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Ganguly recommends split captaincy

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December 9, 2012

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MS Dhoni and Alastair Cook walk out for the toss, India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 1st day, December 5, 2012
MS Dhoni hasn't been in prime form with the bat or gloves against England © BCCI
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Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain, has said India should have different captains for Tests and limited-overs matches in order to ease the workload on MS Dhoni, who is leading in all three formats as well as keeping wicket. Following India's defeat against England at Eden Gardens, the first time they have lost back-to-back matches at home in 12 years, Ganguly said the selectors should follow the example of most countries in order to get the most out of Dhoni.

"Every team in the world has gone with split captaincy. I am not saying the selectors should sack Dhoni and say, 'You're out'. I have always said there is too much burden on him. I think we are losing MS Dhoni as a player," Ganguly told Headlines Today, an Indian news channel. "Captaincy and your ability as a player are interlinked, I think Dhoni is a much better one-day captain than he is a Test captain.

"His performance in recent Tests has not been up to the mark, but that is because there is too much of a burden on him. I am a firm believer that his job has to be split - he needs a reprieve."

Ganguly said the selectors needed to "sit with Dhoni and ask him what form of cricket would he like to captain. I fear we may lose him as a player if we continue like this. He is a match-winner for India and he has done wonders for the team."

Responding to a statement about the selectors not naming a potential successor to Dhoni, in order to groom him, Ganguly said the captains who were successful for India did not develop through a such a system. "I was not groomed to be captain of India I just became captain, captain is something that comes by itself," Ganguly said. "It is the same case with Dhoni. When Rahul Dravid decided to give up captaincy, and you know the captaincy was offered to Tendulkar and he refused to do it, the job went to Dhoni. I don't agree with this thing that you have to groom someone to be captain."

In the ongoing Test series against England, Dhoni has scored only 92 runs in five innings, with a best of 52 in the first innings in Kolkata. England lead the four-Test series 2-1.

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Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 12, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

Drop Tendulkar immediately - problem solved!! He is the biggest non-performer in the Indian team. Gambhir and Kohli are too arrogant to be made captain. Pujara is calm. He can be captain, but first he needs to prove himself outside India.

Posted by Vish.Madishetty on (December 11, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

We need to Groom our Young Players into Good Test Players, before all Seniors Players are gone for the Indian TEAM:

1) DHONI should RESIGN/DROPPED from Test Matches ASAP, even better if he RESIGNS from ALL 3 FORMATS, his Performance was/is WORST ALL THE TIME, when INDIA was Ranking #1 & even now, his average is good just because he Bats at 7or8 makes 20 odd runs and remains not out (this type batting average is NOT GOOD for Indian TEAM, it is only good for his Personal Records), Mr.COOL is good at Political talks and playing in IPL.

2) Virat should be Captain for all 3 formats if possible (he could be next Ganguly)

3) Add Rohit Sharma to the team (He is little lazy & going through Bad patch but he can win matches he is a very good Batsman).

4) Requesting below 16 players for Future Test Matches: 1)Shewag, 2)Gambhir, 3)Pujara, 4)Sachin, 5)Virat, 6)Rohit, 7)Jadeja, 8)Aswin, 9)Irfan, 10)Umesh, 11)Ojha 13)Chand, 14)Aparijit, 15)Awana & 16)Zak.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

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Posted by astopal on (December 11, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Well anyone asking Sachin to step down is actually trying to light candle to the Sun .We all were in diapers, internet and computers were gibberish terms, Baggy and bell bottoms were in fashion, cassette recorders were primary medium for music distribution, cable TV had not yet come to India. That's how long this Giant has served the nation. And all the arm chair critics and bits and pieces cricketers calling for his head in the name of fresh blood, well we already have a fresh team Kumble, Bhajjie, Dravid, Dada, VVS, Zakk and Yuvi all are out of this team. Bowling is all new, 3 experienced batsmen are in. The team is full of youngsters , whether this is the right mix could be debated. This generation of cricket buffs - Test match haters , India will win against Eng and Pak in odi/t-20 and they will forget the humiliation of the test Defeat. Anyone not supporting test cricket is only a poser and not a real fan .You wont succeed in tests if the youngsters don't get mentors in team .

Posted by sksuram on (December 11, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

I would rather have someone who makes such mistakes as slowing down for a century occasionally than have a player who is not willing to fight it out for India and I have seen several Indian cricketers who have shown no fight. Sachin has always shown fight. For me, as Anil Kumble said he has been the sole reason for India's wins, never the sole reason for India's losses. Last of all, let us look at his recent averages in tests - 2010- 70+, 2011- ~47, 2012- 8 tests- dismal 26. 8 tests guyz, seriously, I have seen players like Rohit Sharma who showed no fight for several test matches. Doesn't the great man deserve support. Take Ganguly for example, he has done a lot of Indian cricket, but I also remember games and periods longer than 8 test where he underperformed badly. So, stop barking behind Sachin. Now is a time to be alert and support him not to bring him down. He is not a god but a great player with true dedication and deserves support.

Posted by sksuram on (December 11, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

Sachin is a great player. He has given years of service to Indian cricket. Going through international cricket for 23 years requires enormous amount of dedication, being away from your loved ones etc. He has dedicated himself for Indian cricket for so long and has been a consistent servant and entertainer for Indian cricket. Fine, let us keep the emotions aside. I admit that I have been disappointed by the great man many times when he slowed down for centuries in ODI matches, I cannot forget him wasting 10-12 balls against Australia to score a single run for hiis 10000 ODI run. But, there have also been instances where people have criticized him slightly unfairly. For example, in the ODI against Bang in Asia Cup he slowed down for century. But , you can easily understand that he needed that century to perform better later and for his confidence. Indian bowlers had no business losing that match for us.Remember at the end of the day Sachin played some part in getting a decent total..

