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New captain not feasible before World Cup - Dhoni

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Passed the point of no return - Dhoni

MS Dhoni has indicated he is not averse to continuing as India captain in all formats, saying it would be unfair to burden a new player with the mantle of captaincy with just a year left for the 2015 World Cup.

"It's a point of no return with the World Cup literally one year away from now," Dhoni said at a promotional event in Delhi, according to PTI. "It won't give a new guy the ideal time to play at least 70-80-90 games [before] the World Cup. That's what we would like to have him play before the World Cup.

"I understand the pressure… you get the kind of things which give you more experience than the others. So, we have to go through it."

Dhoni was responding to a question on giving up captaincy in one format to prolong his career. In 2012, Dhoni had said he might have to give up a format to lead India's title defence in 2015, but would take a call only at the end of 2013.

There have always been concerns over how much workload Dhoni can take across his multiple roles but he said his body was holding up fine at the moment. "I am really fortunate to see where I am right now with the amount of cricket that we are playing these days. As of now, it's looking good. The body is closely knit together. How it will be [in future], I don't know but so far so good."

India lost their recent two-Test series 0-1 in South Africa but Dhoni said India's performance on the tour showed they had promising players, who would only get better with the exposure on upcoming trips. "Yes, we had some tough times. We had a bad session [in Durban]. We had one really bad session because of which we were on the losing side.

"I think the process is more important. It can go worse than that [the performance in South Africa], but the good thing is that at least we know the players are there. We had a lot of good sessions in South Africa.

"It's a process where we have to improve. Also the fact [is] that now we will be continuously playing out of India, so it will give more exposure to the players. Most of the players who are part of the side, barring a few, they have not played maybe more than five Test matches outside India. I know they will take some time, but the overall performance was good."

India's bowlers were unable to bowl South Africa out in the second innings of the first Test despite having 457 runs to defend, and Dhoni acknowledged they required progress on that front. "We have bowlers who can take 20 wickets but still this is one area where we need to improve. I think on the wickets that are helpful we have done well. Outside India, at times, you get wickets where we have to hit the deck hard and that goes [against] what our bowlers actually bowl.

"I am talking about the majority of bowlers, that's one area where we have to still learn. We have seen in the past also, if there's help, then we will get 20 wickets. That's one area where we have to improve a bit. But looking at the of bowlers we have got, definitely it seems they have the potential to take 20 wickets in Test matches."

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  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Absolutely, he doesn't need to prove anything in terms of odis and T20s, he is the best man any team would love to have in their odi or T20 side as a batsman let alone Captaincy. No match for this man in the limited overs formats for this man in any team. As for Tests, yes, he has not done justice to his position. Captaining and Wicket keeping is fine but as a Test batsman, he is well short of the standards he has set for himself in the limited overs formats especially in overseas tours. Maybe he can give up wicket keeping and play as a batsman while captaining the side might help him to improve the batting. DK or Saha can be tested meanwhile. Let's hope he gets a few tons in NZ and Eng and elevate his game in Tests as well! Rock on MSD.!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 10, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    There are wicketkeepers in India ( Gautham, Sampson, DK, Saha) They just need to be sent on overseas A-trips - this will distinguish who is the best.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 10, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Yes slots in the team are limited. When we have Dhoni and the tail not able to contribute to the score with even a good 20/30 odd it makes the team weak in TESTS. To the opposition its like playing against half a team. All the good work by our top order goes to waste. Most teams have wicketkeepers who can bat - not India in tests. Dhoni is a shrewd captain in ODI as he thinks ahead of the opposition. He needs to lead from the front in tests. Unless he changes his batting in tests - well we will not improve. The SA tests are glaring example for all to see.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 9, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Despite many fans opposed to Dhoni continuing as Captain of the Indian Test team, the Selectors will continue with him. Dhoni has the president of the BCCI in his pocket & he controls the Selectors. In India it is always "who you Know" counts more than what your abilities are. If you have a powerful God Father, you always win. In the bargain INDIA loses! Whilst every Nation has different Captains for each format, India is burying its head in the sand as though no one but Dhoni can captain India. Pujara, Kohli, Rohit Sharma are all knowledgeable about Cricket & have captaincy experience - albeit not at the Test level. But then even Dhoni had Zero experience when he first captained India. Pujara has captained India A Team creditably at home & abroad for the past 18 months. Kohli has captained RCB in IPL & India ODI team In Zimbabwe- damn site better than MSD. Rohit captains Mumbai. Let these 3 be the captains of Test, ODI & T20 format. Time for de-monopolising & Change for the better-Eh!

  • POSTED BY ramli on | January 9, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    So, MSD is responsible for the seniors' exit ... despite their horrible form, fitness and what nots!! But, MSD is not responsible for any of the Indian glories over the years! What uncharitable comments!! Indians first should learn to appreciate and be realistic too! If MSD is replaced, will all woes in overseas tour get solved? I don't think there is any WK-batsman who is setting the national scene by fire! Just allow this man to continue till WC-2015, he will automatically give up test cricket to VK, who by then would have commanded every respect due from all players

  • POSTED BY on | January 9, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Dhoni is a master class in one dayers but has to prove his skills abroad. If we leave out the 2007 T20 world cup, there are no major overseas ODI victories. Even the 2013 Champions trophy victory was a fluke. Dhoni has not established himself as a test batsman and his wicket keeping skills cannot be compared to a Boucher or a AB DeVilliers or a Gilchrist. It is evident that Dhoni is extremely influential as he has the backing of Srini whose franchise he also captains. Dhoni has ensured the exit of all seniors such as Laxman , Dravid and Sachin and also sidelined his competitors such as Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Harbhajan. Dhoni has ensured that there is no player in the present lineup who can challenge his authority. Virat Kohli will take time to mature for captaincy. Rohit Sharma is on and off. Dhawan, Jadeja, Raina are all pretenders. Suddenly there is an absence of seniors who would be the ideal think tank in a crisis. Dhoni should give up Test Captaincy without any doubt...

  • POSTED BY Giant-Guru on | January 9, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Well there is no reason why we shouldn't have separate Captains for all 3 formats of the game, other countries do have so why not India. But one may say other countries are more professional, so the question is are we not, and the obvious answer is NO. Why can't you find 2 more men to lead the other formats and when there are players of that caliber are on the team. But we believe in one size fits all, which is where we have gone wrong.

    Its not too late to have a new young dynamic player with a new approach to lead the team at world cup 2015 if India is to win. The same old unorthodox and unilateral decision making is not going to work, well we can only pray that it works, but not always that the prayers are answered especially when there are other teams that not just pray but also play well. Steve Waugh was replaced with Ponting 12 months before the World Cup so why not Dhoni, and when we have replacement available at hand.

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | January 9, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    stormy16: The discussion is a necessary one for the test side. I'm sure Dhoni has no problems captaining. The problem is that he's not a good test keeper: He routinely fails to go for catches that fly between slips and the keeper. He rarely dives, meaning that unless the ball is in his "sphere of influence", it goes past him quite easily. He often fumbles the ball while collecting. See his keeping against fast bowling during the England tour(the 4-0 one). Further, his keeping on an up-down pitch to spinners is mediocre at best (compare Mongia to Kumble). So: mediocre test keeper, poor batsman outside the subcontinent. A test keeper has to be a good keeper first, and batting is a bonus. ODI keepers can be mediocre, as the pitches are typically true. Which basically means Dhoni would not be an automatic pick as a test keeper had he also not been captain (and a star player, and therefore immune to the criteria applied to lesser players). He's also an unimaginative test captain.

  • POSTED BY sanjeevbiswal1984 on | January 8, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Good article........,,............

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | January 8, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    I dont see why this discussion needs to be even had. Surely Dhoni is one of a kind who looks totally comfortable in his role as captain in all formats. If the issue is to prolong his career the only option I see is it to rest him from T20's after the WC in March but not to play Dhoni in T20 is like saying lets rest Chris Gayle from T20! One consideration could be after the 2015 WC in Aus to rest Dhoni from 50 over cricket. There will never be another Dhoni but there are plenty of wicket keeper batters in India.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Absolutely, he doesn't need to prove anything in terms of odis and T20s, he is the best man any team would love to have in their odi or T20 side as a batsman let alone Captaincy. No match for this man in the limited overs formats for this man in any team. As for Tests, yes, he has not done justice to his position. Captaining and Wicket keeping is fine but as a Test batsman, he is well short of the standards he has set for himself in the limited overs formats especially in overseas tours. Maybe he can give up wicket keeping and play as a batsman while captaining the side might help him to improve the batting. DK or Saha can be tested meanwhile. Let's hope he gets a few tons in NZ and Eng and elevate his game in Tests as well! Rock on MSD.!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 10, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    There are wicketkeepers in India ( Gautham, Sampson, DK, Saha) They just need to be sent on overseas A-trips - this will distinguish who is the best.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 10, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Yes slots in the team are limited. When we have Dhoni and the tail not able to contribute to the score with even a good 20/30 odd it makes the team weak in TESTS. To the opposition its like playing against half a team. All the good work by our top order goes to waste. Most teams have wicketkeepers who can bat - not India in tests. Dhoni is a shrewd captain in ODI as he thinks ahead of the opposition. He needs to lead from the front in tests. Unless he changes his batting in tests - well we will not improve. The SA tests are glaring example for all to see.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 9, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Despite many fans opposed to Dhoni continuing as Captain of the Indian Test team, the Selectors will continue with him. Dhoni has the president of the BCCI in his pocket & he controls the Selectors. In India it is always "who you Know" counts more than what your abilities are. If you have a powerful God Father, you always win. In the bargain INDIA loses! Whilst every Nation has different Captains for each format, India is burying its head in the sand as though no one but Dhoni can captain India. Pujara, Kohli, Rohit Sharma are all knowledgeable about Cricket & have captaincy experience - albeit not at the Test level. But then even Dhoni had Zero experience when he first captained India. Pujara has captained India A Team creditably at home & abroad for the past 18 months. Kohli has captained RCB in IPL & India ODI team In Zimbabwe- damn site better than MSD. Rohit captains Mumbai. Let these 3 be the captains of Test, ODI & T20 format. Time for de-monopolising & Change for the better-Eh!

  • POSTED BY ramli on | January 9, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    So, MSD is responsible for the seniors' exit ... despite their horrible form, fitness and what nots!! But, MSD is not responsible for any of the Indian glories over the years! What uncharitable comments!! Indians first should learn to appreciate and be realistic too! If MSD is replaced, will all woes in overseas tour get solved? I don't think there is any WK-batsman who is setting the national scene by fire! Just allow this man to continue till WC-2015, he will automatically give up test cricket to VK, who by then would have commanded every respect due from all players

  • POSTED BY on | January 9, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Dhoni is a master class in one dayers but has to prove his skills abroad. If we leave out the 2007 T20 world cup, there are no major overseas ODI victories. Even the 2013 Champions trophy victory was a fluke. Dhoni has not established himself as a test batsman and his wicket keeping skills cannot be compared to a Boucher or a AB DeVilliers or a Gilchrist. It is evident that Dhoni is extremely influential as he has the backing of Srini whose franchise he also captains. Dhoni has ensured the exit of all seniors such as Laxman , Dravid and Sachin and also sidelined his competitors such as Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Harbhajan. Dhoni has ensured that there is no player in the present lineup who can challenge his authority. Virat Kohli will take time to mature for captaincy. Rohit Sharma is on and off. Dhawan, Jadeja, Raina are all pretenders. Suddenly there is an absence of seniors who would be the ideal think tank in a crisis. Dhoni should give up Test Captaincy without any doubt...

  • POSTED BY Giant-Guru on | January 9, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Well there is no reason why we shouldn't have separate Captains for all 3 formats of the game, other countries do have so why not India. But one may say other countries are more professional, so the question is are we not, and the obvious answer is NO. Why can't you find 2 more men to lead the other formats and when there are players of that caliber are on the team. But we believe in one size fits all, which is where we have gone wrong.

    Its not too late to have a new young dynamic player with a new approach to lead the team at world cup 2015 if India is to win. The same old unorthodox and unilateral decision making is not going to work, well we can only pray that it works, but not always that the prayers are answered especially when there are other teams that not just pray but also play well. Steve Waugh was replaced with Ponting 12 months before the World Cup so why not Dhoni, and when we have replacement available at hand.

