India news March 6, 2012

Kohli's elevation shouldn't dispirit Gambhir - Dravid

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Rahul Dravid has said the selectors' decision to appoint Virat Kohli as India's vice-captain for the Asia Cup is a just reward for the Delhi batsman, who was the only India player to hit a century on the tour to Australia - he had scored one hundred apiece in the Test and one-day series. At the same time, Dravid pointed out that Gautam Gambhir, who was earmarked as a future captain by the selectors in the past, should not be discouraged by Kohli's elevation.

"He [Kohli] has had a great tour of Australia. He has done incredibly well in the Tests and in the ODIs. The selectors have given him a bit of reward," Dravid said in Mumbai, at an event organised by his IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals. "Having said that, Virat is the first to recognise that he has got to establish himself to go a step further. I think we know from the past that by just being the vice-captain, you are not going to be the next captain. [And so] I feel people like Gautam shouldn't feel left out. But at the moment Dhoni is doing a good job, so you don't need to look anywhere else."

Dravid, who was a part of the two teams that suffered whitewashes in the Test series in Australia and before that in England, said that the poor results were "really tough" on the players, who always entered the field with just one thought: "to win". "First England and then Australia - we suffered that string of losses on both the tours and believe me, we feel very deeply about it," Dravid said.

The lack of big innings from Sachin Tendulkar was not a concern, Dravid said. Tendulkar, for the first time in five tours to Australia, did not score a ton, leading to much speculation regarding the pressure on him as he continues to search for his 100th international century. He has now gone 32 innings without a hundred, the last time he got to the landmark being against South Africa in the World Cup a year ago.

"Having shared the dressing-room with Sachin, I don't think Sachin himself is thinking about it [scoring the 100th century]," Dravid said. "Every time, a batsman wants to go out and score a century to help the team win. It [the landmark] will happen.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

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  • Des_65 on March 7, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Rooboy: given 21 have come against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kenya and Namibia. These are 4 teams. Other 78 have come against the mighty Aus, SA, Eng, WI, Pak, SL & NZ (7 teams). 78/7 > 21/4; so what's your point?

  • Empty-Sequence on March 7, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    As a Indian the future of cricket looks quite doom. Oldies are in the team for their Personal records, Captain have no interest in Test matches, Intermediates are living in their past glory+have no clue on how to play overseas, Youngsters not getting enough chances ,No Fast bowling talent, No quality Spinning, No allrounders, Selectors prime concern-Not to lose on Flat tracks, BCCI-IPL, Still fans are not ready to Admit it.

  • A.Ak on March 7, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Statistically, Kholi is the only other batsman to score a hundred in a away test in the past three away tours, Dravid is the other one, as usual. Lack of score from other batsman is the reason behind this poor performance. Bowlers did well though.

  • rsurya on March 7, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    One series you say we have seniors in the team so we can't win, when they go out you will say there is no seniors in the team so we lose. Until you find the right reason you can't win dominantly. See the captaincy of Mahela even if he lose its worth watching.

  • Thyagu5432 on March 7, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Virat has been a great match winner in ODIs for India. He has scored so many centuries for winning cause. The only issue is, this is his first success overseas. He didn't do well in WI, not in England and so should have waited a little longer before he was handed the VC.

  • woodhaven on March 7, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    kohli is a average cricketer. shakib, umar akmal, chandimal are 1000 times better than kohli

  • sherishahmir on March 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Dravid is a true legend from India, no doubt that the 8 test defeats in the presence of Sachin, Rahul, Laxman, Shewag, Gambir & Dhoni is heart breaking for Indian fans and proving the critics that above great bats can play only in Indian grounds and against the big sides of Australia,England & South Africa they simply failed characters. Cricket is a fast moving game and the Indian team has to forget this past performance and should learn from England that after being whitewashed from Pak how they performed in ODI and T20, so team india should also work on their weakness, bring new players and they have the potential to perform better in future under Dhoni leadership.Dhoni captaincy is still marvellous, he is a cool and down to earth crickter and should be retained as captain for his spelendid services of past performances.