Posted by joseyesu on (December 11, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

Dhoni is not fit for test match as a player and as a captain. Better have him for ODI alone

Posted by Nathan_R_Patrick on (December 11, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

I think, everyone is hyperventilating. Failure and success are crest and trough of a cricketer's sinusoidal wave. Expecting them to be on the crest all the time is unreasonable. Mind and body works in tandem. Either one gets tired, we see undesirable results. But selectors need to eliminate the # of excuses players may come up with for their failures. Fatigue is one, commitment and application is another. For a very long time, West Indian and Australian team ran on cruise control. It didn't matter much who the captain was or the team members. They only focused on core values. Commitment, Application, Performance and results with the sole goal of victory and nothing short of that. It was all possible because all 11 of them acted like a captain. And it is hard to deliver consistently unless this transformation takes place in the team. It is not captain's job to help everyone succeed. It is everyone's job to help captain succeed and manage up. Enough said.

Posted by pranay_bangalore on (December 11, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

Please dont take Cook as a prototype and make Gambhir as captain. GG is the last person to be a captain material and sehwag is just above him. I dont see any one apart from Kohli to take the mandate in tests...

Posted by rivernile on (December 10, 2012, 22:38 GMT)

@Jose - I think that you are spot on mate. Kholi and the like should not be a part of the test team (that includes Dhoni as well). Those players are much more suited for the shorter format of the game.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

used to dhoni was trying hard to india win, but lately he just want to prove himself and his team selection .so now india has to move on and try to find another leader that care about only india...

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (December 10, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

No offense intended but those who want Gambhir as Indian captain JUST DON'T understand the indian cricket situation.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 10, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

Also i need to put few ideas ahead. I strongly believe They should not be COACH ever. Because they are same as duncan and Greg. Same mind. Great technical and analytical skill. But they create politics in where ever they go. they divide team. it is already proven. Even kumble can be coach of indian team. VVS laxman can be coach. Never ganguly or david. Ganguly and dravid are good administrators with lots of creative ideas. People should listen to them when it comes to talent scouting. They are good with X & Os. But not with selecting players. They are not saying sachin and dhoni has to be dumped. They won't because that is the problem with dravid and ganguly. they find who they can target , weakest player with no support. They are afraid to say sachin should retire immediately. Fear is major reason for failure of indian team. Duncan , Dhoni and Sachin should be dumped without mercy. if you do not win or draw games , you should not get rewarded. That should be the message.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 10, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

People people. Dhoni is never thinking captain. He has no tactics. He has intution. he has all other intangibles of great captain. He is politically correct speaking and say to people whats on people's mind. But he also defensive when it comes to his captaincy. he do not want to lose it just like sachin do not want to quit. Some time selectors has to take tough decision. For the good of the team and future , we can not entertain the incompetency Dhoni is always a lucky captain , For me dhoni lost his mojo after world cup when he claimed he won the world cup when all others contributed to get the team there. I hope now he realizes he is useless without sehwag blizkrig innings jumpstart india. India can not win Test without sehwag but india can draw games with defensive openers. Without good bowlers sehwag batting was only reason india could able to win because of extra time and pressure on other team he provided with his batting. For me Dhoni has to be stripped of captaincy in all.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

i too believed that Dhoni was not as good a test captain as many were. But who will replace him(Have been hearing that Parthiv Patel is scoring runs in Ranji, still not sure about him!!)? Gambhir is not sure of being around when Australia comes, if he fails once again. I thought Kohli would make it, but has been disappointing in the series and is yet to cement his position. The best option if we have to find a new test captain is to do something similar to SA posting graeme smith as a captain when he was not pretty young similar to Kohli and believe that Kohli gets some more confidece and responsibilty out of it? But does the Indian Selectors have the stomach to do that??? I dont think so!

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

Well Dhoni must make way for Gambhir as captain. Then his game must be assessed for couple of series . If its still bad get Likes of Uday Kaul / Saha in . No one is irreplaceable and in Dhoni's case he does not like or respect playing test cricket. Also i want to MRI scan of our dear selectors. They make some of the most bizzare selections. BCCI also tops it up with money churning motives. How can they explain selecting Rohit sharma in t-20 team or odi team repeatedly and never allowing him to play in tests. I mean if these guys could just pick up this guy's domestic record (Or just search cricinfo :) will take 30 seconds to realize that this guy is suited to longer format of the game. His game on field also suggests the same. ( Fclass batting average 58.26, Domestic List A(ONE DAY GAME 34. ) Why are these people wasting talents of people like Rohit Sharma, Badrinath, Rahane. ( Ravindra Jadeja in test team , My grandma can select an better team than these super talent scouts huh!)

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

the comments from ganguly was moreover right.... what u saying guys

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

I have great respect for Dhoni and Tendulkar. Both of them are exemplary human being and both of them work very hard. Both of them are going through very tough time.

I think Dhoni's mentality is naturally suited to ODI. He likes a playing with a definite target in mind in terms of time and run. The almost "endless" test and almost "too short" T20 don't suit his thinking style. I think due to that reason, he is a far better ODI batsman than he is in "endless" tests or "too short" T20s.

I think to be successful in tests and T20s, Dhoni needs to adapt and play his tests and T20s the same way he plays ODIs i.e. 1. take some time to get set 2. Build and 3. Explode. He has sone it quite successfully in ODIs.

I think Dhoni should treat tests as a 40 overs inning - 10 overs to get set, 20 overs to build and 10 overs to explode and aim to score 75 runs. I think Dhoni will be far more successful with a definite target.

Fo T20s, Dhoni can do get set, build, explode in 6 (2 + 2 +2) overs.

Posted by starincricket on (December 10, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

in current indian team, except dhoni no one looks capable of handling the amount of load and pressure.. unless and untill dhoni wishes , seems no one cant ask dhoni.. but dhoni set its upto selectors.. he is having most no of wins as captain in almost all the formats.. i think rebuild only can be done by dhoni.. once it done, he himself can move away from captaincy in Test cricket

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

pick a new captain and team for atleast Pakistan Series

1.Rahane 2.Dhawan 3.Kohli 4.karthik(wk) 5.Raina(Capt) 6.Jadeja 7.Ashok Meneria 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvneshwar Kumar10.varun Aaron 11.umesh yadav

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Dada is ok in his opinion....Gautam should be the test captain to get Dhoni as a pure test batsman.if Dhoni retains as test captain India should take an extra keeper as srilanka doing for releasing sangakaras load.As Gambire and biru are not in form there is clearly seen the absence of Rahul and laxman.

