | January 12, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    agree with all comments.. he should retire from Tests.. he is not the same batsman in this format..nor are his keeping skills good enough to stay sharp for 5 days.. add to that the captaincy burden.. in 2 years i hope virat kohli develops into a future leader and then dhoni can take rest ...

  • POSTED BY asif3k on | January 12, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I cant understand y u all hate MSD.........HE is a great player in all formats and greatest finisher in cricet.....as a captain ther will be succes(NO.1 in test) and will be failure(england whitewash and now aus 2-0)...................Now he is experiencing failure...

  • POSTED BY Avidcricketlover on | January 12, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    That's a good sign. He was never a test material and will never be. But do we really have any replacements ? Certainly no at the moment but at least we can try with a few before settling for someone.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    I guess Dhoni like as always diplomatically drifting the talk about India's performance in Australia or may there is actually some rift in Team India ???... But rightly it has to be coz we have fared very poorly and now i can proudly say that no doubt dhoni better odi and t20 captain but our very own DADA a better fighter and overseas captain again. Dhoni has a huge fan following so i guess he should learn from Clarke and set up an example to indian upcoming cricketrs that test should be the priority not entertaining t20

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | January 12, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Well he's not a good Test captain but is good shorter format captain. He also plays better in the short formats (both batting and wicketkeeping). So the choice in that sense seems obvious. The question is who will replace him as wicketkeeper (Patel? Saha?) but the even more problematic question is who will replace him as captain? Can't give it to Sehwag because he's too old. Can't give it to Gambhir because his place in the side is now shaky. Can't give it to Kohli or Rohit Sharma! None of the bowlers have their spots secure too.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | January 12, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Yes he is only 30 but he knows his body and his capability more than others.. He is continuously playing every format as he is the captain and takes less rest.. The amount of cricket he is playing is just insane.. No one ll be missing IPL/CLT20 unless they need a public image like "COUNTRY FIRST".. Clarke and Johnson did it because they badly need it.. Clarke wouldn't have qualified to play in T20 version itself.. He saved someones money actually.. Dhoni can well continue to play the ODI format.. He an take breaks from other formats a bit.. If his replacement doesnt perform well, he can be given a comeback..

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    I think it's high time that india brings in new lot of players. The clock has reached the end of road for Dravid's, Luxman's, Tendulkar's and probably a few more.

    If india wants to keep itself right at the very top of lists, it has to produce bowler friendly pitches back home and promote fast bowling. They are population of over 1.5 billion people and yet not a single fast bowler in hands. That's pretty awful.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | January 12, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    How presumptuous !!! By the sounds of those comments, Dhoni's already decided that the choice is his to make, i.e. his position in all three formats is secure. A few more failures at test level and he may well find the choice will be made for him.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    2013 is long way mate start thinking it very next day...

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Good riddance in tests. However I would prefer him to play but not as a captain.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Yh please go from our test team :(

    You are spoiling our test status with your poor captiancy 2013 is too far..so please go now from the test team :/

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | January 12, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    If Dhoni is really committed to Ind cricket, he should skip IPL T20 format & prolong his playing career for the sake of the country. Can he do it ?????

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | January 12, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    tough period for Dhoni, one he's probably not experienced before. Emphasises where India's priorities lie though - limited overs cricket

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | January 12, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    As an India fan, in view of the current poor show by our team, I am losing interest in Tests. What a yawn over 5 days. India should just quit Test matches and let other countries play Tests. There should be a separation in ICC for a Test league which can be separately funded by other countries.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Dhoni is not a test batsmen, he is a one day specialist. He should retire from tests and concentrate on ODI and T20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY cricinfo_hero on | January 12, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni first of ur not a batsmen who is technically fit. u r just fit to play gully cricket & to be very honest u have played only one innings of ur life from the day ur playing for india that is world cup final & rest all ur achievements are due to the efforts of other players in team u r a captain who wants other to do the thing u cant lead from the front like our dada learn from him k and plz retire as soon as possible so other players can get der chance n quit test first coz nowhere u can be taken as a test batsmen n for that ur records speak in test hope u got my point. one more thing win at least the rem 2 test matches to save the pride of india.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    That is a matured way of addressing an issue, however I wonder whether he will switch of his brain while captaining the team in the middle.

  • POSTED BY nidursiraj on | January 12, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Surprise! It is too early to decide about 2015 world cup for Dhoni. We all hope and believe Dhoni will be as fit as of now. God Bless Team India!

  • POSTED BY Shhy on | January 12, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    What nonsense?? he is jus 30 and talking about retirement and he is doubtful whether he can play the next WC.. whereas players at 35 and 36 are aiming for the 2015 world cup.. Something has happened to him.. Maybe he is not enjoying the game anymore..

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Good decision.He is nowhere Near to Dada..He should hand over his captaincy to virat Kohli if India are to win WC 2015

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | January 12, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Well.. Dhoni is the most successful captain of India in terms of results.. But at the same time, he is the worst in tests too.. The team did reach No.1 under his captaincy but there are many blots in his test portfolio.. Even in T20's too.. Tests had failure to complete the matches in NZ and WI where we could have won the series with a better margin which would have instilled more confidence in the team.. Worst performance in England and Australia.. While he was captain of T20 win, the next two were not een competitive.. But both his batting and records in ODI are really excellent.. He is the best finisher in ODIs probably in the world now.. He could well concentrate on ODI alone leaving the tests and T20's.. But no captain does it usually..