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | January 9, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    stormy16: The discussion is a necessary one for the test side. I'm sure Dhoni has no problems captaining. The problem is that he's not a good test keeper: He routinely fails to go for catches that fly between slips and the keeper. He rarely dives, meaning that unless the ball is in his "sphere of influence", it goes past him quite easily. He often fumbles the ball while collecting. See his keeping against fast bowling during the England tour(the 4-0 one). Further, his keeping on an up-down pitch to spinners is mediocre at best (compare Mongia to Kumble). So: mediocre test keeper, poor batsman outside the subcontinent. A test keeper has to be a good keeper first, and batting is a bonus. ODI keepers can be mediocre, as the pitches are typically true. Which basically means Dhoni would not be an automatic pick as a test keeper had he also not been captain (and a star player, and therefore immune to the criteria applied to lesser players). He's also an unimaginative test captain.

  • POSTED BY sanjeevbiswal1984 on | January 8, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Good article........,,............

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | January 8, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    I dont see why this discussion needs to be even had. Surely Dhoni is one of a kind who looks totally comfortable in his role as captain in all formats. If the issue is to prolong his career the only option I see is it to rest him from T20's after the WC in March but not to play Dhoni in T20 is like saying lets rest Chris Gayle from T20! One consideration could be after the 2015 WC in Aus to rest Dhoni from 50 over cricket. There will never be another Dhoni but there are plenty of wicket keeper batters in India.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | January 8, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Yes Dhoni should go - there are better options for the future

  • POSTED BY on | January 8, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Dhoni is way off the mark. Australia dumped Steve Waugh as one day captain exactly 12 months before 2003 World Cup, Ponting had plenty of time to adjust before that WC and Aus went undefeated! Dhoni clearly just wants to hangon for as long as possible. I guess the India selectors are too gutless to dump him.

  • POSTED BY U.A.1985 on | January 8, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    @cricfan_99 - at least the western neighbor were able to win more than a single game on their latest tour to SA. Remember first asian country to win a serr in SA: 2-1.

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | January 8, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Every time dhoni talk he only talk about odi cricket and 2015 World Cup never talk about India' teams test tours and test future .i think he more enjoying playing odi cricket then test .

  • POSTED BY Cricfan_99 on | January 8, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    @ Posted by 0mar1 on (January 8, 2014, 4:49 GMT) - "A tour where India did not win a single game is a great achievement indeed!" - well mate - it (1-0) is better than our western neighbour - who lost all their matches they played in SA (3-0) - 49 all out!!! i wouldn't be crowing so much if i were you.

  • POSTED BY 0mar1 on | January 8, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    MS Dhoni is very pleased with the recent team performance in South Africa.

    A tour where India did not win a single game is a great achievement indeed!

    The IPL heroes will just go back to playing backyard cricket and India fans can continue deluding themselves...

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | January 8, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    As long as Dhoni is there so will be Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina...When are the selectors going to look at our Bowling department??..Why are new bowling talents not recruited and given chance...Dhoni is almost destroying the test team with his arrogance...Are the selectors and Dhoni so dumb that they feel that the current crop of bowlers will take 20 wickets in test matches??? Rohit sharma is another failure in test matches but he will be given chances for the next 10 to 15 yrs till he scores a hundred in test matches in abroad...Pathetic

  • POSTED BY shivashakthi on | January 8, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    All MSD fans, can you please think of his international T20 record post 2007 world cup? He might be the hero for CSK as a captain & player but i don't see his achievement at T20 international level. Couldn't make it to the knock out stages in 3 attempts post 2007. Not sure if it changes in 2014 T20 WC as well. Really great achievement!!!

  • POSTED BY CurrentPresident on | January 8, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    I find it amusing that there is a total lack of senior players in the team all of a sudden. This has never happened before. Everyone except Dhoni is too young to lead. How did we get here?

    One by one, all seniors have been sidelined - Sehwag, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Gambhir, Laxman.. Maybe Harbhajan would have been a good captain - a bowling captain gives a certain aggression to the team and focuses on wicket taking.

  • POSTED BY Natx on | January 8, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    What in the world WC 2015 to do with test captaincy? It's an one-day word cup. Absurd rationale. MSD. please step down from test captaincy. You're not a fit for the test team in the first place and give that to Saha or DK who both can keep better and score 30-40 runs in at least 1 innings of a test. We do have Sanju Samson waiting in line who can take over the role in a year or two from now, after playing the 20-30 one day matches. This 70-80 match justification is not making any sense.

    Everyone knows what Mr. Nohit is doing now with 100+ one day matches. He will only score in 2 places - Subcontinent and to an extent in Australia where the ball doesn't swing match and comes to the bat nicely. In both NZ and Eng, he will be a walking wicket to swinging deliveries. All of us have seen his skills facing outswingers from Steyn. Anderson & Boult are waiting for their free wicket!

  • POSTED BY mshyder on | January 7, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    Typical case of someone who does not want to let go of the position of authority. Brother who is asking you to let go of ODI leadership, why not step down from T20s. That will give ample opportunity to the new captain to be groomed for bigger assignment, but unfortunately in this part of the world we do not let go of the position of authority with ease unless one is really forced out of the door.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | January 7, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    I don't recall MSD playing 70-80-90 games consistently to retain his captaincy? Yes he is a great finisher in ODIs and has the best success rate for Indian ODI captains. So if he is talking about the WC 2015 he can continue as captain. However he is terrible in Tests and needs to justify his place let alone captain it. The selectors have to axe him as Test captain and make someone like Ashwin or Rohit as captain. Also MSD should retire from Tests or play as a wicket keeper batsman. India has a young test team and it needs a fresh captain and it is ok if they fail a few times but they will come out stronger. MSD lacks aggressive instinct in Tests and he makes bad selection calls often.

    Selectors need to identify and bring in more young fast bowlers and spinners at the Test level. Send youngsters to English county or on A tours to SA and Aus.

  • POSTED BY FormerMiner on | January 7, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    I find it funny that in a year that saw no team win an away test series, there is talk about the Indian Captain (a) being unfit to lead in test matches (b) unqualified as a player in test matches. This after he delivered a blockbuster 75% winning record (close second after SA's 77%) that included a record six back-to-back wins with a team consisting of players with practically no experience! Coming from the abyss of 2012, 2013 was a great year - a year of fightback - and the tone for test match batting was set via a blistering double century by .....hold your breath...that aforesaid captain!

  • POSTED BY Planetindia on | January 7, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Dhoni is right and We need him as indian Captain in WC 2015. As for those that are doubting Dhoni's ability to Captain, Needs to Go back and See Champion Trophy Final. Under Dhoni's captaincy, India won WC, Champion Trophy, Test #1 and We are still #2 team in All Format of the Game, All this while having One of the Worst Bowling Unit in the world.Indian People need to be Thankful for the Fact that We have One of the Great Mind person as Indian Captain.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 7, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Shami is the new find... but Bhuvi was the same just a couple of series ago... He will be in the team as long as there is no contention with Mr Ishant sharma...... As soon as you pose any threat to Dhoni or those talented but...non-performing players... you will be benched and eventually dropped... your performances do not mean a thing... Ask Ojha

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 7, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    BTW I would like to commend who ever brought that question to Dhoni...my only regret was..why they did not go for the kill... by asking never mind ODI.. what about tests....

    Dhoni is very clever and took it as if he was being asked about ODI captaincy.. You must be an idiot to ask Dhoni on his ODI captaincy... He is by far the best and it suits him perfect.

    Now the question is the TEST cricket... other than gaining exposure, getting experience.... what else did the bowlers achieve... This series was great for the young IND batsmen who played their hearts out...

    But what about the bowlers.. we still have the same two Zaheer and Ishant in the final X1.. for both the tests and the next tour.... same two who featured in the previous two away white washes...

    How many more do they need to try the reserve bench..?

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 7, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    @cricketsunami

    To get ppl he want in the team, Dhoni can come up with IDIOTIC reasons..... like Rohit sharma can bowl in a test match... There is Rahane waiting for ages for his test debut.. and when finally there is an opening you hand it over to Rohit sharma in the best possible conditions against a what 10th ranked team.....

    Rahane gets a single chance in ODIs... poor chap gets to bat in the worst possible circumstances and then gets banished immediately... and has to wait a year to play the next one...

    And Rohit.. I remember he scored a fringe of <10 scores with a couple of ducks in a row successively.. but still gets to bounce back into the team time and again.....

    Now do you see any bias here...?

  • POSTED BY gdalvi on | January 7, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Dhoni must go in tests - he has become a HUGE liability. As people pointed out, he is useless batsmen oversees. He is mediocre keeper. In tests you need a keeper who can convert half chances to wickets, but Dhoni simply can't do it either. Dhoni supporters are claiming some of his past records, made mostly in India, on why he should continue- but when Dhoni tried to push out other vastly superior players - the same supporters would have said current performance is important. Dhoni supporters are talking about "cool head" and other fanciful ideas which have no real merit. What's cool about losing 9 out of 10 overseas tests? I would rather have a uncool caption who could have at least drawn half of them. This is cricket - not junior college. For last six years he has been wailing about bowlers, but what has HE done to actively address the problem? I strongly believe he was given many yound bowling options, but he simply has NO CLUE on how to use them to their potential. Please pub.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 7, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    @cricketsunami

    I guess I will also start with one player at a time... After the horrendous display in the three ODIs in SA, why no Pujara in the ODIs?

    You are certainly sure there is no bias there?

    When Pujara was making the case for his ODI debut, Dhoni said.. he has to think where to slot him in... I guess he is still thinking about it for the last one year and if those 3 pathetic losses for a World champion have not opened his eyes to see Pujara.... then what does it take for Pujara to be selected to the ODI team... On away pitches, I daresay he can replace any of the current batsmen in the team.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 7, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    @cricketsunami

    You are right... I do not consider Dinesh Karthik as an emerging player.. if I go with his age or experience....

    But I would like him to consider himself to be one and push himself to the best of his abilities to make a consistent run at the highest level...

    Same with Pankaj singh or Rishi Dhawan or Irfan or Samson...

    You should be ever evolving and ever emerging until you meet the ultimate goal..

    And if BCCI, selection committee, Dhoni cannot provide a plausible justification to the selected individuals and cannot provide that glimmer of hope for these EMERGING talents...... if they cannot.. then do not expect to find those two fast bowlers that can rattle the opposition, or those spinners that can run through the sides or those technically sound batsmen that can stand their ground on a 5th day pitch to save a test match in hostile conditions...

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    Dhoni is smart. He has cemented his place by making this comment. cksukkr

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 7, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    @Cricketsunami; Your comments regarding Dhoni being the best wk/batsman in India are correct based on record. If you look at his record abroad, he cannot match it with the home record. Dhoni lacks the footwork & defence needed to succeed abroad. In my opinion, Saha is technically a better batsman than Dhoni because of his correct batting technique. But the issue here is his Captaincy in Tests. It has not been up to scratch - especially abroad. Some of the basics expected of a captain- balanced XI selection, field placement, tactical battles - have been flawed. The worst aspect was inflexible attitude in retaining the same XI irrespective of the situation. He discouraged Guys like Pujara, Rahane, Ojha, U.Yadev & Mishra by repeated benching, to make them look unwanted! A "good Captain" makes an average player look great. MSD made even Pujara look small by his tongue lashing in view of TV cameras! Today Indian bowling looks weak because MSD expects to WIN with 4 Bowlers in 5 day Tests !