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (December 10, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

But my issue is that who will be the test captain? What Ganguly said is right, Dhoni is a good one day player but in respect to test cricket he is not upto the mark. There comes another problem whom you would replace him with? During Ganguly era we were searching for wicket kepper who can bat. And that answer was Dhoni. Seriously do we have anyone who is the suitable candidate to replace him? Sadly we don't have any.. :(

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

What India needed was a couple of domestic players - an unknown spinner and a good batsman of spin. Pujara payed well but lost out as the team was out of form. Maybe kohli/gambhir/yuvraj could have been dropped after the mumbai defeat. Maybe they could have risked a new spinner instead of Ishanth. There was not much alarming about England bowling - no deadly pace like a waqar or akram's guiles or curtly like bounce or a murali like spin or trickery like saqlian...They did bowl well but it was Indian pitches mind you. So what we needed was a batsman in good knick in the domestic season. That player would have been okay against England'd pace. Their spin was not out of the ordinary. India would have drawn the match. They did not take risks or think about Cook who was the difference. Andy Flower, Gooch and Mushtaq know how to play and win here. So wonder what Indias Fletcher was doing.

Posted by guru1438 on (December 10, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

At least drop him it will be better for the indian team

Posted by crindex on (December 10, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

I do not agree with Dada for once. This approach of split captaincy will not work with India which relies heavily on its Captain for handling the team management. He is the ring master who runs the circus. Captains in other parts of the world are just captains. Indian cricket captain is a father figure who leads, lives and loves his teammates as his children. This is the major psychological difference between other countries and India - there can only one dad in a household.

Posted by Adityahms on (December 10, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Agreed to what Dada says...but again the question is "Do we have someone to step into his shoes at this point of time? or even in the next 3 months, When the Ausisses arrive..."...In my opinion...what we can suggest is...MSD plays / captains as a player and Wirhimaan Saha keeps...that takes away some or a lot of pressure from his court...

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

can't lose MSD... he has done many!! we just cant say what pressure he is facing now.. back to back 4-0's..!! and now.. nobody wants 3-1.!! and then.. very next week have to start everything fresh for T20's!! peopel expect them to win that atleast!! so... just think of.. so many mouths are ready to go against!! just he said he want supportive pitches!! a small thing.. they made it a big weakness... just let him free... let him have his own time..!! he will be there!!!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Who can be the Test Captain after Dhoni: Not Sehwag -- Impetuous, bordering irresponsible. Not Gauti -- Short temper. Can be obstinate.Can also run out all the other batsmen. Yuvi -- Not any more. Kohli -- Strange mix up of confidence & diffidence, at least for test format. (Kohli may mature into a very good captain, as Michel Clarke did). Pujara: Right temperament. Test Material. Downside is that he is inexperienced... But, how much experience Pataudi Jr had? Greame Smith had? At some point, we have to take a quantum leap to produce results. Some may say, Pujara is not aggressive enough. So said, many Englishmen, when Cook was chosen; and see how he has transformed a disparate dressing room into a cohesive and performing, and consequentially proud group.

Posted by anilkp on (December 10, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Among those with relatively stable status in the Indian team, Kohli is the only one worthy of a captaincy stint. My suggestion would be to make him the Test captain right away (notwithstanding his recent form; he has shown his class in Australia when all others failed, indicating that he is a solid material), while retaining Dhoni as captain for the limited overs. He is too good a player and leader of the shorter format to give up. He should be replaced by Parthiv Patel (good batting, keeping, and past international experience) in Tests. Bring in Rahane, Manoj into the Test fold. Make a young Test brigade and let them fight, loose and learn. Don't expect too much from them, have patience for a couple years and let them gel spontaneously into a strong side. And, say good bye to Fletcher right away. Get Ponting or Stephen Fleming or Rahul or Sourav as the coach.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

In addition to split captaincy, we should also have core groups for both formats. More so, to protect the test format.

We are wounding test cricket with a double edged sword.

India had produced players of test calibre in the past. Gavaskar, Dravid, VVS, Jaffer etc are all test class players. We still do, like Rahane, Badrinath & Tiwari (even Ravi Jadeja). Unfortunately excessive commercialization of cricket incentivised test players to adapt for the shorter formats. Even Dravid & VVS were forced to, by circumstances.

Destroying test class players is only one edge of this sword. The other cutting edge is the fact that we keep on pushing great players of the short format into the test teams, totally neglecting the test calibre players. Rahane's frustration on the one hand, and the travails of batsmen like Kohli, Dhoni,Raina & Yuvi on the other symbolise this: Test Format bleeding with self inflicted wounds with this double-edged sword.

Of course, there will be a common group too.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

gautam is the good test captain.........what dada said is 100 percent fact....similarly to keep players on their toes selectors need to restrict all players to any two formats and award the third format aswell to the players who is in extremely top form.....

Posted by gnanzcupid on (December 10, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Dada may be right in this aspect. But he is not right in supporting harbhajan

Posted by inswing on (December 10, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

Captaincy is overrated. Dhoni has never been a good test captain or a good test batsman, but that has nothing to do with these losses. These losses are primarily due to the fact that India's bowling is too weak. There is no strike bowler. Zaheer has lost it, Yadav is injured, Ojha is mediocre, Ashwin & Harbhajan are worthless. Without a single good bowler you will lose every time. Ashwin needs to be dropped be he will keep his place and average 40-50 per wicket. Like a spinner version if Ishant.

Posted by xcal519 on (December 10, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Dada is right !! Make someone else test captain

Posted by Vicky_051 on (December 10, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Just wanted to correct one thing in my last comment:

"in the above article there wasn't a mention that Dhoni succeeded Dravid as a captain, it was just that he succeeded him as a Captain," should be read as

"in the above article there wasn't a mention that Dhoni succeeded Dravid as a TEST captain, it was just that he succeeded him as a Captain,"

Posted by Dhanvanth on (December 10, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

@vasi_koosi: i agree with u but u should accept the fact that after ganguly there hasnt been a good captain for India! It was ganguly who suggested dhoni's name as his successor! And clearly dhoni isnt that test mould oly fit for odi and t20! India needs a captain who can fill the shoes of ganguly as test cap

Posted by krish75vijay on (December 10, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

When we fail to perform well captan icy issue arises. Let us first understand the results are not based on captaincy alone. When all players perform well the team wins. Otherwise the team suffer. To be consistent BCCI should have lively pitches which will help all types of bowlers and thereby the batsmen with skill alone will do well. This will enable the selectors to pick right team combination. This in turn will improve our records outside subcontinent. A look at our Ranji trophy and duleep trophy results will reveal the need for lively pitches. Lively pitches should be introduced from lower levels. Neither batsmen or bowlers have patience to stay at the wicket or bowl to the field in the longer version. Proper approach will give good results in the long run.