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Make this series 2-2 Dhoni.. People all over the world will respect you for your fighting skills and you will get your Mr. Cool and dependable captain tag back.. All the best for perth and 4th test.

  • POSTED BY VikkuVinakaram on | January 12, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Dhoni bashers should only look at the following numbers to appreciate how much of load Dhoni has been under ... but we are Indian fans arent we (read unreasonable) who cares ... <quote>Dhoni has captained India in 36 Tests. No other wicketkeeper has captained a side in more than 16 Tests. Dhoni has captained in 175 games across formats. The next highest is Kumar Sangakkara, with 66. <unquote>

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | January 12, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    The whole of India must be praying that he changes his mind and gives up test cricket sooner than the end of 2013

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 12, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    DHONI is much more comfortable with T20 and ODI formats. India should start looking at a new captain for tests from after this series. Its hard work keeping wicket, captaining and also trying to bat in tests - hence I think is the result of Indias failures. Thus a specialist wicky is needed for tests ASAP.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    2013 would be too late. He should quit tests right now to have some respite for indian team.

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | January 12, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    No doubt he's beginning to feel the pinch. The honeymoon period ended after the world cup and I think England and Australia have worn Dhoni down. It's a hard life being the Indian captain, win one day and you become a god and lose the next day and everyone wants your head. I've been bemused to see how many people have been laying the blame on Dhoni, his captaincy, field placements, bowler selection and everything else related to MS Dhoni. Nobody bothered to mention that he played very maturely under the pump during India's poor first innings effort in Sydney. I do feel for him but accept that the Indian captaincy comes with all this furore and undoubtedly, it can be overwhelming for an individual. I do hope he continues for as long as possible, he has been a terrific cricketer to watch and this is coming from an Australian fan. I've enjoyed how dynamic he is as a batsman and as a captain. If he does choose to give a format up, I'm quite certain he wouldn't hesitate to give up tests

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | January 12, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Please just retire from test matches, it is not your cup of tea.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | January 12, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Dravid kept wickets and batted in the top six in the 2003 world cup at the age of 32. MSD is showing signs of disinterest in international cricket(read Test matches)at the age of 30. What the priorities of Kohlis,Rainas,Manish Pandey etc will be? BLEAK BLEAK BLEAK is the future of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY stalefresh on | January 12, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    is he really talking about world cup 2015 in the middle of a test tour? I don't think this guy likes test cricket or rather understands it. I am one of his fan's but such things get to me. Even if he was asked this question, he should have shrugged it off.

  • POSTED BY crikbuff on | January 12, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Why not give up IPL? That way you will be able to save yourself and give your best for India...

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    To me He should make that decision now itself... before it is too late.!!!!

  • POSTED BY xylo on | January 12, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Isn't this old news? I saw a similar report at the start of the Australia tour.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    he's not a test player anyway, glad that he's realizing it, btw india hold no chance to defend the world cup in 2015, pakisthan or aussie will win it surely,

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Where we can see a Captain saying like this.Great Man

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | January 12, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    He is good captain but have resource not in form to win matches.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 12, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Any bets on Dhoni retiring in Tests, & playing ODIs & T20s?????????

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | January 12, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Anyway the worldcup 2015 will not be played in India so why bother.

  • POSTED BY ashish_gajjar on | January 12, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    dhoni should retire from test and dhoni continue to play odi and t20... your the one of the best captain of team india and best of luck for future

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Please give up Test cricket. Anyway you do not have it in you to play Test cricket. Why 2013, do it now...

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I think that in a couple of series time, Dhoni will slowly come to grips with the reality that he is not that good a test player. I remember Parthiv Patel was a pretty good wicketkeeper batsmen during that series down under in 03-04 where India actually drew against the mighty Aussies. He did play a few useful knocks. Maybe he can be a good replacement for Dhoni in the longer format. No one questions Dhoni's ability in ODIs. In fact, he might be one of the greatest ODI players in the past few years. The test team needs a complete overhaul. Zaheer Khan, Sachin and Dravid seems to be the only players worthy of being in the team right now!

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  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I think that in a couple of series time, Dhoni will slowly come to grips with the reality that he is not that good a test player. I remember Parthiv Patel was a pretty good wicketkeeper batsmen during that series down under in 03-04 where India actually drew against the mighty Aussies. He did play a few useful knocks. Maybe he can be a good replacement for Dhoni in the longer format. No one questions Dhoni's ability in ODIs. In fact, he might be one of the greatest ODI players in the past few years. The test team needs a complete overhaul. Zaheer Khan, Sachin and Dravid seems to be the only players worthy of being in the team right now!

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Please give up Test cricket. Anyway you do not have it in you to play Test cricket. Why 2013, do it now...

  • POSTED BY ashish_gajjar on | January 12, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    dhoni should retire from test and dhoni continue to play odi and t20... your the one of the best captain of team india and best of luck for future

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | January 12, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Anyway the worldcup 2015 will not be played in India so why bother.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 12, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Any bets on Dhoni retiring in Tests, & playing ODIs & T20s?????????

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | January 12, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    He is good captain but have resource not in form to win matches.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Where we can see a Captain saying like this.Great Man

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    he's not a test player anyway, glad that he's realizing it, btw india hold no chance to defend the world cup in 2015, pakisthan or aussie will win it surely,

  • POSTED BY xylo on | January 12, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Isn't this old news? I saw a similar report at the start of the Australia tour.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    To me He should make that decision now itself... before it is too late.!!!!