  • on March 7, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    This is wat called as rousing the spirits of gambhir to create further controversies..lol!

  • stalefresh on March 7, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Dhoni is doing a good job? He must be watching some other game. Look, I have utmost respect for Dravid and all other oldies but at least call it as you see it. Dhoni does not understand test cricket.

  • Rooboy on March 7, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    I have the utmost respect for Rahul Dravid, but I have difficulty believing his statement that 'I don't think Sachin himself is thinking about it [scoring the 100th century]'. Tendulkar played quite well early on in the tour of Aus but he tightened up palpably and changed his approach on the occassions he approached a century. He's choked in the 90s several times against other teams recently too. I also saw things quite out of character, like shaking his head and carrying on after correctly being given out lbw in the fourth test. As an outsider it seems that this '100th 100' (which is a contrived figure anyway, given 21 have come against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kenya and Namibia) is having a huge effect, and it's making it harder to deny he's selfish and not team oriented.

  • Des_65 on March 7, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Rooboy: given 21 have come against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kenya and Namibia. These are 4 teams. Other 78 have come against the mighty Aus, SA, Eng, WI, Pak, SL & NZ (7 teams). 78/7 > 21/4; so what's your point?

  • Empty-Sequence on March 7, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    As a Indian the future of cricket looks quite doom. Oldies are in the team for their Personal records, Captain have no interest in Test matches, Intermediates are living in their past glory+have no clue on how to play overseas, Youngsters not getting enough chances ,No Fast bowling talent, No quality Spinning, No allrounders, Selectors prime concern-Not to lose on Flat tracks, BCCI-IPL, Still fans are not ready to Admit it.

  • A.Ak on March 7, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Statistically, Kholi is the only other batsman to score a hundred in a away test in the past three away tours, Dravid is the other one, as usual. Lack of score from other batsman is the reason behind this poor performance. Bowlers did well though.

  • rsurya on March 7, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    One series you say we have seniors in the team so we can't win, when they go out you will say there is no seniors in the team so we lose. Until you find the right reason you can't win dominantly. See the captaincy of Mahela even if he lose its worth watching.

  • Thyagu5432 on March 7, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Virat has been a great match winner in ODIs for India. He has scored so many centuries for winning cause. The only issue is, this is his first success overseas. He didn't do well in WI, not in England and so should have waited a little longer before he was handed the VC.

  • woodhaven on March 7, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    kohli is a average cricketer. shakib, umar akmal, chandimal are 1000 times better than kohli

  • sherishahmir on March 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Dravid is a true legend from India, no doubt that the 8 test defeats in the presence of Sachin, Rahul, Laxman, Shewag, Gambir & Dhoni is heart breaking for Indian fans and proving the critics that above great bats can play only in Indian grounds and against the big sides of Australia,England & South Africa they simply failed characters. Cricket is a fast moving game and the Indian team has to forget this past performance and should learn from England that after being whitewashed from Pak how they performed in ODI and T20, so team india should also work on their weakness, bring new players and they have the potential to perform better in future under Dhoni leadership.Dhoni captaincy is still marvellous, he is a cool and down to earth crickter and should be retained as captain for his spelendid services of past performances.

  • on March 7, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    This is wat called as rousing the spirits of gambhir to create further controversies..lol!

  • stalefresh on March 7, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Dhoni is doing a good job? He must be watching some other game. Look, I have utmost respect for Dravid and all other oldies but at least call it as you see it. Dhoni does not understand test cricket.

  • Rooboy on March 7, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    I have the utmost respect for Rahul Dravid, but I have difficulty believing his statement that 'I don't think Sachin himself is thinking about it [scoring the 100th century]'. Tendulkar played quite well early on in the tour of Aus but he tightened up palpably and changed his approach on the occassions he approached a century. He's choked in the 90s several times against other teams recently too. I also saw things quite out of character, like shaking his head and carrying on after correctly being given out lbw in the fourth test. As an outsider it seems that this '100th 100' (which is a contrived figure anyway, given 21 have come against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kenya and Namibia) is having a huge effect, and it's making it harder to deny he's selfish and not team oriented.