Posted by balajit on (December 10, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Well, India have never been known to take brave decisions. In this instance Sourav is right , however will the selectors act & make Kohli the new captain as south Africa did with Graeme smith sometime back & are reaping the rewards now.

Also will the team management brave enough to move Sachin down the batting order to 5 ( anyways he wont be dropped till he retires) & move kohil upto 4 give him responsibility & see how it goes.

Posted by here2rock on (December 10, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

The problem with Dhoni's leadership is that he is not able to inspire any cricketers whether they are experienced or inexperienced. He is not able to bring the best out of his men. The biggest problem I have with his captaincy is that he does not have confidence in his bowlers. He is not able to dissect the opposition's weaknesses like Graham Smith or Michael Clarke can do. He is too rigid in his approach, leading to his downfall.

Posted by Vicky_051 on (December 10, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

@SpinKingKK: I guess your reading ability is very low, that is what i find when I go thru your comment. But FYI let me highlight few points, in the above article there wasn't a mention that Dhoni succeeded Dravid as a captain, it was just that he succeeded him as a Captain, secondly the fact remains 100% correct and please give some stress on your memory if you follow cricket better than Ganguly and try to remind when Dhoni became Captain from whom he got it????

The context of talks here is about captaincy, not about who he succeeded in Test or other formats.

I hope you get it now....

Posted by Vasi-Koosi on (December 10, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Dada does make sense. However, let us be pragmatic. Who do you think can follow Mahi in tests. He is very effective in ODI's & T20's, for which we even have his successor Virat Kholi as the Next Gen. Giving Virat captaincy for tests, is a very tough decision which the selectors need to ask themselves. In fact when Mahi was given the captaincy, there were questions about his capability in tests. I would give Mahi 2 more series as captain to get out of this rut. One of the things I would really question is the support staff. What are they doing? Are they all over the place, are they helping adequately. The dressing room chemistry needs to be looked into as well. Players do not seem to be in the frame of mind as if they have the pride in representing India or that they want to make an impact.

Posted by vin77 on (December 10, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

All said & done MS Dhoni has been lucky big time .given his wicket keeping ability which for most part has been below average considering that he replaced Dinesh Kartik who was slated to be a Test Permanent.Also he is toasted to be a match winner , one cannot recall the last time he won for India single handedly or for that matter how many such Test matches can be attributed to Dhoni wining it single handed.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (December 10, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

India have done well under Dhoni. This knee jerk reaction is not going to help. India have been so cocky at home that it hurts their pride in the way the players have not performed or not allowed to perform. England had done their homework well for the last two tests. They learned from their big mistake in the first test by not playing tw specialist spinners. They missed the experienced hands in Dravid and Laxman. But, the likes of Tendulkar, Kholi Sewag, Gambhir should have taken the responsibility. It was not a captaincy issue at stake. What happened to the flat track home bullies? Much is said about the Sri Lankan's batting at home. Now it is India that is licking their wounds. New Malden, Surrey

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

What Eng did right & Ind didn't..1st of all accept that all English bowlers r superior to their Indian counterparts: Their avg pace 140 kph (and of INdians 130 kph), they got more swing, more turn on same pitches, they bowled more % of deliveries aiming stumps, they bowled cross seam to bring natural variation ...Now the solution part 1). Ashwin must bowl from around the wicket to bring lbw into equation & should ball at least 2 carrom balls per over to put doubt in batsman's mind. 2). All Indian bowlers must aim 80 % deliveries at stumps with leg side attacking fields 3). All Indian bowlers must also bowl cross seam to bring natural variation esp against set batsmen. 3). All Indian Batsmen esp Tendulkar must play with open face & slash the ball on off side like Sehwag does as it chops the ball & ball doesn't carry in slip & u never gat bowled. 4). All Indian batsmen must play every ball considering in-dipper with bat in front of pads hence u automatically miss the away going one..

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Soooo, who does Ganguly suggest to replace Dhoni as captain ??

Posted by Shridharan.S on (December 10, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

ODI Captain Should Be MS Dhoni , T20I Captain Should Be Suresh Raina and Test Captain Should Be Gautam Gambhir Or Virender Sehwag.

Posted by -Johny- on (December 10, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Dada is always right. Dhoni needs to decide which format he will captain

Posted by spinkingKK on (December 10, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

When Rahul Dravid gave up the captaincy, it went to Dhoni? Are you following the Indian cricket properly, Ganguly? Dhoni became captain after Kumble retired. Dhoni had the ODI captaincy before. That's all. Anyway, Dhoni is not a match-winner in test matches as Ganguly says. Dhoni is a match winner in ODI's. But, he can also be a match killer in ODI's at times as well. KKD Karthik should do the glove work in tests.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Hard to disagree with Sourav here.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (December 10, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Dhoni should only be in the one-day team. He is a misfit in both Tests and T-20's and should be dropped from the team itself not just the captaincy.

Posted by satish619chandar on (December 10, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Let us be fair. Dhoni is not good in tests as per his recent form. Whereas, Saha is scoring hell lots in longer format and he did prove himself in one small innings he played. He is a lot more assured and composed keeper too. Pick Saha ahead of Dhoni in tests and keep faith in him. Give him the permanent test keeper slot. Let Dhoni concentrate much on the shorter formats which will be useful for both of them. Captaincy is not a straight forward decision to make. But still, as Dada says, it is the same with how Dhoni elevated to captaincy.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

well said DADAA , AGRE with u, bt who are the choises?