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    For both the T20 World Cup and 2015 ODI World Cup the critical development is Varun Aaron. Zaheer is already 35 years old and the wicket taking ability of Ashwin is a question mark. The 3 seamers are Varun, Shami and Ishant with ODI economy rates of 5.1, 5.39 and 5.66. Varun List-A eco rate is 4.83, but has not played a lot and expected to projected around 5.1 after the NZ ODI series. This gives the expected combination of 5.3 for the 3 seamers. Mishra and Jadeda have ODI eco rates of 4.7 but Mishra has a good bowling strike rate. For for the T20 and 2015 World cup the choice right now is : Varun Shami Ishant Mishra and Jadeja. For openers it may seem like Gambhir and Sehwag have to be included inspite of their fielding: Gambhir Sehwag Kohli Rahane Raina and Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    I think its time we copied England and Australias idea of having different captains for different formats, as it allows new talent to get a chance and better rotation of squad. Dhonis place in Test team has always been suspect but can we really blame Dhoni for SA loss ? We take quickies like Umesh Yadav but doesnt get a game but a 36 year old Zack and Ishant Sharma are given preference. We take a classical left arm spinner in Ojha but Dhonis favourite Ashvin was played all the time and was shown to be very ineffective.

    Hence selection of players for squad is really affecting Team India, when you have guys like Pankaj Singh and others doing their best in domestic cricket rather than play them on helpful wickets, BCCI and selectors prefer to stick with Zack and Ishant Sharma then what can you expect.

    Poor guys like Rahane who should have been above the likes of Rohit Sharma is left to bat with lower order who cant even give a stand for him. BCCI need to be accountable fr SA loss

  • POSTED BY johnstanley on | January 7, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    I do not expect the captain in power to say anything different. It should not be Dhoni's decision where he remains captain or not. When Graeme Smith was appointed the captain there was no such concern and BCCI should appoint a new captain at the earliest. Virat Kohli would be a very good candidate. Dhoni should step down.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 7, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    @cricketsunami

    Why would Pujara be under tremendous pressure......I think he can adequately fill in the shoes and do on-par with a 0-9 out of 10 away....

    I too doubt it might affect his batting, if he takes it too seriously like the way Dravid did... but Pujara seems to have it in him to handle pressure...

    Only time will tell... and only if he gets a chance...

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | January 7, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    MSD is still the best captain for ODI and T20, not to mention he is also one of the Worl'd top batsmen in ODI. Test match is where his record is not that good. Maybe Pujara can be groomed for test captaincy. Kohli is too immature to be a successful captain.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | January 7, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    @BhushanB: Thanks for re rereading my comments. But before I answer it, I have a question. Do you really consider Karthick as an emerging player? Now due to shortage of space let me answer tow of the players you had mentioned. Rest you can check on cricinfo for their statistics to know why were they selected. Now Jadeja is selected because he is straight selection simply as a bowler. He was golden Ball in Champions trophy, he was second highest wicket taker (a couple of less wickets than) ashwin against Australia who were beaten 4-0 and the only test he played in SA he took a 6 for. Now his superb fielding and batting is a bonus. Ashwin is the leading spinner in India (check his FC statistics and also international) and you will know why is he in the team. Irfan is spent force. Check his stats of last 5 years and you will know that too. Rest please compare players stats on status guru and let me know which one has better average than any of the current players except Sharmas.

  • POSTED BY PMadhavarao on | January 7, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Dhoni should quit playing test cricket due to his off stump weakness. He is no doubt pretty good for T20/ODI as he is free to swing his bat around by the time he steps in to bat.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 7, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    @cricketsunami

    When I re-read your post, I came across this gem of a question: Any guess why Ishant is in the team and bowlers like Pankaj are no where near the team?

    My guess is it is the same reason why some people like...... Rohit, Ashwin, Jadeja, Ishant, RP, Raina (sorry still could not digest RP from 2011 Eng series, when he was dragged from Caribbean vacation straight to playing X1) make it to the team even after failure after failure or persisted with even after continuous failures on away tours...

    And I guess it is the same reason why people like Rahane, Pujara (ODI), Ojha, Bhuvi, Umesh, and now injured and obscured players like Irfan, Manoj Tiwary, Praveen kumar will always find themselves outside the playing X1

    And Forget about emerging talent like Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Harmeet singh, Baba Aparajth, Sanju Samson, Rishi Dhawan, Vijay Zol, Sandeep Sharma, Pankaj Singh, will never see the light..

    AND WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT DAUNTING REASON IS?

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | January 7, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Dhoni is a great player and captain in the shorter form of the game but lacks imagination in the longer format of the game. His performance is satisfactory in India where wickets help the spinners but generally struggles overseas with his fast bowlers He needs to show faith in his fast bowlers, his lack of confidence results. He needs to make them believe that they are just as good as any other bowlers in the opposition, he should demand greater effort from them. I think he should give up the captaincy in test matches, Rohit Sharma will be my choice. He showed great liking for the job with Mumbai Indians, Kohli can also be a great leader but I see him a dangerous weapon for India with bat.

  • POSTED BY dailycric on | January 7, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Dhoni may be the best man to captain India at the moment - but dispassionately speaking, is he the best Test keeper in India today? Saha is better behind the stumps; Parthiv Patel is a far better Test batsman, good enough to bat in the top 6 (which Dhoni, in conditions abroad, is not); Sanju Samson has the potential to be a better keeper and batsman than Dhoni. This has implications for team balance. We don't get 20 wickets because we don't have the bowling quality. The only solution is quantity - play 5 bowlers. But we don't have a genuine batting all-rounder who is good enough to bat at 6 - it seems doubtful that Jadeja is even good enough for 7. Playing 5 bowlers however means MSD bats at 6 - and he himself knows he is not good enough to bat that high. Hence the extra batsman who cannot contribute with the ball (or, in Rohit Sharma's case, with the bat either). An ideal Test 11 would have Rahane at 5, Parthiv at 6, Ashwin groomed to be a long-term 7, Jadeja at 8, and 3 seamers.

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | January 7, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    But there is no point in overly blaming Dhoni for Indias failures in Tests. It is not even bowlers. It is actually Indian athletes altogether. True test cricket is played in Australia, South Africa and England. The conditions there are balanced for batsmen and bowlers. And over 5 days luck won't work much. The athletes from Australia, South Africa and England have stronger hearts for competition. India's not as Olympics prove. India are not even close. The favourable results India get by using flat pitches actually puts off India building up a real proper test XI.

  • POSTED BY immi2711 on | January 7, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    as an outsider (from Pakistan), DHONI is hands down the best captain in cricket right now. Hi maturity, his demeanour, his attitude, his calmness, his conferences are overflowing with confidence, which carries on to the field and and to his players.

    Sadly, I do not see anyone in the current Indian line with Dhoni's chacterstics. You all are pretty quick to put Virat on the mantle, but I have seen a lot of immaturity from him on and off the filed to pass the baton to him. Yes he is a good player, and he has confidence in his game, but he does not show maturity of a captain like Dhoni or Dravid or Sangakara or Mahela, or Misbah or Ponting.

    So I would say leave Dhoni on until Virat matures up, gets his attitude right. With Dhoni on the helm, India will be favourite to bring in another trophy...

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | January 7, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    India doesnt need a new leader for ODI.. Its the only team that has an assured leader to lead the team atleast until next WC!

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | January 7, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Whoever the captain is, India is likely to fail because of poor pace bowling. India failed to groom new breed of pace bowlers. Instead they kept Zaheer and Ishant. That is enough reason for failure.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Dhoni has been captain from 5 yrs bt he never tried to include nd improve pacers in the team bt he has left out many pacy bowlers becas dhoni wants his csk team players in the team rather then Gambir,ojha,miishra,yuvi,zaheer dhoni prefered ashwin,vijay,Raina, jadeja nd ishanth..

  • POSTED BY Cricket_is_my_dream on | January 7, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Dear cricinfo, please create one poll regarding Dhoni's captiancy in all the formats

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Becas of Dinesh karthik opening partnerships in england in 2007 series India won 1-0 test series and Dk made one century thr. So dont underestimate karthik becas he is techniqualy better equiped then dhoni, if u compare dhoni with karthik on bouncy tracks in test matches karthik has avg 42 compare to Dhoni avg 22.. so whose better on bouncy pitches..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Dhoni is best captain at the moment

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | January 7, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    @Sandeepbachhal Defntly he is suprb. But plz dont favour some players.. I think jadeja,vijay dont desrv to play for india. Really? Jadeja was the golden ball winner in the champions trophy in England. Jadeja was the second highest wicket taker and main reason for India to white wash Australia 4-0 in India and Jadeja took a 6 for in only test match he played in SA and you say Jadeja doesn't deserve to be in the team. Similarly Vijay almost scored a century (97 runs) in the second test in SA against Steyn and co on fast and bouncy pitches and had two consecutive hundreds as an opener against Australia and you say he also doesn't deserve to be in the team. I guess you and I are watching different game. Or may be you have a different parameters to judge these players.

  • POSTED BY SHAHUDHA on | January 7, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    no one can replace him....he is better enough to indian team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    let dhoni be captain only for odi & t20 and pujara can be rewarded for test matches

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 7, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    @cricketsunami

    Totally agree with you...that India needs to find two fast bowlers... and do you really think that is possible with Dhoni at the helm?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Virat is able to lead Indian team in T20 and ODI World Cup.Dhoni must be test captain.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | January 7, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    There are selectors who will decide if Dhoni is good enough to continue in test matches. Oh! I forgotten there is a Srinivasan on top of selectors. Dhoni will continue until India loose 50 overseas test matches. That will be a proud record for him.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | January 7, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    @ krishna_IND I fully agree with you. There is no substitute for Dhoni as a wicket keeper/batsman in India at the moment. Karthik and Saha are no match to Dhoni any where in the world (foreign or home soil). In my opinion selectors should keep an eye on Sanju Samson (U-19 player) as a replacement of Dhoni the wicket/keeper batsman going in to future. Any of the current lot like Parthiv, Karthick or Saha are not even one tenth of what Dhoni is. No one should forget that Dhoni the wicket keeper/ batsman is the best India has ever produced. And off course his captaincy is really a bonus for team India. His captaincy has till now saved many a batsmen from chewing their nails and flaring tempers when going gets tough. Its really unfortunate that we are discussing Dhoni the player/captain instead of talking about finding two good fast bowler for the team. Any guess why Ishant is in the team and bowlers like Pankaj are no where near the team?

  • POSTED BY Sandeepbachhal on | January 7, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Defntly he is suprb. But plz dont favour some players.. I think jadeja,vijay dont desrv to play for india. Even raina is not performing from last one & half year or so. Bt he is still continuing with these players. U will have to pay for this in losing world cup trophy. In india its more difficult to get opportunity than to make good score. Take yuvi, zak & gambhir in team & give them tym to get settled for nxt world cup. I hope u dont hold any grudges for these. U r loosing ur natural efforts in making control on whole team. Dont loose ur concentration for world cup.. Still a little way to go. All d best.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | January 7, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    @Me_A_Gemini , And I thought UAE is like home for PAK. Its not fast and bouncy pitch like SA or Australia. I will not consider any performance in UAE for subcontinent teams as foreign pitch.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 7, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    For TESTS, true.. there is no one experienced enough.. but how experienced was DHONI when you was handed over the reins.... If he can captain INDIA with the likes of Sachin, Dravid, VVs in the team... then why not a Pujara lead INDIA in tests and Kohli in T20s...Are they not experienced enough to lead the young team..

    They are better experienced than Dhoni when he was made the captain..

    They have played enough FC cricket, captained their IPL teams or INDIA-A sides...

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | January 7, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    YES, until a Kholi or Pujara stamps thier authority in Tests. Although Dhoni's tactics at times are criticized (like not bowling Shami after Tea on Day 5 at Wandrers), he is still the right man. If Kholi, Pujara survive the knives in NZ, Eng and Aus then can be in the race for captaincy. At this juncture it should be discussed. See what happened to Gauti, when media upped his aspirations, ego clicked in and he is out of team now. Kholi seems obvious choice, but its not going to be easy coz there is Rohit who has aspirations, so does Raina and i read somewhere that Ashwin could be a good choice.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 7, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    @bharath74

    One series.... did you just start watching cricket in the last one year.... FYI india did lose two series.. both white washes at ENG and AUS... and two more waiting in the near future....

    Cook was very fortunate to still be in office, after that Ashes whitewash....that too when you are the No.1 team in tests and now being No.2 and still not performing to the expectations..

    Its time to look ahead for future in TEST cricket.. and I do not see Dhoni or his TEST X1 selection or his bias or his tactics being a part of it..

    ODIs is different altogether.. and I do not think anyone would question his place in that format...