  • fudgys11 on March 7, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    I have the highest regard for RD for his batting and composure while doing so. But saying 'Dhoni is doing a good job ' is too much . You have just been whitewashed 8-0 in test and nearly similar in One dayers and somebody is doing a good job. This doesnt happen when a good job is done. In corporate world Dhoni would have been sacked by now. YOu have got to change the leader and some of the team. We have been again given - the samef captain and a similar team . Who will pay for the damages . Even the Selectors should be accountable. They need to go. The Coach too , since he's made no contribution at all. We are taking things too many things for granted including Indian public. There is no point in doing things in a similar way when its not working . You need to do things differently for different results.

  • on March 7, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Sorry Dravid, I have utmost respect for you. But I cannot agree with you that the Indian players' only thought is "to win". You would be the first one to concede that it's not even the first thought. What's with the perennial satisfaction to play out draws per draws. The timid number of test series in which you have won multiple matches should bear a testament to that.

  • praveenchopra on March 7, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    there are important foreign tours scheduled in 2015,so dravid and srt should play atleast till 2015,so the youngsters can learn from their experience,now its too risky to give opportunities to youngsters

  • here2rock on March 7, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    By supporting their captain Dhoni, Dravid and the rest of the oldies can continue to play for India till their pension start at 60 years of age!

  • Romenevans on March 7, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Dhoni, Sehwag, Gambhir all 3 are rotten apples in the team. And it started to stink badly now...

  • D.Sharma on March 7, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    @Manhar-Toronto.. why would Dravid be jealous of Sachin? More like the other way around as Dravid has played when the chips are down more times than Tendulkar. You are another statistics lover.

  • Imad_K on March 6, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    Kohli was the only Indian batsman that didn't look out of place against the Aussies whereas nearly all the other Indian batsmen struggled against the bounce and the pace. Gambhir has a big problem playing against good quick bowlers on bouncy tracks which he needs to sort out. Also, the Indians should thank their lucky stars that the main Australian bowlers were injured otherwise the thrashing would have been much worse.

  • here2rock on March 6, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Nampally it is never going to happen that selectors are going to get rid of Dhoni as a captain. Sri Lanka has been lucky that they are not playing on juicy and green wickets. However I do agree with your that India lacked intent and attitude shown by Sri Lanka. Maybe the attitude of Virat Kholi in his batting can be transformed into a leadership role. India was too afraid to fail and lose which they did very well in the end. India will be playing in India and on sub continent pitches for a while where they perform very well so his captaincy may not come under the scanner so much. At the end of this period Dhoni will retire from test matches, that is smart!

  • street_smart on March 6, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Yes, Dhoni is doing a great job currently which no other captain could ever do. Whitewash after whitewash....

  • on March 6, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    The seniors should be given 1 more home series then call it a day.

  • hhillbumper on March 6, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Lets face it.There just isn't that much talent in that team.Play in Asia where you are semi decent and see what happens when you play a decent team. White wash again

  • on March 6, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Keep this team as is, you will see more white washes. Why don't you realise that you guys are getting older. New blood is badly needed. Look at the Sri Lankan team these people have almost over come the loss of Murli. You are giving a cut of sorry figure and I am sure now you keep on giving such apologies.

  • Manhar-Toronto on March 6, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    In Multan on March 2004, when Dravid was standing in as captain for an injured Sourav Ganguly. Dravid (on Ganguly's gesture) declared first innings at the point when SRT was at 194 with 16 overs remaining on second day. Dravid and Ganguly are the great players but they have jealousy towards SRT. Shut up Dravid, you are not qualified to talk about Sachin's milestone.

  • CaughtAndBowled on March 6, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    It does not matter who is the vice captain as I never seen Dhoni consulting with his deputies. May be he does in the dressing room but going by what I had seen on the pitch, I don't think Vice captain means much.

    Gambhir, chin up lad. It is matter of one good innings at the last possible innings from you and you will be back as Vice captain. After all, not much of thought goes in selecting vice captain but the selectors.