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

I can't find a better Captain other than Ashwin for Test Team, the only player who can be assured his place despite spin or fast bowling pitch, considering his performance in Australia as well as in India. MSD, right choice to remain as captain for ODI and T20s time for another captain,like Kohli or Raina. Selectors should need some strength to take strong decisions

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

thats one reason i respect ganguly.....cuz he knows whats right for the team.......unfortunately, timing was wrong for the retirement of dravid and laxman. otherwise it would've produced a different result. the truth is we can't depend too much on youngsters. so who cares if aus and eng have gr8 youngsters, its the team's choice to stick with players they need

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Sourab Ganguly is 100% right and i think india should allow Virat Kohli to captain test team like SA did when Smith took over from Shaun Pollock. Smith was 23 at that time and became the youngest captain. Virat is having that quality to be the test captain though he is not in good form in this series.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Dada, usualy when you appoint some as captain of a side it is uaually assumed that he is there in the side for some matches. only member who can feel safe for some matches in indian camp is Pujara. So lets appoint him as captain.

Posted by nilarka on (December 10, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

I think replace Tendulkar with Wriddhiman Saha , let Saha keep and let India open with Dhoni and Sehwag... Pujara at 3, Ashwin at 4, Saha at 5, Irfan at 6, Chawla at 7, Harbhajan at 8, Yadav at 9, Dinda at 10 and Awana at 11.

Posted by gaurav0190 on (December 10, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

ganguly is right in suggesting this concept. somebody else should be chosen as the captain of test side. dhoni doesnot worthy of playing in test team as a player. at first a player should be eligible to play in test cricket then only he can be captain.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

I agree with Saurav Ganguly views. MSD should only play T20 and ODI's but that too as a player. He should give up captaincy full time. He should give up Tests. Infact longer version of the game was never MSD forte. I would like to see Parthiv or Samit Patel (U-19) to play longer version. Both have the ability to play long innings and their keeping is that good as well. Also I would like Kohli to be groomed as a skipper as that would bring the attacking and young view towards the game.

Posted by jasif on (December 10, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

this reflects the rigid attitude of indian cricket as a whole. dhoni is rigid enough to not admit his shortcomings as a batsman and captain and is only thinking about himself and not for the betterment of team. tendulkar is rigid enough to hold on to his spot and prolong his career which has way past its due date, again individual approach. sehwag is rigid enough to play his game ONLY and not according to the situation of the match, saying its my style of batting. to hell with his style....if he cannnot play for the team according to the requirement/situation of the match. AB Devilliers , an attacking batsman, played according to the requirement of the team by burring his natural style to do what was needed for the team. and most of all rigid ppl in BCCI, who takes decision only keeping in view sponsorships/endorsements and not for the sake of pride or for winning attitude. its true in any organization, the tone is set at the top and others only follow

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

I agree with dada, As Dhoni doing good in One-Day as captain but not in test and t20 Split Captaincy should like this

Test Captain- Gautam Gambhir / Sehwang One Day - M S Dhoni T20 - Virat Kohli

Posted by backwardpoint on (December 10, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Time not just to split the captaincy. Time to drop Dhoni from tests. Period. I find it hard to imagine that he sits in the selection committee and discusses performance of his team mates when his performance should also be under scrutiny for the last year atleast. Both as captain and as player. I' m sure that Saha or Karthik can play better as a batter and can do a good job behind the stumps too. Delegate captaincy to a different guy - rest Dhoni. Reckon most problems will get solved by that option.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

I disagree. If U ask me, Dhoni should not lead Team-India in "ANY" format. He's, perhaps unable to co-operate and co-ordinate with and motivate the team members. In a word he's lost captaining the team. In any case training new captains to avoid monopoly and monotony is a good thing.

So the selectors need to "sit with Dhoni and tell him, his services as a captain will be resumed when required and until then he can concentrate on his skills. Thank you very much."

Posted by TheOrestes on (December 10, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Dada! Please become selector :(

Posted by Edassery on (December 10, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

Grooming or identifying the successor is not a bad thing to do and hence I disagree with Ganguly on that. However, the captaincy has to come within (in terms of leadership qualities) is right.

And Ganguly is right about the split captaincy. There may be players that are not good for test cricket e.g. Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh etc. Such people can be part of T20 and ODI side and picked a captain for that role. Similarly test sides might have a bunch of players (like VVS, Dravid, Kumble etc) who are meant for that and we need to find such players (and a captain within) to form a team that's vastly different from the limited overs team.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Best Way Forward is 3 way split captaincy with Dhoni keeping ODI's where he is still the Best. Raina is the best man to lead in T20's and he is also the Highest Scorer for India. For Tests, there are no good alternatives right now so Sehwag is the better option for an year or so and then Pujara may be.

Posted by sramesh_74 on (December 10, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

If Dhoni is relieved of Test Captaincy, his place in the Test squad might not be a certainty. He certainly looks jaded. The 'Captain Cool' look is now history. Instead of going back to the usual suspects like Patel and Saha, the selectors could give a youngster like Smit Patel a go..

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

The system of choosing the captain and then the team is not right. The captain,as a player has to deserve his place in the team first .Dhoni is neither the best wicket keeper in the team nor does he have the technique to be a good test batsman. Look at the wicket keepers of all other teams . Prior,Devilliers,Kamaran,Macullum,Sangakkara are all good batsmen and they do the wicket keeper's role. Dhoni does not deserve a place in the team. It is not a bad idea to have split captaincy .The selectors should have dropped Tendulkar and Dhoni also from the test team.After all the results could not heve been worse.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 10, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

Whatever else may be true about Indian cricket at the moment, there's no doubt that Dhoni has an incredible workload. There are many who don't think that he's a great Test captain anyway but does do a good job in limited-overs cricket. From that point of view, splitting the captaincy might not have been a bad idea from the start, but if it can ease his workload and allow him to concentrate a bit more on his playing then that's got to be a good thing for India.

Posted by ccrriicc on (December 10, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

Mr. Ganguly is only keeping his future seat (where ever it is) warm so he has praise for Mr. Dhoni. Dhoni is a match winner, yes only if your thinking is limited or clouded). His batting is technically flawed - against a seamer (swing or no swing) he is as good as finishedand and at best he is a mediocre wicketkeeper. He should be a player who should come into the team based on his form, that is all. it is simply unfair that in a population of more than a billion people that we should keep deserving candidates like Dinesh Karthick and others out of the team by making a wikect keper a captain. When stripped of all his responsibilities Dhoni will be a much better impact player. Tendularkar should be allowed to play upto to the government retirement age - remember he has 100 centuries - he will any day (may be Nagpur) score one more century! BCCI mu insist that Tendulkar should be allowed to play any time after he retires in the middle of a Test or ODI.