    T20s are a good way to introduce Kohli to captaincy... and in due course he can take over the ODI when Dhoni hangs up his boots...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 7, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Dhoni's characteristics are in phase with shorter Cricket format. He is a good Captain for T20, average captain for ODI's & a Poor Captain for the Tests. The sad part is he does not seem to understand the blunders he makes in Tests have hurt India badly- incl. losing the recent Test series in SA. Now that the New breed of young players like Pujara, Kohli, Rahane & Rohit Sharma are available to carry India forward, India needs a New Captain both for Tests & ODI's. Let Dhoni captain T20. The "new Captain" must have clear understanding of the basics of Cricket, XI selection, field placing, tactics & planning. He should encourage young talent. Bowlers should be encouraged by having guaranteed 5 specialist spots in XI. Captain needs to understand what "tired legs" are & dip into the reserves in the squad. Dhoni is grossly deficient in all of these requisites & has proved it via his actions & poor record overseas. Even his WK has fallen short. His excels is in justifying his blunders!

  • POSTED BY krishna_IND on | January 7, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    let alone captaincy he is the best wicket keeping batsman india has ever produced. dhoni: 81-127-15-4342-224-38.76:MAT-INN-NO-RUNS-HS-AVG. and some body are speaking that DK is technically good player, are u kidding me KD: 16-24-1-491-93-21.34.that too he played only one series overseas. he is not even good player in odis and you are talking about tests.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    I think we need to play dhoni as a batsman in tests, and start preparing another wicket keeper who will take over when he retires. Saha and Karthik both are capable enough. We just need to show some faith, and vision towards the future. I remember how badly India struggled with finding a good wicket keeper after Mongia (and before Dhoni). Let's hope selectors and management don't repeat the same mistake.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | January 7, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    But to accommodate other younger players he kept moving lower the order and has lost his bite. He should be a bit selfish and bat at number 5 as an aggressive batsman. He will get hold on the batting even in overseas conditions. Remember, the guy stood up to Shoaib Akhtar at his fasted and clubbed him for fours and sixes. So MSD has talent to be a dominant batsman in tests too provided he pays a lot of attention to it and plays at his usual number 5 position. And changing captain even in test atm will be disaster for the team and new captain, unless we get two world class fast bowlers or another spinner of Ajmal's caliber. Unless we get that bowler, Pujara and kohli 9as a captain) will come under tremendous stress and fail. In the process they will lose their batting too due to undue pressure and lack of focus.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | January 7, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    MSD is playing roles of three players. A wicket keeper, a batsman and a captain. This exposes him for criticism for all three front. He is considered a bad WK even though he has best record of wickets/test match than any WK in Indian cricket history. But he is still a bad WK for many fans. Similarly, he has best batting averages than any other WK in Indian cricket history. But he is still considered a bad WK/batsman. As we all know WK and batting records are of his own ( no team contribution there). And off course MSD has best captaining records in tests than any captain from India in the history of test cricket. He is still considered as not fit for tests. I think MSD took captaining the side too seriously and became too much responsible for the team. His batting position was number 5 and he should have stick to that position. All his best innings have come playing higher up the order and not at number 7, continued....

  • POSTED BY krishna_IND on | January 7, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    @Srikanth Siddareddy so you say that by changing the captain india will win tests overseas,Great logic.Then can he make india win the match in which the target is 450 odd vs SA.Are you guys mad how can he place the aggressive field if the opposition batsman are middling every ball,our bowlers cant even bowl the bouncers to keep shot leg fielder.If captaincy is given to pujara that will affect his batting,let him first play well in the other pitches also(eng,aus) to claim his spot in 3rd place,even experienced Sachin,and dravid,laxman were unable to bear that(captaincy) pressure.He is doing that in odis by playing the role which there was no one in the history of the indian cricket as a finisher, without him it would have been pre dhoni era where we loose to score even 50-60 runs after loosing our top order.he cant do it in tests because u need to take 20 wikets to win the match.We witnessed what happened in the first test in SA. He is the best captain in any of the format for india.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    plz dont go MS :( india definetly needs u , u ll surely bounce back

  • POSTED BY Capricorn60 on | January 7, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Although perhaps there are some grounds for MSD stepping down as Test captain based on his recent performances as a batsman too in SA, don't think there are any viable alternatives right now. Both the lead candidates to take over - Pujara & Kohli - are just finding their feet in Test cricket & frankly, they both were not wholly impressive in their captaincy when they respectively led the A sides to SA & Zimbabwe last year. Think for now the selectors should concentrate their efforts on finding MSD a much better Test pace bowling attack - so he can show a lot more positivity & confidence in his front line bowlers from now on & never ever be in a position again like that 4th morning of the recent Durban Test where he didn't take the new ball due to being fearful his seam bowlers would leak loads of runs rather than taking wickets! Was really a sad indictment of the quality of our bowling that day!

  • POSTED BY aativas on | January 7, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Hmm.. and I thought it is the job of the Selectors to finalize who should lead Indian cricket team. Dhoni is fast becoming all that he criticized ... Power changes human beings ...:-(

  • POSTED BY krishna_IND on | January 7, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Hello all the cricket pandits here you know that he is effective (as a captain)in odis and not in test and you don't know why?he is successfull in odis because of his matured field placements which works even though the bowlers are not good because the bats man mind set is to attack the bowler for example champions trophy final vs eng the wicket of bopara,ashwin was placed in the perfect place in the perfect situation.And not needed to say how intelligent captain he is in the bowl out vs pak,ultimately the finals vs pak the match is surely paks the last catch taken by the short fine leg makes him the first captain to win first T20WC. But u cant find such kind of things in test matches because it has to be the bowlers who has to take wickets without 2 good quick bowlers how can you expect to win a match overseas vs good teams having 3-4 best fast bowlers. If someone else takes captaincy,then he has to scratch his head in overseas match and loose his batting skills and ruin his career.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Dhoni must resign frm t20 captaincy becas he should give a youngster to chance improve..

  • POSTED BY thinkgood on | January 7, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy is arguably the best India has ever seen. No need to change the horse in the middle of the stream. If MSD only improves his batting averages in foreign soil , it would do him and India a great deal of good. Go MSD !

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Although i am a big fan of pakistan but I recon MS Dhoni is the living cricket Legend despite there loss to SA recently. One must saw wat he had done to Ind cricket till now, what India achieved uptill now was not possible without him, hatsof to him and his contributions

  • POSTED BY SanjuKarthikeyan on | January 7, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    This is the right time to get young Sanju Samson in the squad, let him play the practice matches, let him learn from the master. He will be ready to play as the wicket keeper batsman when Dhoni call it a day. Virat will be ready for captaincy then (hopefully).

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Pujara should be given a chance as Test Captain he has led India A

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    No disruptive person should be brought in as part of the support staff (a la Greg Chappel, John Buchanan, Mickey Arthur, or someone under the microscope at the moment in England); or as a Captain (was worried about Michael Clarke during the Ponting's days and partly under Arthur's days; but turned out to just fine, as a Captain, with Lehman's jovial gentle style around), till Dhoni gets his new breed settle down in international cricket. Wishing Dhoni & his boys (at last that word, boys, sound appropriate), all the best.

  • POSTED BY LongLiveTestCricket on | January 7, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Agree with most of the other here.. There is no question over his ability in ODI & T20 teams as player or captain but he has been found wanting in Tests particularly overseas. We miss badly a solid batsman of the calibre of DK there. Also with the worst tail in the world, a non- contributing WK-batsmen can be ill-afforded. We can rest assured with this scenario that even if 2 batsmen score big hundreds, team would barely cross 400 which is injustice to those guys too. Maybe its time for MSD to leave this format as he had hinted in 2012 as he doesn't have the caliber to play as an overseas Test batsmen alone.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    What's he even talking about? People want to him to resign only Test captaincy. In ODIs, he's still as good as any other captain at the moment. And as for T20s, nobody really cares. Do we?

  • POSTED BY procric on | January 7, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    He has developed a very thick skin. He has no place in the test side.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 7, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    The batting line up seems like it is getting strong for India - but for all kinds of wickets, they need some bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    He is not a great batsman in Test Cricket, they said... He has the HIGHEST TEST SCORE by any Indian Captain, they never said..

    He doesn't bat for long hours in Tests, they said.. He bats at no. 7 and only has Tailenders as his partners, still he averages over 40 in tests, they never said...

    He is ordinary in tests, they said.. He is the highest run getter of India as a wicket keeper - batsman in tests, they never said..

    He doesn't know to bat in tests, they said.. He is the 3rd highest run getter of the world as a wicket keeper - batsman in tests after Sangakkara and Gilchrist, they never said...

    I dnt know wat else this peoples need... I rate dhoni second best wicket keeper batsman (current players in Test) next to sanga... sanga is a far better batsman(In Test) apart from him who else in the world is good in test arena... please stop bashing him and salute MSD

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    i am srilankan...bt with out any problem any cricket lovers must acpect he is the best captain in world now...he has very gd average and gd personality...any one is in 50 average is nt a great crickter he must have decipline in cricket ground..and that why dhoni is such a great crickter.

  • POSTED BY moscowman on | January 7, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Presently I find no one mature enough to replace MSD. Viraat is budding as a fine player ,but ,he is immature. Gets annoyed easily. At times when some body makes a blunder,he is unable to control his facial expressions. He shoud learn first to control his emothions,in which there is no one to beat MSD.Viraat now will make the team tense as all will be nervous. I feen Dhoni is good enough for a coupl,e of years more if not longer. Let us cross the bridge when we come to it. GO ON DHONI

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Well People all over saying Dhoni doesnt deserve to be test captain,yes agreed totally . He isnt as effective as he is ODIs and T20s as captain or Batsman . Retrospect guys ,Still all the other guys in team are inexperienced non of them can be made captain unless atleast an year . Bringing back Gambhir as captain isnt a good idea first let him settle in the team as a batsman then think about captaincy .

  • POSTED BY Gud_Crkt on | January 7, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Those who are commenting against Dhoni have Short Time memory loss think!!!

  • POSTED BY abmughal on | January 7, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    to all who r complaining about Dhoni captaincy in test matches, i want to ask only one question. test matches are won by taking 20 wickets and if u r playing in eng SA Aus or NZ u need good pace batttery. now Does he has got enough pace bowlers to beats others in their own backyards. second if u see the both test matches in SA ....bowling department let india down not the batting third i must say if SA or Aus are winning today that is just because of their bowling strenght not by their batting. if u take steyn and philander out of SA and Haris and johsan out of Aus, can boht teams win even at their own soil...never for me it is the fault of indian pace bowling for me even spin bowling is toothless in overseas conditons......hats off for dhoni great man and great captains give dhoni mitchel or junaid or steyn u will see the results....

  • POSTED BY Giant-Guru on | January 7, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    The greed of MS Dhoni and his reluctance to delegate and share some authority is what has been creating the worst scenarios on the ground that left millions of fans scratching their head as to what's going on the field. The logic that he gives about a new captain before the world cup is totally irrational as with the decision to continue bowling the old ball after long being overdue.

    Now is the time for BCCI to take a call on a new captain for ODIs for the world cup 2015 for if they don't, then it will be too late. Virat Kohli has shown the kind of maturity needed to be a captain and BCCI must decide on him, to instil a new spirit in the Indian team who are tigers at home and lame sheep outside on fast pitches. We saw Dhoni's lack of technique on SA tours, so were the short comings of Rohit's and Dhawan's batting. World cup 2015 is to take place in Aus/NZ and not on those batsmen friendly sub-continental pitches where an un-orthodox helicopter shot of Dhoni would fetch you runs.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | January 7, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Dhoni is a immense player when it comes to ODI.He is mentally one of the toughest guy that i have ever seen.He is a kind of a guy who will leave 6 balls in a row of the best opposition bowler when 70 runs is required in 6 overs and still he would score 70 runs in next 5 over.Most valuable ODI cricketer not only of India but also of world cricket at the moment. Its funny that some says bring back "technically sound" Karthik in tests in place of Dhoni.Really? Karthik was given opportunity before Dhoni in tests and averaged just 27 in 20 odd tests matches.Dhoni's test record may look bad when you compare it to his ODI record but still he averages 38.76.On the other DK's first class average is only 40.