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    India won the world cup was just a fluke and getting whitewashed is the reality. They are very much dependent on Sachin. They are always good in their own soil. Not expecting anything special from India in the Asia cup as Sri Lankans are already showing what they are capable of. Best of luck to Team India.

  • Nampally on March 6, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    I personally do not think being a vice captain to Dhoni is a promotion.Dhoni's brand of captaincy is unacceptable & he shoulod have been replaced as a minimum, after his 2 disasterous 4-0 white wahes both in England & in Australia.Only one thing is clear, Kohli has his own opinions & he will make them clear to Dhoni in no uncertain terms in his own language.SL Board & the Selectors deal with a failed captian by replacing him + firing the coach. Why doesn't BCCI & the Indian Selectors do the same? The reasons are obvious!. This lethargic attitude led to India shellacked by an average Aussie bowling. The very same Aussie bowling was taken to cleaners by the SL team under a new dynamic captain, Mahela Jayawardane. SL performance turned overnight after their dismal show in England & SA under this new Leader.

  • maddinson on March 6, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Its time for Dravid to retire, he is continuously struggling in last 4-5 years exception of a England series.

  • Arshad_786 on March 6, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Dravid if you have not decided to retire yet, please retire. You have been one of the best test players India ever produced. It was so sad to see you getting bowled so many times in Australia. You have done it all. Leave before you are pushed out. Don't lose your self respect, please.

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    I believe all seniors have specific goals in mind about when they want to retire... here is my take on it...

    Zaheer- As long as he can bowl faster than Kumble and Ventakesh Prasad Sehwag- As soon as he realises luck has completely deserted him! Laxman- As long as Eden gardens is a test venue Dravid- Just wants to score one century after Tendulkar retires so that his century is not overshadowed by almighty's presence

    And Finally... Sachin- He just wants to open a single ODI innings with Arjun(his son)

  • zico123 on March 6, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    i totally agree with Dravid, that Gambhir shouldn't take offence from this, rather he has to realize what he did was wrong, u can not get away if u r non-cooperative to your captain, i felt he underperformed deliberately in England and Australia so that Dhoni loses series as captain, and then captaincy might come his way, unfortunately it doesn't work like that, u don't get rewarded for underperforming, rather get rewarded for performing, what Kohli got. what Gambhir should do now is forget completely about captaincy greed, focus solely on batting and fielding, start hitting tons after tons again in ODI and Test how he did in 2008-09, then sooner or later captaincy will come his way, but not like what he was doing offlet. more than captaincy he should try to win back ICC best Test cricketer of the year award, currently he is wasting his talent, 2/3 of his career is over and he had only 1 fruitful year, he should start rectifying this if he wants to be a known as a great player

  • hawkeye30 on March 6, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Dravid is a great asset to the game of cricket. One of the best test batsmen around. I am Sri Lankan and I think his personality is so refreshing. Kudos to him!

  • hawkeye30 on March 6, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Dravid is a great asset to the game of cricket. One of the best test batsmen around. I am Sri Lankan and I think his personality is so refreshing. Kudos to him!

  • Sunil_Canada on March 6, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    So far Gambhir, like Kohli, plays all forms of the game. Is Kohli going to be captain when Dhoni steps down as captain from one or all forms. I am all for giving opportunity to youngsters; Kohli is a proven good player but he has a long way to go to become captain. He needs to learn to manage his temper. I am sure he will become captain one day. I would rather have Gambhir as vice captain and when Gambhir became captain Kohli could be vice captain or even captain in one form of the game and go from there. Sorry, Rahul I don't agree with you. I know you, SRT and VVS can make few more runs & win few test matches for India. But time has come for younsters to slowly take over. I would rather see young team losing, learn & build than a team with 3 greats losing. You 3 have done so much for India, please realize you cannot play forever. Let us give you a very respectable farewell. It would be heartbroken if you all are scratched. You should leave on your terms. Thanks Rahul.

  • Raj12345 on March 6, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Nothing wrong about indian failure. I would say as a unit, it didn't click well. If we get another opp, we might do well on Eng & Aus surfaces.

    This unit did great job in ODI against SL - that is a classic example. Will find rhythm soon.