Posted by kempie on (December 10, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

Saurav is right.When a leader is put under such heavy workload,how can he perform..!MS Dhoni should be dropped from captaincy not from the team,at least in tests.

Posted by Klgn on (December 10, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

Yes, Please appoint new Test captain and Dhoni can be continue with One day captain!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

If Dhoni is not the captain of the Test Team... i wonder if he will find a place in the team itself.

Posted by kharidra on (December 10, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

In a root cause analysis the critical points at which the test matches have been lost is not on strategic planning and plan execution. It is essentially the competency to be able to rise to the level of execution that is required for success. The players have not risen to expectation levels. Initially it was thought of as playing too much of cricket. Then there was this argument about players not being able to deal with movement and steep bounce. This argument was followed by the pace of a spinner. There was this argument about lack of support from bowlers. But based on the match analysis at the end of the 3rd test we have a few pointers like improper execution of strokes and losing wickets after settling down.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

ya, better if Dinesh kartik keeps for India as well.... he needs a fair bit of chance too

Posted by Nish_US on (December 10, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

Dhoni should retire from tests....may be make viru or gauti as test captains...may be it will bring about some responsibility in them...

The whole team is in a transition state, with all the greats having retired and the last one on the brink of retirement. Suddenly everyone is a newbie and the seniors are not performing, so it is a dilemma who to captain the side.

Posted by natasrik on (December 10, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

Ganguly how many match winning knocks you played when you captain team India in tests, Kandy probably one inninigs and maybe another one or two. You played a greater role as ODI captain that too in the initial 2 yrs of capatincy and also the WC 2003 when you played against Kenyans and Bermuda, that's all. Dhoni has acheived more than that, what probably requires now is to sit with Dhoni and ask about some of the recent game plan, like field settings and also what was his thinking of not asking the part timers to bowl when the front line bowlers were not bowling upto the mark. We have to start like that. No player in the current squad is ready for captain.

Posted by JyothiRaj on (December 10, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

Rightly said Dhoni and another wicket keeper mus be rotated in Tests.Need to pick some one who is technically sound.As far as there is no doubts about his capabilties in shorter format of the games,he must concentrate only them.Gambhir or Virat can be the choices for captaincy.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 9, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

What ganguly say is true in that wicket keeping and captaining is tough job. I always rate a team based on how many weaklings in the team. Except sehwag , Pujara and Kohli , i dump rest. All suck. Ganguly speaks truth except when it is related to him. he hanged on forever. It is not easy to quit when so much money in the game. So sachin waiting for his son to grow up to play. If i am bcci i dump sachin if he do not want to retire. He is hijacking whole indian team and brought 10-0 defeat. Still he is insist on playing.

Posted by AjaySridharan on (December 9, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

Ganguly says "Dhoni is a much better one-day captain than he is a Test captain". Ganguly says "the selectors needed to "sit with Dhoni and ask him what form of cricket would he like to captain". If Dhoni isn't a good Test captain, why give him the option of choosing. Without captaincy, Dhoni arguable doesn't merit a place in the test squad. Ganguly isn't one for grooming through a system...isn't that the Indian way of doing things...leave it to chance hoping that someone will eventually do the job, not just in cricket but in every walk of life. But his point in otherwise well taken, in that they should consider reducing Dhoni's load, and split captaincy seems to be the best way to do it. And of course, Dada was the best captain we had probably since Pataudi

Posted by indianpunter on (December 9, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

India, with the current team, will be lucky to beat bangladesh! We are scraping the bottom now.. and guess who we came up with? Piyush Chawla.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 22:26 GMT)

Rightly said. Sourav was polite. Dhoni is not test material. He is a good One day player.Some good Wicket Keeper batsman should take his place. May be Dinesh Karthik or Manvinder Bisla can fill in.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

this is true that one doesnt have to be groomed to be captain. some of the best captains had the job thrust onto them. this in mind, it would be perfectly fine if someone like Virat Kohli got the job from the next series. He would be upto the task, plus with the support of the seniors, he cant possibly do a worse job can he? Even if not Kohli, Dhoni needs to forfeit the test leadership. He is a limited overs genius, let him focus on that. Hes not a young man anymore.

Posted by here2rock on (December 9, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

I totally agree with Gsnguly's views. He has too much on his plate from leading India in all formats then leading Chennai in IPL and Champions' tournament.

Posted by Hardy1 on (December 9, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

Agreed, Dhoni hasn't really ever proven at First Class/Test level and with him as captain, India don't have the choice of replacing him with say a Saha or Patel. In ODIs he's indisputably a great player and should remain captain, but the job should probably go to Sehwag for Tests. Gambhir, Sachin, Yuvraj & Zak need to be dropped after the end of the series (already happened for the latter two) and one more middle-order spot is up for grabs too, with Dhoni also under the spotlight. I fear if India win the last Test & level the series it may undermine some of these necessary changes which I think we all want to see. For the first time in a long while there's a lot of spots up for grabs in an Indian team, First Class players should take note.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 9, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

I think transparency from Selectors and BCCI needed. Planning should be ahead so players in domestic know what they have to do to get into the team. At present selection is based on do you have god father in bcci circle or not. For example Pankaj singh should have been in indian team. he is tall and gets wickets. Somehow BCCI brass do not like rajastan players

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 9, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Dhoni needs to be ODI and T20 captain. I believe Gambhir should be captain of test team with Koli as vice captain.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

Dhoni has already said he doesnt want to play Test Cricket in long term so let him play ODIs n get a repplacement in isnt exactly rocket science. Respect for England and they work ethic has gone up so much, a certain Graham Thorpe told me prior to tour that England cud spring a surprise on India and to bounce back from such a resounding defeat I must say England is def one of the best teams whether its bowling or batting. They have shown HARD work does pay off and what great results. BCCI need to learn frm their mistakes before Team India sink so low that whole Indian Cricket falls into disrepair.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