    Hopefully talismanic Dhoni will keep on entertaining us for at least 5 more years in all formats

  • POSTED BY himanshu.team on | January 7, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    I agree with Dhoni here and I feel he is talking in the same line as he did an year back. He is fit, playing well and leading the side admirably. There is no need to disturb the balance, just for the sake of having a new captain. India showed good fight against the porteas and are favorites for the NZ tour. Dhoni himself, and young batters and bowlers, will get excellent exposure this year of playing in seam and swing friendly places like NZ, England and Australia. That should be good preparation for the side and we should have a well settled and balanced side for 2015 WC by the end of this year.

  • POSTED BY MAYURESHmagic on | January 7, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    drop ishant sharma from every format to make opposition allout. there are plenty bowlers in india, his wicket taking average in test is equal to scoring average of good batsman.

  • POSTED BY fairfan70 on | January 7, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    The ideal scenario is for Dhoni to hand the captaincy of the Test team to someone else and groom that person until next year. That way, the new captain will have Dhoni's support until he quietly brings down curtains on his Test career whenever he wants to (clearly his batting and glove work have been average outside India). For the ODI/T20 team, Dhoni should continue to lead until next year's world cup and take a call at the end of it, if he still has hunger to continue then.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    My team fr world cup in 2015 with batting order follow: 1. Gambir 2. Dhawan 3. Pujara 4. Kholi 5. Yuvi 6. Dhoni 7. Irfan pathan 8. Ashwin 9. Arron 10. Umesh 11. Zaheer (if he is fully fit) 12. Jadeja 13. Shami Ahmed 14. Rohith 15. Bhuvanesh nd 16. Rahane. its purely selected on the basis of bouncy condition and wr we need fast bowling alrounders..

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | January 7, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    The selectors should relieve him of TEST captaincy (drop for a new pair of legs) He is okay to captain ODI up to end of next world cup. In tests a slot is lost in the batting department as his contributions are just not there (maybe if he works on his batting) Selectors should get tough with our tailenders - they should be dropped if they cannot contribute a 30/40 runs. REALLY if a pacer cannot take wickets and then does not score valuable tailend runs THEN WHAT ARE THEY DOING IN THE TEAM??????????? We saw that in the SA tests.

  • POSTED BY storm81 on | January 7, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @Me_A_Gemini - Pakistan lost a test & ODI to Zimbabwe, the rankings don't lie. End of story.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | January 7, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @ Me_A_Gemini I mentioned Misbah's name out of respect not to demean him. One of the SL commentor wrote that dhoni doesn't have a 50 in T20s. I was just mentioning that even Misbah doesn't have a 100 in ODIs but he is still one of the best ODI batsman in the world. And regarding the situation hats off to Misbah for leading the PAK team in crisis. I have always admired him and PAK team. Peace Sir.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Dhoni has never scored a century in tests,one days on bouncy pitches lik Aus,NZ, west indies, Zim and England, In T20s he has not scored single fiftey nd his strike rate 95. How can anyone support him..

  • POSTED BY zarasibaat on | January 7, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    MSD is the best captain I have seen. Reason: 1. He is mentally very tough. 2. He is very calm and cool. 3. He knows how to fight. 4. He is the best finisher. 5. He respect other people. 6. He is not selfish. 7. His thinking is not only till the end of his career. 8. He has given India a team of future. 9. He is good in all formats of cricket. 10 Over All Dhoni is "Dhani" (Lucky) Regards, Mohammad Tariq

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Surely he needs to give up the captaincy of one of the 3 sides. What happens if he were to be injured for the 2015 WC. You would need SOMEONE else in the squad...

  • POSTED BY arnav.c on | January 7, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Dhoni should immediately retire from Test Cricket and continue in ODI/T20 till atleast 2015 WC. He has no technique and cant play outside India. His away average is atrocious. Look at people like Haddin, ABD, Sanga , Prior(till lately !!) who are proper test batsman.

    In test , Gambhir should be back as captain and Dinesh Karthik as WK with Shikhar going out. Then the team looks like Murli, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, DK ie 7 proper batsmen...the four bowlers could be any combo of Zaheer,Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant,Ojha, Ashwin, Jadeja. Ideally outside subcontinent , the 4 bowlers should be Zaheer, Shami, Bhuvi and Ojha. In India , Bhuvi could be dropped for Ashwin. The batting line up has to be the 7, I named.

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | January 7, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    I can't understand the scenario behind these statements. Dhoni is the best captain India could have and even many International teams would prefer someone like him to lead their teams. I am a Sri Lankan and I admire Dhoni's captaincy very much.

  • POSTED BY Me_A_Gemini on | January 7, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1: Calm down buddy. How do you know that the writer is from PAK? I am sure you can find many of this name in India, don't you?. Secondly, whatever PAK batsmen averages are, they are doing enough for PAK to win matches continuously outside PAK. I will be extremely interested to see Dhoni leading this Indian team if he faces a situation which PAK team is facing. NOT A SINGLE MATCH IN PAKISTAN means NOT A SINGLE MATCH ON THE TRACKS ON WHICH PAK CAPTAIN AND TEAM PLAYS AND GETS DOMESTIC EXPERIENCE. Also, the averages of Indian batsmen in this situation would be noticeable. What do you think?

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    It is good that selectors or the players themselves don't read news reports or the comments below them. Shudder to think about the team that would be selected if they were to go by the recommendations given in the comments columns ( like in this case!!!). Comedy time at its best.

  • POSTED BY rohit.sridhar on | January 7, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Dhoni needs to make way for another captain for the test team. His performance, both as a batsman and captain, whilst traveling, is not up to scratch over the last couple of years, in specific. Over this period, he's consistently displaying very poor shot selection and technique leaving the ball outside the off stump. His signature ingenuity, bold and unorthodox decision making as an ODI captain are so evidently missing in the longer version. They have, consequently, been several examples where India has conceded advantage to opponents. His past accomplishments and exploits are not adequate defense in favor of retaining him.

  • POSTED BY PTtheAxis on | January 7, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    dhoni is the worst test captain amongst even the current crop of captains. his field settings border on ridiculous. he is never trying to take wickets and than bowlers get the blame.

  • POSTED BY MOHIT2010 on | January 7, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    To @NextSana - 50 does not matters in T20s ..even quckfire 30 off 15 balls matters....so dont tell..and sometime numbers dont give overall performance of any player....

  • POSTED BY PTtheAxis on | January 7, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    so how is that stopping him from stepping down in tests ? what have tests got to do with 2015 world cup ? ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | January 7, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    @ NextSana Your T20 captain has a mindboggling average of 13 at a breathtaking S/R of 93. Dhoni rarely gets a chance to bat in T20s. Even Misbah doesn't have a single 100 in ODIs but he still is the captain of PAK. If you want to judge anybody then check their average. In your country anybody is a LEGEND if his average is 30 I guess !!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Well the statements seem to be coming someone in the decision making position. He is not the one to decide who would or should be the captain for the next world cup. Sometimes I really dislike this player power in the sub continent.

  • POSTED BY Pradeepmani007 on | January 7, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Team should have Umesh yadhav,Varun aroan,Shami in team

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    India became invincible at home only because of Dhoni's captaincy. But India failed everywhere outside Asia. This is because we do not have quality bowling line up. Our spinners have no clue bowling in Aus, England and SA. Because they cannot drift the ball when it matters. Our Medium fast bowlers are getting tired after bowling 15 overs. We have a very poor lower order batting.

    Dhoni's is a bad batsman in Test Matches, but he is a great captain. He would have won the series easily if he had a strike bowler. Isanth can bowl 1 or 2 good spells 50 games. Not worth it.

  • POSTED BY DWall_fan on | January 7, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    First of all, in current lot there is no one who is even 10% capable of what MS is as a captain.. Yes, as a batsman he hasn't performed well enough in tests but still its not a reason enough to give any other wicket keeper batsman a chance as he is the best wk batsman ever produced by India after the wall. So all this talks of changing captain, sacking from test team is all bullshit unless some other promising batsman/wk does well in Ranji's....Kartik, Rayadu are not in that league

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | January 7, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    @ Kholi_theGreat Good thing is that he has always played the game with sportsmen spirit. He has never used those dirty tactics, Like asking his spin bowler to bowl a no ball so batsman doesn't get his century. What do you say?

  • POSTED BY NextSana on | January 7, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Dhoni as a T20 captain has never scored a fifty or taken a wicket. Still he is the best captain in the world to Indians.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Dhoni should give up test captaincy and try sanju samson for wicket keeper batsman as test and ODI.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | January 7, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    @ Kholi_theGreat First of all learn to spell Virat's name. Its Kohli not Kholi. Second of all he is playing for his country. He is not retiring from Test cricket to prolong his IPL career like Malinga and Dilshan. But I agree he should step down as Test captain. He still is great in ODIs. Remember how he thrashed SL in WI to win the final. That was great and has dented SL colombo track bullies.

    Dhoni at least keeps wickets and captains the side. There is this player who plays as a specialist spectator. Here is Mahela's test averages in SA-27.87, NZ-27.71, aus-31.42, England-34.11, Bangladesh-38.12, UAE-13.37.

    True colombo track bully.

  • POSTED BY muthukumar.velusamy on | January 7, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Dhoni is unquestionable leader in ODI & T20 format.But not the case in Test team. Dhoni as a batsman never been consistent in Test especially outside subcontinent. So technically India always play with 6 specialist batsman. Selectors need to take hard decisions for betterment of the game.Look at England,they won almost all tests in the past 3 to 4yrs.because they lost Ashes now many of the players future is at stake. Can we atleast imagine tat in India??

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    I think Ms Dhoni is only person who is all in all captain in India.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Dhoni shuld change his attitude on pacers. he must include raw fast pacers in the team nd search fr genuine fast bowling alrounders, we dont need spin bowling alrounders. Bcci must send our pacers nd batsmen to english counties to improve thr skills.

  • POSTED BY CurrentPresident on | January 7, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    I am a big fan of Dhoni as far as one-day cricket is concerned. 20-20, he is still quite good (though not as great as ODI). His game and leadership style are perfectly suited for the ODI game.

    But I find an absolute lack of leadership in the test arena, esp. overseas. He just seems out of his depth and helpless. That is not leadership. For a player as senior as him, he should not be in the 'best-we-can-do' frame of mind for 5 years.

    I would give the example of Imran Khan on what a captain should be. He found talent for Pakistan and laid a tradition of aggressive bowlers (esp. fast bowlers) that is helping them even today. Before him, the Pakistan bowling attack was worse than India's.

    Dhoni has been around for so many years, but for all the resources at his disposal, all he has managed is Jadeja and he cannot think beyond Ishant and Raina. All the exciting new talent had to be literally forced on him (Pujara, Rahane, Dhawan, even Umesh...). This is not leadership.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    In t20s nd Tests dhoni shuld be dropped becas he doesnt deserve his place in both forms of the game, Still dhoni doesnt made single fiftey in t20 format and his highest score is 40 runs, In test matches dhoni played 34 test matches on bouncy tracks still not made a century nd even in onedays he has not scored a century on bouncy pitches, In 34 test matches his highest score is 82 nd his average in 34 test is very low batting avg 22.34 bt no medai or print media doesnt find this..

  • POSTED BY koolrhl4u on | January 7, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    MS Dhoni should step down as Test Captain...

  • POSTED BY IndCrab on | January 7, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Dhoni , Zaku Khan , Ishant must retire. No hope for improvement. Ashwin , Ojha are not World class spinners and must figure only in India, Srilanka or UAE. New team a must for all formats.