  • cram2jam on March 6, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Simple solution to test losses. Change the 90s coach Duncan Fletcher with someone more suited to the modern game. I know players are the ones that need to perform, but a team at No1 position just one year ago can not become so bad in a matter of months. The only big change: the coach

    Virat Kohli would be shoe-ed in as next captain, if Dhoni's miserable run continues for another series

  • TRAM on March 6, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Captain or vice-captain discussion comes only if a player is assured of his place in the 15 member squad. Gambhir fails way too many times to stake such claim. Currently Consistent performance-wise, Kholi is the only member who can claim his spot one or two more series to come. Not even Dhoni !

  • Philip_Gnana on March 6, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Kholi has always been a leader. His qualities show through. Having come through the ranks he has been an outstanding cricketer. Will not take defeat as an answer. This is the spirit that is required from all cricketers. He will be the ideal foil for Dhoni, who is the cool headed captain. Kholi will set the stalls so that the others can follow. Many a test team will want to have a player of Kholi's calibre. Liked him in the youth team when Angelo Mathews was the SL leader then. Well done India. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • pr3m on March 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Everybody who's anybody can tell how much pressure Sachin feels, just by looking at the way he goes about his game as soon as he nears the landmark. If that's not pressure talking, what gives? He's been in very good nick in some games and has sleepwalked to his fifty.

    Back to topic, does Kohli deserve a 'reward' for doing what was expected of every player? A reward that could potentially upset the team welfare and hurt egos? I agree with him being made vice captain, like Anshuman Gaekwad said somewhere else, Gambhir is as old as Dhoni and Sehwag was never captaincy material. Raina should never be back in the Test squad, so that leaves you with one option only.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 6, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Yes, it is time for the seniors to bow out in style. I still cannot understand why SRT after the WC win did not retire from ODI's. One should learnt o bow out when you are on top. Their presence is affecting the team, the youngsters and the fans. Pl go out in grace with your head held high

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Dravid is a gentleman cricketer, but does not have the sense of the right time for retirement. He should have retired from test cricket at the time when he was dropped from the one day team. I do not remember Dravid playing any significant role in the last three, or at least two years in test cricket except the England series where he was the most successful or may be the only successful Indian batsman, but that performance was futile as England whitewashed India in four match test series. In that sense, Rahul Dravid had little role to play in India's test fortunes in the last couple of years. Dravid would have been remembered as a greater player had he retired in the year 2008. He would have also ended up with the highest test average by an Indian test batsman. Now, he has more number of runs and 100's, but his reputation has certainly come down. And his comment about Sachin is diplomatic and given with an intention to support Sachin. Sachin is in fact thinking about the 100th 100.

  • Lakhbir on March 6, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Team india is going through a bad face but we have the same players who won us world cup . . .but now it seems that some thing is wrong with the selectors especilly k shikant . . . .first dropped HARBAJAN SINGH and now SHEWAG . . . .playrs like raina , jadaja , rohit is still in team with their poor run in the team and the shoot selection of these batsmans are like gully cricketers. . . .

  • abyrao on March 6, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Dravid is one of the greatest Indian Batsman but his leadership was the worst. Attribute that to Greg Chappell mainly. Also Tendulkar was left stranded on 194 in Pakistan due to Dravids stupid decision to declare. So its better he should not comment on Kohli or Gambhir or whatever. This topic was unwarranted and he has given the Indian media another spicy story to get their TRPs up.

  • Dev9212 on March 6, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Its hard not to respect someone like Dravid. I totally agree what he said about Kohli and I personally feel that selectors where rude towards Gambhir.

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Who else can put a complex issue so simply ? Dravid as always is the inspiration to the youngsters of the team.

  • Aju.Nair on March 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Dravid-Sachin-Lakshman should be given one more chance ..After serving this much years dropping one of them sounds really bad...Lakshman should be given 1 more series and allow him to retire in a good manner..By the time Yuvi will be back...Again watch the performance by Dravid in next series and take a decision.. Back to the topic - Gambhir is defenitely a captaincy candidate..but with all the respect to him , we need to groom Kohli as the next captain..lot of examples are there..see Graem Smith, Shakib Al Hassan,Brendon Taylor,Cook,. ..They all got the captaincy in their younger days and did very well..so it good for the future if we groom him...