Ganguly is reading the same statement which Greg Chappel wrote for him few years back. He didn't liked then and we kicked out from world cup, now he realized the truth. I agree with him. Even Dhoni will agree with him.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

Its absolutely shocking to see Dhoni getting backed by the selectors after all this debacle. I just looked into Sourav's statistics during his decline between 2005 and 06, and he averaged around 27 in 9 tests with a century in the 2005/06 season after which he was stripped of captaincy and dropped. Now Dhoni is averaging a mere 30 in the last 2 years in as many as 19 tests with just 1 century, and nobody is even talking about stripping his captaincy, let alone dropping him. What's behind this: his IPL star value or his WC achievements? A lot has changed.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

I totally agree with Sourav this is far too big a task for one man and must be shared for the sake of Indian cricket. Time for a few changes also in the line-up as far too many players seem to be chosen automatically and not judged on match-to-match performances. In this last Test only Ashwin and Ojha really earned places and now is the time for change.

Posted by Klgn on (December 9, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Ganguly is right. After dhoni's poor performance in test squad, dhoni should resign for test cricket captain and my recommendations for test captain is between Gautam Gambhir and Sehwag. Both have enough potential to lead test side. For one day captain we can have Dhoni or Kohli or Raina as captain. For t20 we can have Raina as a captain. Also india require better wicket keeper compare to MSD's poor keeping. We can have there dinesh karthik or rayadu .

Posted by Nampally on (December 9, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

I agree with Dada's recommendations of having different Captains for Test & Short Formats. England, Australia, Pakistan, NZ all do it. Actually Dhoni's poor footwork does not qualify him to be Test class batsman. His Captincy in Tests has been irrational with questionable field placing & bowling changes. Saha & Karthik are both better WK/Batsmen. As for the Captaincy mantle, it should fall on the shoulders of Pujara who does not come with any baggage. He is a young man with no grudges against any players & has an open mind. He captained India U-19 & India A creditably & is a fine batsman too - currently leading the batting averages against England. He has also played with some of the guys in the present Indian team at the school level - e.g. Ashwin. Other guys like Sehwag & Gambhir are on the fringe of older age + past their best. Kohli is brash & short tempered. Ashwin is the second best candidate. Dhoni in the short format will be more effective both as a batsman & captain.Good move!

Posted by smbhayi on (December 9, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

yeah.... Make Kaif as a test captain...

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 9, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

It comes a bit too late now but yes, it is indeed a fact that Dhoni had too much on his plate and it was bound to happen, a captain burns out more rapidly than other players. Cricket is not like Hoke or Football where the captain has hardly any extra role in play. Cricket is more like chess at times and at times the team resembles an army unit where the commander has to use his troops to achieve a certain objective using his leadership and managerial skills. When Dhoni had said a while back that he intended to quit one form of the game in 2013 so as to focus better on other forms he was criticized for being over-confident about his place and for being selfish. Well, now we do see he was right and knew he had to ameliorate the hardships of captaincy. India has lost but it doesn't mean that we chop the whole team and start with 11 green horns. No one does that. A system often fails due to a few vital parts failing. Find them and change them and India will soon be a good team again.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 9, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Sourav is only partly right here. A split captaincy would ONLY solve HALF of the problems with Indian cricket. The major culprits for team India's recent test losses are physical fitness, toothless bowling, insipid batting, lack of planning, lack of all rounders etc. So having different captains won't do much other than relieve some pressure. Still, one would expect Dhoni to be a part of all 3 formats for India. So I really don't see the logic in Ganguly's assessment. The problems with Indian cricket begin at the most basic levels of its system. We need a complete revamp of the domestic and school level cricket systems. Our national academy at Bangalore isn't doing much in this regards. In addition, it's time we encourage more of our young players to travel overseas and play in their conditions. This could be either in the form of T20 leagues, or domestic 4 day cricket. Some exposure is needed for the next gen Indian players. Right now, the boys are snug at home. This is the problem.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (December 9, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

Split captaincy would be good, if we have a performing team with players scoring runs, some one can take over. None of the top 6 ( except may be Pujara) are able to hold a place based on the performance. Young batsman are trying to find their way, you do not want Pujara or Kohli to lead the side at this time. Gambhir is on and off. Bowlers are not that good. Where will you find a captain? Let the players start performing, at the cost of Dhoni's workload and poor performance and then let us select a test captain among them before asking Dhoni to step down. Let us say if Kohli continues to perform good in ODI's may be he can captain ODI and T20 side before test. Possibly Kohli/Pujara can take over test captaincy after proving himself in abroad. Then Dhoni can play as a player and we can hold him accountable for wicket keeping and batting skills. We have retain Dhoni as a captain for now since young team is evolving and seniors like Gambhir and Shewag are not good to take over the captain

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

There should be a change in the Captaincy since they ( Dhoni, Gambhir & sehwag) started telling excuses instead of performance and Gambhir was the Main cluprit for Eden Test as he made it two runouts in two innings by running out Sehwag & Pujara. The Indian selectors should learn from other nations.

Posted by aryan-is-dravid-fan on (December 9, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Or we can drop him from the test team based on his batting , wicket-keeping and team-leading performances - pick either one and he is set to be dropped!! If he is that good of a player, he can make a comeback into the team. If not, Saha is in a purple patch and Kaarthik is at least as good as Dhoni has been. That is another way to split up the captaincy.

Posted by Srini88 on (December 9, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Not sure why Indians are not looking at their spinners as well! Why they are not able to penetrate as much as the english! ofcourse batting. Not sure how long we are going to carry on with Sehwag, Sachin!

Posted by akashchandran on (December 9, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Very good suggestion from Ganguly. The selectors should speak to Dhoni after the Nagpur Test and relieve him of Test Captiancy. But he should definitely be retained as a player for the Australia series. In ODIs and 20-20s where the results and his personal form is ok Dhoni should continue to captain. Before the Tests against Australia the selectors have to decide on either Sehwag or Gambhir as Test Captain and persist with the selected captain until the South Africa tour.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

This is important for india, Dhoni must resign from test captain and he can continue as odi and t20. For test we need to select another new one as of now, sehwag will do.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Agree fully with Ganguly on giving MSD less responsibilities. But understanding the game comes through experience. Captains are not made overnight

Posted by Faizan_Bahadur on (December 9, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Agreed with dada but the main question is who should be the test captain.The openers especially Gambhir keep giving lame excuses for their losses and lack of runs from their bats.Kohli isnt ready yet.then who???I dont think BCCI have a choice.