  • POSTED BY rajcl on | January 7, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @ Kholi_theGreat---i accept dhoni is not good for test ,but in odi & t20 u put dhoni in abrod or home winning ratio comes down 40% ,, ( then how can you call him flat track bully ,he is not good in tests only in home & abroad also ) for your kind information when india lost 0-8 tests check that time odi serious score card dhoni is the best indian batter in england & australia, please do not coment without knowledge

  • POSTED BY Rajiv007 on | January 7, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    @cricinfo please publish a poll should Dhoni continue to be captain in all 3 formats or only in ODI's and T20's or nothing. I think then we can see what people really wants!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    MSD is one of best captains in world cricket. he shud retire as the captain - whenever it is. he is already grooming virat as vice captain so no confusions on whos going to succeed. and to shut critics mouths MSD just needs to score some good runs in overseas Tests. He shud display the same unbreakable quality he shows in Odis and T20s.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | January 7, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    @aamir007: Appreciate for your views buddy..But More than his captaincy its his batting skills which is hurting the team in test matches...In shorter formats he is the perfect player to play down the order when the team is in crisis but he doesnt have the technique to play longer format and rescue the team when you need him to play more than a day to save a test match.....its high time we groom a good allrounder wicket keeper and a captain in test matches...

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 7, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    How greedy is this guy. Best excuser of the world. A flat track buly and pathetic at its best. He should give up the captancy for Kholi who proved not a flat track buly.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    I think india should make three different team and captain.Because Ind is a such big country, lots of good talent did not have chance.so my T20 team 1 S Dhawan 2Chand 3 V Kohil 4 R Sharm cap 5 Y Singh 6 S Raina 7 W Shah 8 H Singh 9 P Kumar 10 B Kumar 11 R B Kumar ODI 1 S Dhawan 2 R Sharma 3 V Kohil 4 C Pujara 5 M S Dhoni c 6 R Dhawan 7 R Jadeja 8 A Mishra 9 P Kumar 10 J Unatkat 11 V Aron test 1 G Gambhir 2 M Vijay 3 C Pujara 4 V Kohil cap 5 A Rahane 6 S Samson 7 R Ashwin 8 R Jadeja 9 U Yadav 10 M Sami 11 V Aron

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    I agree with Dhoni that you can't find a new successor in such a short period of time but we can try those who have already captained the Indian team such as Gambhir ,Kohli,Raina , etc.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Guys please glance through MSD's Test record as a Captain and Player. It simply doesn't cut it at the highest level. Its time to stop being sentimental and take tough but obvious decisions. There is no obvious choice for Test Captaincy but a young player needs to be groomed for this role. The selectors must first strip MSD of Test Captaincy and then drop him from the side when his batting performances don't improve. This staggered approach will soften the blow and also go a long way in getting back to No 1.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Absolutely no doubt that Dhoni is the man to lead India in the next WC. All the criticism directed at him with regards to his captaincy in Tests is a tad unfair.When you have a bowling attack capable of taking 20 wickets in every test, you will see more proactive captaincy. Dhoni had attacking fields throughout the second innings in at Jo'burg & that was one of the reasons ABD & DU Plessis managed to score freely.He pushed for a win right till the very end. In an era where captains have a deep third man & deep square leg on the first day of a test match, Dhoni s captaincy was very attacking. With a more penetrative bowling attack, India might have won the test match hands down.

  • POSTED BY truecric_fan on | January 7, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Most people agree that Dhoni is great for ODI and T20 and he is the best choice for leading India in the 2015 WC. I will not be surprised if his good luck continues and India win again. But in tests, he seems shaky in all 3 areas, Batting, Keeping and Captaincy. I have not seen any brilliance from MSD in Tests so I wonder why he is hanging on as Test Captain. India should start grooming a new Test captain, Virat , Pujara or Dhawan seem like good choices. MSD should be asked to take a break for Australian Test matches.

  • POSTED BY krishna_IND on | January 7, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @Ravi1438 with the bowling line up we are having the main task for captain is how to restrict the opposition, it is manageable in odis with the batting, but in tests we need to take 20 wickets to win the match ,in the current team only shami and jadeja are capable of taking wickets who are not available in eng and aus series overseas ,then how can u expect better record. Is he a superman to win those matches. If u speak about odis can u rate any other innings which are played by our legend the so called god valuable than dhoni's 44* vs aus at adelaide, 45* vs sri in final port of spain,mainly 91* in world cup finals . no 100 of those 100's are valuable than that. Scoring loads of runs is not important scoring runs which India needs is important.who cares about 100s, that 91 is valuable than any of the three 200's scored.It fulfilled the dreams of 120 crores of people even the dream of god,waiting since 24 years of his career.Dhoni played many such innings in india and also overseas.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    So, you dont't want to step down from the captaincy and leave way to others? See Mr. Dhoni, we are in a country, which has a population of more than 1billion. It is shame if we are unable to find perfect replacement for any player. We strongly believe in your talents. But you are not the lone having talent.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @bijumonsss and like. India have now lost 9/10 Tests on the road. This statistic may look even worse by the end of the England Tour. Dhoni is a below par Test Captain and Player. He should be dropped immediately for a more reliable wicket keeper batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    dhoni exceptional in all formats greatest indian captain ever and also a very fine player there should be no debates on this because wwhatever i say is proved by him in the last few years and he shouldcontinue till the end of 2015 and leave a strong legacy behind

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | January 7, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Dhoni is a decent limited overs captain and it makes sense to continue till 2015 as ODI and T20 captain. However, most of the earlier test captains were better than him- Dravid, Kumble, Ganguly, Azharuddin etc. He also shows no signs of significantly improving as a test captain. It makes sense to try out someone new in the test captaincy role. It may also make it possible to drop Dhoni from the test team and try someone like Parthiv Patel or Gautam or some young talent like Smit Patel (No Dinesh Karthik please, he is worse than Dhoni on all counts).

  • POSTED BY howazzat on | January 7, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    As a South African I don't like having 3 different captains for ODI, T20 and Tests, especially when AB plays all formats. India should not go down that road, its messy. Dhoni is as cool as they come and has the experience a young side needs.....have you heard Gary Kirsten talk about this guy?? He loves him!! Dhoni should captain all formats till after 2015 WC and then hand over captaincy of all formats and focus on his batting and keeping.

  • POSTED BY Rajiv007 on | January 7, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    What I dislike about Dhoni in Test is that he is not at all attacking...It is very easy to win Test in home condition coz anyway the visitor will not be able to play spin. He is definitely great in ODI and T20. But he lacked intent in TESTs. We need a better technical batsman in his place. Pujara can be the captain with Gautam Gambhir as opener and Dhawan in Dhoni's place. Otherwise get readu for England and Australia drubbings again!

  • POSTED BY bijumonssss on | January 7, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    my dear people please don't do this to dhoni he is the real matured man in the cricket. he is the only one who know how to handle the good and bad situations. because of only one bad session of cricket and everybody is blaming him.!!! ohh you people please no crazy words against him. He know when he need to retire !!and he will do it to the right time give him time pls!!!WE WILL DEFENITILY DEFEND OUR WORLDCUP AND WIN MORE SERIESES!!!! we love you all the best!!!

  • POSTED BY aamir007 on | January 7, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    I am not sure why is Dhoni thinking like this and some of the readers who made the comments here. He is one of the best player among the leading players and lead the India team for a while. Losing a test match abroad is not enough to tarnish his reputation. This is a team sports and one player can't do everything which he did try by bowling as well. India needs to play abroad much more to develop it's players further as they really do have talented players but not experience enough on Australia, England or South Africa pitches. New bowlers are coming around as well such as Shami and Ishant is getting better as well.

    A Pakistani fan

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | January 7, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    @ wapuser: Agree with you..that is what I have been saying when Ind lost to Aus and Eng.....Dhoni was not built to play test matches it is as simple as that....He should concentrate on what he does best that is the 50 over format and T20 as of now...There are lot of gaps in the current test team...especially the bowling department and we need a solid opening pair...An allrounder wicket keeper with good temperament to play test matches...we should first create a Pool of Fast bowlers and spinners if we want to win in abroad that should be the priority...

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 7, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    How greedy is this guy. Best excuser of the world. A flat track buly and pathetic at its best. He should give up the captancy for Kholi who proved not a flat track buly.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 7, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    How greedy is this guy. Best excuser of the world. A flat track buly and pathetic at its best. He should give up the captancy for Kholi who proved not a flat track buly.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 7, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Dhoni is good but not for test cricket.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | January 7, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    How greedy is this guy. Best excuser of the world. He should give up the captancy for Kholi.

  • POSTED BY BCCIRoxx on | January 7, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Dhoni is absolutely right.... Like Sachin timed his retirement correctly and decided himself, similarly Dhoni SHOULD decide himself when he wants to quit Captaincy and in what format!!! Guys, give the guy proper respect that he deserves. He is ONE of the GREATEST EVER captain the game has seen... Not even Ponting or Waugh or even Kapil paaji can come close to him. He has won EVERYTHING we wanted..... RESPECT for the captain!!! To MSD haters, buy yourself a mirror!!

  • POSTED BY rusty.booty on | January 7, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    he is like typical indian politician sticking to throne long past his expiry date. he shouldn't be in test team as player let alone captain. vote namo be change

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | January 7, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Just leave MSD alone, people!

    By now, he should have to prove nothing to anyone.

    He is simply the most successful captain, across the board, that India has ever produced. The team is playing well under him, and there's no distraction or chaos. Pakistan would give ten arms and ten legs to get a captain like him!

    He has delivered India to the pinnacle, so shut up and show some respect. He is a classy enough guy to leave at the right time. Just watch how he times it when the time comes. Learn to read character, not just words.

  • POSTED BY BCCIRoxx on | January 7, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Dhoni is absolutely right.... Like Sachin timed his retirement correctly and decided himself, similarly Dhoni SHOULD decide himself when he wants to quit Captaincy and in what format!!! Guys, give the guy proper respect that he deserves. He is ONE of the GREATEST EVER captain the game has seen... Not even Ponting or Waugh or even Kapil paaji can come close to him. He has won EVERYTHING we wanted..... RESPECT for the captain!!! To MSD haters, buy yourself a mirror!!!

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | January 7, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Dhoni is a very good captain in ODI and T20's. He knows exactly when to apply the pressure, but in Tests the scenario is totally different where he makes lot of mistakes because he does not contribute with the bat. Anyhow, at the moment i still feel that Dhoni is the best person to captain for India. If you hand over captaincy to Virat his batting will be affected and we might loose a very good player and I don't see anybody else capable of doing the captaincy job.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | January 7, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    I dont think he should be captaining the Indian team in Test cricket or even be selected for the Test team. Karthik would do a far better job.

    Dhoni for ODI and T20 - yes, he is much stronger in these formats.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    As far as Dhoni is concerned he is a different kind of captain from say, Michael Clarke and with a team(and country) like India he is the only person who can lead them now. Virat still needs to grow in years to be able to stay composed when everyone goes against him like they are going against MS right now. When the Mumbai crowd mocked him, he couldn't help the outburst(that outburst was fully justified in my opinion) but will not be seen as good behaviour when he is the captain of India. He is definitely a future leader but we need to wait for some time and don't look to pressure him into it all of a sudden. MS has had a lot of success and still manages to win matches. People should not question his batting, he is one of the few batsmen who showed ability to play in South African conditions from ball 1 of the first ODI. He can play the short ball well and in ODIs he is the master. Indian fans need to be more patient.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | January 7, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    @ wapuser: Agree with you..that is what I have been when Ind lost to Aus and Eng.....Dhoni was not built to play test matches it is as simple as that..He should concentrate on what he does best that is the 50 over format and T20 as of now...There are lot of gaps in the current test team...especially the bowling department and a solid opening pair...An allrounder wicket keeper with good temperament to play test matches...There are lot of seam bowlers and spinners out there for sure they should be given chances...we should first create a Pool of Fast bowlers and spinners if we want to win in abroad that should be the priority...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Dhoni test record on home soil is good hee los only series against England by 2-1. On foreign bouncy track he failed as a captain nd as a Batsmen, Dhoni lost 9 test out of 10 tests and as a batsmen ofter playing 34 test matches on bouncy tracks lik Aus,Soth africa,west indies,Nz nd England he doesnt scored a century and his highest score is 84 runs nd made only 8 fiftees, after seeing it can he deserve his place in test matches and dinesh karthik his better keeper nd technicaly good batsmen on bouncy tracks.

  • POSTED BY sanh on | January 7, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Dhoni will keep ODI/T20 Capatincy till he retires. And he will give-up test capataincy to prolong his limited overs career. He should be the test captain only until Selectors are able to identify another leader in the test team. Kohli is not ready yet. In fact, Indian test team badly needs a wicketkeeper who is a decent TEST Match Batsman... Dhoni is woefully short in that regard.

