India news January 12, 2012

Dhoni could give up a format in 2013


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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  • Ahaan 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.

  • RK 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Swapnoneel on January 14, 2012, 7:32 GMT

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

  • Pritpal 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.....

  • Anand 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.

  • TR 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.

  • Raminder on January 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Don't worry you will be fired before 2013.

  • ANUDEEP 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.

  • Kavin 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....!

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