  • joseyesu on March 6, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Only Gambir's comment can solve the issue with the players and fans. How can you under recognise GAMBIR after his heroics in WC. Then in Aus, his 2 ODI's 90 is totally forgotten. FRUSTATION. Just because Kohli, scored 1 test century and 1 ODI century....why? creating RIFT within the team. See Ponting's appointment infront of Warner's captaincy....how many clarifications were raised to see him as captain though he was a hero in leading? Is it not the same for Indain minds.Mere STUPIDITY

  • ravi_hari on March 6, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Dravid is right. Being a Vice-captain does not guarantee anything. With so many seniors in the team Dhoni very rarely turns to the VC for advise. Being a wicket keeper the chances of Dhoni going out of the field for the VC to take over is also ruled out. So, it is only the benefits off the field you get which matter, otherwise you are like any other player. Both Kohli and Gambhir are the future for Indian cricket. It could be that Gambhir may lead in tests and Kohli in ODI and T20 in future. Gambhir should take it in his stride and concentrate on getting back his form in all the three versions. Asia Cup will be the right place to show his prowess and the ensuing IPL will give an opportunity for him to showcase his leadership qualities. Kohli on the other hand can extend his good run and cement his place in all formats and help Dhoni achieve victories outside India.

  • Busie1979 on March 6, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    No shortage of talent in India. Time to phase these guys out, start the transition, and get better fielders into the team. India cannot afford the luxury of giving these guys a lap of honour - they are too far past their prime. The younger guys are belting on the door. Give them a go and see what they're capable of. The other part of India's problem is to find quality fast bowlers. Zaheer Khan is good. Irfan solid. Yadav explosive but inconsistent. Ishant Sharma is rich in talent but disappointing in performance. Surely a cricket mad country with over a billion people have some good quicks in there somewhere. The BCCCI is the richest cricketing board going around - they need better talent identification, a decent fast bowling academy, and be able to groom a generation of fast bowlers. They can afford it.

  • N.Sundararajan on March 6, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Dravid has always been the finest gentleman and a true statesman in the game. His equanimity has been remarkable---and Gambhir and also Kohli will do well to take his advice. As for Dravid himself, he has been unfairly treated by the selectors and the tem management ---exploiting him when it suits them, and then snubbing him when it suits them too---and he has always responded most sincerely as a true selfless player. I hope he will bow out in glory after another series of Tests--and not be unceremoniously dropped !

    But, Rahul, irrespective of what the incompetent BCCI will do to you, the cricketing world will always take their hats off to you as amongst the greatest of all times ! God bless you !

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    its too early for kohli to be the leader , this is the time for him to get established as an batsman first

  • tpjpower on March 6, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Interesting that Dravid says Dhoni is currently doing a "good job". Dhoni is certainly a proven international performer, as captain and player, but his recent results as a leader don't really lend support to Rahul's assertion. India desparately need a mentally strong, proactive leader to emerge who is willing to shoulder responsibility in the longer form of the game - a Kumble, Ganguly or Dravid type. Unfortunately (and perhaps tellingly), there's no obvious candidate who fits the bill.

  • AjitNarayan on March 6, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Where is Sachin? When will he face the media?

  • ada007 on March 6, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    leading and playing are two different things, what the team needs to look for is a good leader and strategist who is able to get his team mates to give their best and fight till the end. It is foolhardy to think that just because someone plays well they can automatically lead the team. Its like making the leg the captain of the body for winning one running race :)

    its more fun to watch the bcci blunder their way through life and to see the team politics than to actually watch cricket. Its like a lesson in management or rather mismanagement, thanks bcci for putting up such an entertaining show.

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    That's spot on from Dravid. Gambhir should not feel disappointed. He needs to prove his worth as a batsman under challenging conditions. He was found wanting against seam and swing. He flicks, drives and mostly tries to jab at third man boundary, which is his strength in subcontinent, but got out to this shot more than once. Kohli seemed a much better batsman than Gambhir here in Australia.