  • POSTED BY Shiju_Vijayan on | January 7, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Dhoni should give up his test captiancy for his longevity in all 3 formats. After an year or so he should stop playing test matches and the selectors should show the guts to take a young wicket keeper batsman like Sanju Samson...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    How can he depends himself as a captain..? 1. In t20 s since 2007 world cup india failed to get even semifinals under dhoni captaincy how selecters ignore this things and Ofter playing so many matches dhoni failed to get 50 runs, his highest score in t20s is 40 runs, selectors selecting dhoni becas IPL performence. Dhoni doesnt deserve his place in t20 matches in both as a captain nd as a batsmen..

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    @Ravi1438: Not making centuries counts up to the batsmen...and winning the matches counts up to the captain..!! a logic u missed..!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Dhoni must give up his test captaincy n play as a batting allrounder who can bowl some medium pace seam bowling..his pace s better than some of indian bowlers..if he give up his gloves n train bowling he'll b a perfect seam bowling hard hitting no.7..

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | January 7, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Hard to think beyond india's win in T20 world cup, Champions trophy,World cup ODI, IPL 2times, Champions league and more to that a no.1 in ODI ranking and no.2 in test ranking(ok more overseas loss in test). Is anywhere people's won this many?

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Better he give T20 captaincy to Kohli so reduce his stress and play well.

  • POSTED BY SriniSwami on | January 7, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    I think a lot of teams make too much "planning" for a world cup that is far ahead. A lot of things can change in just a series - think England before the Ashes and Rohit Sharma before 3-4 months. So, there is no point in planning too far ahead. Dhoni is the best man to lead ODI team, but he should be replaced in the test team, probably DK can do a better job.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 7, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    He should retire from tests and the selctors should also select a team which has the ability to play in any conditions

  • POSTED BY pollockkd on | January 7, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Dhoni should me given to test captiency to viratkohali, and continue to ODI,T20 formats. bcoz of his nt a test batsman, he is not suitable for tests.why bcoz whn your compate to Gilchrist and dhoni both batsmans are coming to 6th postion bt gilchrist playing attack the bowelrs & automatically score board rises. bt dhoni still in diloma... he absoultely no idea in that situation he faced the 50balls and score 10 runs i dnt know wht he is trying.. thtsy dhoni should leave the test format and select as keeper Karthik is better avg compare to dhoni & his good keeper compare to dhoni, dhoni played 82 tests avg 39, compare to Ashwin played 18 tsts 40 avgs. thats way i belive dhoni should leave the test format. bt he was a goood Odi,T20 player & good Skipper & good finisher.

  • POSTED BY PadamHCL on | January 7, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Why the people are behind him....his is not a kid, he is very matured person and doesn't need to teach him what to do and what not to do. He is one of the gretest leaders of India Cricket and he knows very well when to take a break from leadership.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | January 7, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Lets get some things straight.... In the history of ODI cricket, there has been no better finisher than Dhoni (and YES, i am rating him higher than Bevan). In test match cricket, the man is a joke. Even Ashwin has a better batting average than him (in both Test and First Class Cricket). Dhoni is hurting the Test team with both batting and captaincy (his field setting for Tests is ridiculous at some times). BCCI would have to be idiotic to drop Dhoni as captain from ODI cricket, but then again, this is the same cricket board which refuses the DRS

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    It is not at all absurd to ask him to be dropped. Dhoni should have been dropped midway through the last test series in Aus. Yet he continued even after England humiliated India in India despite the pitches being made as our captain requested. One 200 against that Aus team in home conditions does not make him a good batsman. He does not(and I dont think he ever will) have a test century outside India. Point made. Yes, we need him in the limited overs set up but please please not test cricket. I have always said this that a captain should deserve a place in the playing XI first and he does not qualify as a keeper or batsman alone. From the beginning of his international career, Dhoni has played only 1(not many) domestic 4 day game. That says it all

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Dhoni no one decided what to do?? he is just ordinary player just he got good team to perform...now things will open what DHONI is???

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy is best pls don't change him, I'm Lankan tamil but I think this team is gud but include yuvraj n gambhir selectors.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy is best pls don't change him, I'm Lankan tamil but I think this team is gud but include yuvraj n gambhir selectors.

  • POSTED BY Selfishkar on | January 7, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Hopefully, Tendulkar will come out of retirement in 2015 and lead India to WC glory in Australia.

  • POSTED BY arun_padmanabhan on | January 7, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    The only deterrent for Dhoni's test captaincy should be his own mental and physical fitness. Calls for his dropping are absurd! He has built this team and thus has a vision,along with Duncan, for India's future in overseas tours. He should be allowed to captain the team this season. I am sure we are going to see less of MSD after 2015.

  • POSTED BY Ravi1438 on | January 7, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Dhoni talks now about SA tour what about his last 10 years overseas record... 9 series loses in overseas tests ?? dhoni made 0 centuries in overseas in all form of cricket...is this a real achievement of indian captain ??

  • POSTED BY naren1983 on | January 7, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    If you ask me, Dhoni can quit as Captain after WC 2015 from ODIs, not Tests. He took the great initiative to regain India team in ODIs after 2007 worst performances. If he had taken India as No.1 in ODI after winning many Overseas matches, this was happened during the time he had concentrated only in ODIs & T20s. So Selectors can go one step ahead and ask Dhoni to concentrate in only Tests. This is the only area, Dhoni had not made his mark, he has done exceptional performances in Overseas tour in case of ODIs & T20s and done great job in India in all formats. So only left with him before his retirement, winning Test Series in Aus, SA & Eng. He will definetely do this. Every Indian Cricket Fan has faith in him.

  • POSTED BY Sir_Ivor on | January 7, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    For some reason, Dhoni is quietly confident that he cannot be removed from captaincy, whatever results the Indian team under him gets. For every disaster when they play overseas under Dhoni he makes up with a resounding home win.That enables him to hang on. This despite the obvious fact that he has little or no tactical cricketing acumen to justify his being kept on at the helm. He relies on instinct as he says. That to me is a euphemism for luck. In his own words, he allows the bowlers to arrange their own fields. So then where does the captain come in !? he has been awful lucky that he has had luck on his side for a major part of his tenure, like winning the 20/20 WC when this format had not even started in India.And then winning the 50 over WC in 2011 when India defied the belief that no home team could win the World Cup. It is just that because he leads the CSK in the IPL, his place is set in stone. I am not sure whether in this situation Sandip Patil and Co can do very much.

  • POSTED BY naren1983 on | January 7, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Currently Nobody is eligible to take the captaincy from Dhoni. If you look at the statistics, Dhoni has better winning average compared to previous captains of India. In India, his winning average is better in all formats. In Overseas, his ODI & T20 winning averages are far better, he is suffering only in Overseas Tests, we can't blame only himself for that, if you see even Fab Four had failed to score in Aus & Eng, how can you expect Dhoni or new wicket-keeper to score there. Already transition period started after Fab Fours, where India started performing positively, we can see in recent matches against SA. Honestly, we haven't seen good performances like this with bat even our Fab Fours visited SA earlier. We must give credit to them. Dhoni has already got respect in the team as Captain, its very safe to continue with him in next one year atleast, you can see very important tours are coming against NZ, Eng & Aus overseas before WC 2015. Changes will definetely affect the team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    a tough call...after NZ tour we will see. if india does not win comprehensively msd will retire the test captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    @Rally West Indies. What qualities does Gambhir have to become a captain? Please don't point out his IPL stint with KKR. or India's 5-0 win over NZ. The point is he doesn't know to handle his youngsters well. And he gets tensed so easily if he loses a match and it takes more time for him to come out from the defeat.. So putting Gambhir as captain doesn't make sense.

    As said by @Current President, Kohli should train with Dhoni and then become the captain. Gambhir's character towards his teammates is not good. So dropping him from India squad is a good decision.

  • POSTED BY glen1 on | January 7, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Despite Dhoni, the team did very well in SA. A different skipper would have changed the bowling lineup for the Durban test, and would have delivered a win or a draw. Also, we would have had a better wicket keeper batsman in Saha. NZ should be the last series as test captain and player. One day, he can play as long as he can stand up behind the stumps.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | January 7, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Some of Indian fans and media is a bit too much. They always want Dhoni to be a superman. one or two failure and they are ready to dump him for some body or anybody. It doesn't matter that somebody/anybody have been a failure. Case in point is DK and Saha. Both have not put world on fire in what ever chances they got. Their states are worst tahn Dhoni but a few people want to blame Dhoni for even the failures of poor bowlers. amusing, is int it?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    can someone tell me names who can replace ms dhoni both as a keeper and batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Dhoni loves to captain soo much he donnt even cares about the team india ' future , he should not be that selfish and let someone else captain the test side atleast

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    With all that has been said about Dhoni, he is one of the best wicket keeper batsman in the world. India let down is their bowling even the frontline bowlers cannot get tailenders out that is frustrating for the captain Dhoni. Get two fast bowlers who can get the tailenders out and you will see that india will be a different team under Dhoni. I am not from India but I am saying that any new captain put in place now for any India team will be a failure. kholi and company are not ready for captaincy with that mediocre bowling attack their individual performance will suffer if anyone of them is captain.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Dhoni, as limited overs cricketer will be probably first name on any current World XI sheet. Not so in tests. He is pathetic there. Poor test keeper and even poorer in batting and worse in tactical as captain in longer format. Very good time to blood Sanju Samson, that 19 years old kid. Any day he will be better than Dhoni and batting at the moment in good hands, he will have less pressure and can grow big in next 2 years. Dhoni need to step down himself because I do not think selectors have enough guts to remove him.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Funny people are talking about Dhoni retiring in tests..who would captain the team? If a Kohli becomes the captain of the test team and India lose a series badly..he would be steaming and the team would be a mess..who else..pujara? He has never captained a team in the past..he is a terrific batsman and let him be that..the fact is that there is no one else who would captain the team apart from dhoni..so even if he is a relatively weaker batsman/keeper than the Sahas or the Karthiks, he will be in the team at least till one of Rohit/Kohli settles down completely as a test player..talking of which i think Kohli will not be a really good captain..Rohit is a better captaincy material if he can cut out his laziness and become a proper test batsman..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    dhoni should be removed from test and give captaincy to pujara or Kolhi

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | January 7, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    The ODI captaincy is not the issue. It's the Test captaincy Dhoni needs to give up!

  • POSTED BY SpartaArmy on | January 7, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    I enjoy reading the comments of Indian Supporters, I also enjoy my nephew suggestions on how to make Iron Man invincible. I personally believe Dhoni is not a typical Indian player. Players with tremendous self-belief, WHO Knows how to raise to occasion are in general products of AUS and SA. He is an exception I presume. To pile on useless batting records, they let a player who is past sell by date for three years, and messed up an international series to give him send off at home; all this while b/w Tennis & Cricket, I thought Tennis is an individual sport. Their fast bowlers don't even know how to bowl on same line and length for three consecutive deliveries, let alone a over. Their fitness levels make video gamers feel proud of themselves. But they always have a couple of pretty good batsman. Even clarke would start playing for a draw, from lunch, if he is given Indian Bowling. Once this lad retires, we will see real Indian team again.

  • POSTED BY on | January 7, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    The trouble is that popular perception is always on the wrong side of things. They want Pujara and Kohli to be burdened with captaincy just yet. What if 2 series later they start failing. The trouble is not with them, it is with us. Someone writes Dhoni should work with Kumble, isnt that a joke. What role has Kumble even played in the development of cricket in Karnataka after being KSCA shief for a year. I stay right in Bangalore, and the way cry hoarse over his management. Anyway he is out now.