Posted by jay_vkjay on (December 9, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Saurav sounds correct. Give the captaincy to Virat Kohli. When made vice-captain in asia cup this year, he showed that he likes responsibilities and did very well with the bat.Look at south africa. Graeme Smith was made test captain at very young age,and look at where is south africanow as a team and smith as a captain.

Posted by rock_kar on (December 9, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

I agree. Make Dhoni the ODI captain and Gambhir the test captain. Gambhir is a very matured cricketer and it was on display in the second innings of the Mumbai test. Indian team's recent slide is clearly due to T20 ways and the dip in form in Tests is also affecting their form in T20. Talk about a vicious circle!

We need to identify a core set of batsman and wicket taking bowlers for tests. I think we can live with non-performance in the shortest form and ODIs but not in Tests. If India lose this series, the scar will remain forever! We have to somehow win the Nagpur and save our pride. Shaan of our MULK is at stake here.

Posted by Shandorinho on (December 9, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Next in line for test captaincy has to be Gambhir...

Posted by sharidas on (December 9, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Ganguly always thinks and speaks. He is right in what he said.

Posted by SixoverSlips on (December 9, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Yes, Ganguly is right. Dhoni, the player is fading. India needs Dhoni to bat well, first and foremost.

Posted by Klgn on (December 9, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

Saurav Ganguly iis absolutely Correct as always!! I would recommend selectors to make Dhoni way out of Test Team and Please Appoint new Captain for Test Squad asap. My recommendation are Gautam Gambhir or Virendra Sehwag as New Test Team Captain! For T20, Suresh Raina is good choice and For one day, Dhoni can be retain there. How much time one should give?? India already lost two great captains, VVS Laxman could be a captain but never got chance, and Anil Kumble got chance at last phase of his career, Don't make it too late!! If selection committee cant make decision quicker, change them as well! My recommendation as a new chairman of selection, Mr. Sunil Gawaskar or Ravi Shastri. Rotation of everything is needed in life!!

Posted by NikkiGTaurus on (December 9, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

but who's the captain gonna be for Tests because Gambhir and Kohli are both lacking form, so those two being captains for tests are very risky! Sehwag is a possiblity, but it would be a better idea to give one of the youngsters the cap because Sehwag's time might be over soon!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Dhoni has been one of the best captains of India both in tests and ODI. Maybe, he can give up T20 both as captain and player. Dravid's era was experimentation and learning from mistakes. If you look at the team selection, it is evident that Dhoni learnt a lot from Dravid. Dravid had experimented with 5 bowlers and didn't work. Dhoni always stuck to 4 bowlers. Dravid had success picking couple of excellent fielders in Yuvraj and Kaif for ODI. Dhoni is doing same by picking Raina and Jadeja.

Posted by ambrishsundaram on (December 9, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Agree with Ganguly's recommendation to have a split captaincy. India has lost Dhoni the match winner to the burdens of captaincy. He isn't the most astute tacticaly brilliant captain. Given the limitations in the Indian batting, bowling and fielding he is severely restricted in what he can achieve and thus is under tremendous pressure as a captain. I completely disagree with Ganguly on the issue of grooming a captain. Just because he, Dravid and Dhoni were thrust into captaincy, doesn't mean that it is a successful approach. Not everyone can be the captain and it takes special skills - that need to be further enhanced through grooming - to succeed as a captain.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

A split captaincy would lead to political groupings with the Indian team as it happens with most subcontinental sides...................

Posted by lindia on (December 9, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

The only other person in the team who could become a captain is Sehwag or Gambhir. And some people are talking of kicking Gambhir out of the team. Do we really want Sehwag to be the captain?

Posted by Arrow011 on (December 9, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

Ganguly is right, Dhoni should be just a WK for Test side & not captain. It is better if Sachin leads the team once again.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Well, This would be best Decision for BCC to make captain for each Format of the game so than every captain have such burden which he can bear it, furthermore, In this way, the competition between captain will be begin and every captain will give more than 100% and this spirit makes players more concentrate to the game and because of this the The Indian team will perform best of the best, I am also recommend this Advise of Ganguly for their Board.

Posted by Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on (December 9, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

Ganguly is feared of Dhoni breaking his record of 21 test wins as indian captain ;) as dhoni has 20 wins now .....just kidding. But honestly a great suggestion as Dhoni( a destructive wicket keeper in tests) is more calming to indian cricket than dhoni( a captain who has now gone clueless about how to handle media and acknowledge indian wins and loses in tests) So it can be a good option to try on gambhir as the captain in tests (He's attitude when he is captain is righter) But only time will tell how he fares.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

Pretty sure Dhoni has succeeded at winning in all formats as captain, having a split captaincy with someone that has no experience is not the answer

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

dada u r saying true ,we lose our match winner and a great finisher

Posted by Karnamkotil on (December 9, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Ii totally agree with Dada. In-fact, i wanted this from the last year. Technically, Dhoni is d captain of Test, ODI, T20 and IPL CSK... this is too much work load on him (i giv a damn for IPL). Just like Ponting cant be at No.1 by playing for 10 long year, same is the case with Dhoni, he cant be a successful captain for more than 4 yrs and that too in all formats. Any ways, Dhoni is more a T20 and ODI player, Test was never his cup of tea.

Posted by xylo on (December 9, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Thanks for the suggestion. Did you realize that there are no tacticians in the team? Based on what I hear from the commentary box, Ganguly definitely is a thinking captain, Dravid is not captaincy material, and Sachin was marked for failure by nature when it came to captaincy. Kohli is the only one holding promise, but he is very new and very brash as of now. If Sehwag/Gambhir are the ones to be considered, BCCI might as well ask to do away with tests and fill up the calendar with ODIs and T20s. I have always believed that Dhoni is not test material, but there has been no better thinker of the game for a long time now.

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