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    He is pure gentle man, the way he speaks. . the others doesn't know how to speak (like Kapil dev). . We need unity to lift the team spirit.

  • satish619chandar on March 6, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    I don't think it will despirit any player for loss of vice captaincy.. Indian team played well under Dhoni with Yuvi, Viru, Bhajji, Zaheer, and SACHIN when he was the least experienced in the whole pack and they never had any issues with it(Until recent reports which all sides are denying thoroughly).. And, i am sure either Viru or Gambhir will captain the team in case of MS's absence and it will not go immediately to Virat.. Let Virat learn the art..

  • senthil25 on March 6, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Dravid is Correct............Dhoni is doing the good job for india.......till 2015 WC he will be the captain, so no need to worry for whoever wise captain. kohil is good, when he leads the team its will affect his bating............

  • Lakpj on March 6, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Time for these uncles to leave the field now. True they were great players. But every good thing has to end. India need young players to move forward.

  • on March 6, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    I Literally respect Dravid as a player and as an individual, because what he did for India on numerous occasions is absolutely invaluable. Furthermore, I also believe that it is about time for the oldies or i should say the Indian stalwarts to hang up the boots because if they linger on too long it could be a possibility of making way for any other younger player rather being given the perfect farewell.

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  • on March 6, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    I Literally respect Dravid as a player and as an individual, because what he did for India on numerous occasions is absolutely invaluable. Furthermore, I also believe that it is about time for the oldies or i should say the Indian stalwarts to hang up the boots because if they linger on too long it could be a possibility of making way for any other younger player rather being given the perfect farewell.

  • Lakpj on March 6, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Time for these uncles to leave the field now. True they were great players. But every good thing has to end. India need young players to move forward.

  • senthil25 on March 6, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Dravid is Correct............Dhoni is doing the good job for india.......till 2015 WC he will be the captain, so no need to worry for whoever wise captain. kohil is good, when he leads the team its will affect his bating............

  • satish619chandar on March 6, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    I don't think it will despirit any player for loss of vice captaincy.. Indian team played well under Dhoni with Yuvi, Viru, Bhajji, Zaheer, and SACHIN when he was the least experienced in the whole pack and they never had any issues with it(Until recent reports which all sides are denying thoroughly).. And, i am sure either Viru or Gambhir will captain the team in case of MS's absence and it will not go immediately to Virat.. Let Virat learn the art..

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    He is pure gentle man, the way he speaks. . the others doesn't know how to speak (like Kapil dev). . We need unity to lift the team spirit.

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    That's spot on from Dravid. Gambhir should not feel disappointed. He needs to prove his worth as a batsman under challenging conditions. He was found wanting against seam and swing. He flicks, drives and mostly tries to jab at third man boundary, which is his strength in subcontinent, but got out to this shot more than once. Kohli seemed a much better batsman than Gambhir here in Australia.

  • ada007 on March 6, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    leading and playing are two different things, what the team needs to look for is a good leader and strategist who is able to get his team mates to give their best and fight till the end. It is foolhardy to think that just because someone plays well they can automatically lead the team. Its like making the leg the captain of the body for winning one running race :)

    its more fun to watch the bcci blunder their way through life and to see the team politics than to actually watch cricket. Its like a lesson in management or rather mismanagement, thanks bcci for putting up such an entertaining show.

  • AjitNarayan on March 6, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Where is Sachin? When will he face the media?

  • tpjpower on March 6, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Interesting that Dravid says Dhoni is currently doing a "good job". Dhoni is certainly a proven international performer, as captain and player, but his recent results as a leader don't really lend support to Rahul's assertion. India desparately need a mentally strong, proactive leader to emerge who is willing to shoulder responsibility in the longer form of the game - a Kumble, Ganguly or Dravid type. Unfortunately (and perhaps tellingly), there's no obvious candidate who fits the bill.

  • on March 6, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    its too early for kohli to be the leader , this is the time for him to get established as an batsman first