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | January 7, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Unbelievable, Dhoni lost one series and people asking for a change. Some guys asking to make Pujara, some Gambhir and Some of you are asking Virat to be the captain. I am glad that you guys are not in BCCI. BCCI dont makes decisions overnight like the other teams in the subcontinent. That is the reason why cricket is flourishing in India. Guys take a break and leave it to Dhoni and remember u r not in BCCI!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY insightfulcricketer on | January 7, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    Dhoni should gracefully retire now from Tests before the NZ tour. I think he has nothing to give the test team in terms of captaincy, batting or even wicket-keeping. Kohli can be given the Test Captaincy.He has already shown great compsure in test matches in away games. I know Pujara has scored a lot of runs in SA but they were not in the most dire-situation. In the second innings in 1st test the wicket had slowed down and also in the second test 1st innings it was much easier on the first day.He still looks uincertain against short-pitch bowling and could improve that aspect without additional resonsibility.Kohli is the real deal and his aggressive style of game will ensure he will ask more from the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 7, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    He says complicated things to confuse the Indian fans and hang on to all what he wants. He himself need more time in the captaincy for 2015 WC so he needs to give up test and CSK roles.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | January 7, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    Dhoni is unfit to captain overseas either ODI or TEST. I am not sure why people not getting this. His batting in overseas TEST is atrocious and less said about keeping is better. But he is great in India. Question is do india want to win anything outside india ?. Kohli should be made captain all format and dhoni can be Vice captain tutoring him.

  • POSTED BY vswami on | January 7, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Today he is literally performing 9 roles for the country (B/WK/Cap) across all three formats. No one in the world copes with such a workload and he brings incredible balance to the team. Without much fuss, and all sorts of commissions and management consultants, he has helped rebuild the team. All he needs is a couple of fast bowlers and the cupboard is bare. There is not much any captaincy change can do to address that. Its a long term issue. The real value of MSD will be realised when he is not there. BTW, I am waiting for the flat tracks of South Africa to be magically renamed raging greentops when Australia gets bundled out for 120 in February.

  • POSTED BY mahi678 on | January 7, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    giving up test captaincy mean counting days for odi captaincy also. thats why he is saying that world cup is too close to experiment.

  • POSTED BY mahi678 on | January 7, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    ha ha dhoni is clever fox. now every one is pointing at dhoni and he says its not feasible for new guy to take captaincy. he is good tactician. i know he can come back, but surely he cannot maintain consistency. he will find a saviour. i think its bhuvi. dhoni has ill treated bhuvi , now bhuvi could his rescuer. when bhuvi was in form dhoni would tell that bhuvi is not good in death bowling. and whn ishanth was out of sorts, he would blame the flat pitch, fielding rules etc. dhoni is very biased. he should be out of test team no matter whats the result in newzeland. but mark my words india wins in newzeland.

  • POSTED BY Humdingers on | January 7, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    @Dev_Anand - the Knives are out not for the ODI or T20 formats, but for the Tests. Dhoni just seems disinterested in the format - especially with the bat. 3 overseas losses and 2 whitewashes would be enough to sack most captains (and coaches - but that's another conversation).

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    dhoni should stop to play test.he should give a chance to dinesh karthik in test....

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | January 7, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    Dhoni should be fired for losing 3 foreign test series. In fact, he should step down and retire. He is one of the worst captains for India outside the subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY cricmatters on | January 7, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Dhoni is the best captain for in shorter format but in Test matches his strategy of spreading out players and waiting for batsmen to make a mistake does not always work. He also has very strong likes and dislikes and influences the selectors in not picking some players who could have won the match for India. His own batting in Test matches has gone from bad to worse. Please give up the Test Captaincy Dhoni. You lost 8-0 against England, Australia and now 1-0 against South Africa. Time to admit that you are not cut out for longer format of the game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    As long as srinivasan is the bcci head nothing will happen to dhoni....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 7, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Please dhoni retire from test matches....

  • POSTED BY CherryWood_Champion on | January 7, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    I think Dhoni needs to step down from Test Cricket. With so many overseas tours planned over the next couple of years, team India will be better without him. Coming in at a critical slot in test matches that needs heavy and fast scoring like Gilchrist and Haddin. Although he does perform on the sub-continental pitches, unfortunately it is pretty much the total opposite in overseas tours. He should hand over the test mantle to Virat/Pujara and concentrate on ODIs/T-20s. Sanju Samson should be an ideal replacement as his Test replacement.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    Nobody mentioned relieving Dhoni of the ODI captaincy! Its about the Test team….Dhoni's keeping and batting and, of late, even his captaincy has been below par. The swinging conditions in NZ and England are going to show him up once again!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 6, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    Dhoni has done a lot to the indian cricket team. In the test format also his performance is average. But I am a fan of his captaincy,his way of reading the game and making his decision. I don't remember any brave decision taken by ganguly which helped india win a major tournament. People started blaming him for the loss of sa test series.....I don't think the same.With such a poor bowling lineup we should have lost 2-0 and we nearly did that. So guys my point is that don't worry about the captaincy or the indian cricket team, it is in the safe hands untill 2015. Future captain- absolutely no doubt VIRAT KOHLI

  • POSTED BY Biggest_Cricket_Fan on | January 6, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    This just shows the pure arrogance of Dhoni. It seems he has taken his position in all formats for granted which is not a good thing in anywhere in the corporate world and the game the last thing. What makes him think no one else in the team has mantle to step up and be the captain of this team. This is just ridiculous and its high time, selectors start showing some strength in their decisions and let MSD concentrate on ODI than tests. If not mistaken MSD has shown his disintrest in tests after Australia tour or defeat.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    Just read other comments asking for Pujara to be captain. Good God, what is wrong with you people? On top of which Kohli takes over in ODIs and T20. Gah.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    @CurrentPresidency The test captaincy was not what he had in mind when he said that he might relinquish captaincy or stop playing a format. If he was going to give up captaincy, it would almost certainly be either in T20 or One dayers.

    Whether Dhoni is the best keeper batsman in tests(esp abroad) is another question altogether. But if you do drop him for, lets say, Dinesh Karthik I dont believe there is anyone else who is ready to captain the team in tests.

  • POSTED BY harmske on | January 6, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    @Colin Fernandez - when was the last time india had a fast bowler? dhoni hasn't taken a great catch off a fast bowler because he hasn't kept to a fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 6, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    Don Dhoni is the best thing ti have ever happened to Indian cricket. He is my hero, my captain for however & whenever he wants

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    I think Patil and company should make a call on test captaincy. Dhoni can continue to lead the other forms of the game. Any way he Dhoni is the worst number 7 in world cricket and brings the team down

  • POSTED BY cricket_ahan on | January 6, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    @ Dev_Anand - Completely agree. The critics will only be silenced when they realise what life is like without MS Dhoni. Hardly seen a captain in my lifetime who is as cool and composed under pressure as he is. And I don't see anyone in the current Indian outfit filling these shoes soon. Kohli has the ability, and could be groomed for the role, but needs some time shadowing Dhoni before the reins can be handed over. Gambhir should not be allowed in the team again - an attitude like his is bad enough with him just playing as a batsman, who knows how toxic it would be if he were captain. Thankfully, the BCCI seem to agree with my point and publicly stated in their squad selection before the South Africa tour that Gambhir is not in their good books.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | January 6, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    I have utmost respect for you MS, pls dont ruin it by dragging yourself in Tests. Please retire from Tests, its not your game, just let it go. You will be able to concentrate better in ODI's.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Utter nonsense from Dhoni... no one is asking him to give up his ODI captaincy. he should give away his captaincy in tests where he is a pathetic batsmen. But he is too smart to know, without being the captain of the test side he won't even find a place in the test XI. Being the test captain in India is a huge thing and everyone can understand why doesn't want to give up. He is simply greedy and take 2015 world cup as an excuse while the problem is with test cricket. I would really like to know what the pundit "vkohlithegreat" has to say abt this

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | January 6, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    It is dangerous for India to monopolize all 3 formats with one Captain irrespective of his capabilities. Dhoni at 32+ is prone to injuries - if he is injured who is the next Captain? I have been suggesting to have 3 captains for 3 different formats for the past 2 years. On basis of Captaincy skills alone, Dhoni is at best is a bad choice of Captain for a 5 day Test match. His XI selection is irrational & lacks logic. First rule in XI selection is : You do not play a 5 day test match with 4 Bowlers. Dhoni did this in SA- the second test with 3 days rest for the same 3 Seamers. India blew an easy win in the first Test because of tired bowlers in the second innings of the first test & the same in the 2nd test First innings. This is a matter of simple common sense when there are 3 fresh seamers in the squad. His field placing defies logic & bowling changes questionable. In ODI it does not show as badly but in Tests his follies are glaring. India urgently needs a New Test Captain!

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | January 6, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    Wow, Smart Dhoni never like to quit captaincy on any of the format, that he knew, that if he step out from captaincy will probably step out from team!! As he himself feeling insecure for his place on team. If new captain will come into play now, there is plenty of time for 2015 WC. There are few nicest choices for ODi captains, 1st is Gautam Gambhir, 2nd Rohit Sharma 3rd Suresh Raina. All three are the key players and on IPL Rohit and Gambhir show their captaincy ability on IPL tough situations. So no point Dhoni worry for team india. In fact, if Dhoni continue for captaincy on 2015 WC, there is 200 % chance India will not qualify for Semis!!! 2011 was different situation, home advantage and match winning performances of Yuvi, Gambhir, Zak, Tendulkar, Raina. Dhoni just played finale good, even though he wont bat, India could have won that world cup without Dhoni. Time to replace dhoni right now. Look at his SA tour performance!! Now Dhoni be ready for big defeat on NZ!!

  • POSTED BY aussiebear68 on | January 6, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    A new captain needs 70-80-90 games to prepare for a WC...what a load of rubbish ! The captain should come from within the existing team and be an experienced player in his own right, with his own ideas as to how to captain the team. Seems like the sort of talk one puts out to justify one's retention in the team...

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 6, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    AB's wicket keeping played a good part in SA able to clinch the series.... I cannot pinpoint areas in Dhoni's wicket keeping.. but if there is a better one that does that job...the let him be given the chance.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 6, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    Can cricinfo create a poll....

    Do you think Dhoni should retire from TESTS

    YES NO

    I am really curious

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 6, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    I do not understand this ....guy needing to play 90 games before world cup... raina groomed for No.4.... etc...

    This is the highest form of cricket..at the highest level... agreed you need some experience.. but you cannot continue the same failures forever and say they are gaining experience.. at the same time denying other bright prospects a chance to showcase their skills.... If this is the case then none of the domestic players would push themselves hard enough to warrant a place in the India X1, because they see no chance of them making it...

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | January 6, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    I vote

    Kohli - T20 captaincy (play all three formats)......... Dhoni - ODI captaincy (play T-20 and ODI only)....... Pujara - Test captaincy (Play ODI and Tests only).......

    Dhoni should retire from TESTS

    Pujara wont do wonders as a captain.. and there is a part of me that worries if the added pressure affects his batting.... But you will not know unless he is given a chance...

    If he does any better than a 0-9 in the next 10 away tests (AUS regained their mojo.. ENG are desperate to show that they still got it).. thats the way to go for Pujara...

  • POSTED BY rana3 on | January 6, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    I think Ashwin will make a great captain in Tests. He has a mature head on his shoulders and is able to think through issues. Yes, he had one wicketless test in SA for which he was dropped. But he bowled very well, but was just unlucky not to get wickets in that pitch. But that should not be held against him.

  • POSTED BY CurrentPresident on | January 6, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    BTW, what has test captaincy got to do with the WC 2015?

    By giving up the test slot, Dhoni can focus on the WC 2015 because that is where he is really needed. India can blood a young new wicketkeeper who can actually bat overseas.

    He can also spend the spare time to work with Kumble to find young new bowling talent and make sure they are inducted early into the system and guided well.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 6, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    his wicket keeping in test matches isn't great, when was the last time dhoni took a great catch of fast bowlers outside India,infant the reason for India defeat in south Africa was precisely due to that, superior wicket keeping and fielding by the. south africans

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | January 6, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    on Dhoni in Tests ...

    Ramdhin is NOW a better Test Keeper than Dhoni ..... 2 years in a row !

    That says A LOT !

    ODI's and 20/20 ... I'd pick Dhoni in a heart beat !

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | January 6, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Kholi can be made ODI captain Tomorrow ! Or even Gambhir ....

    Poor guy, maybe Gambhir's only chance of making the team is becoming Captain is Dhoni gets injured !

  • POSTED BY CurrentPresident on | January 6, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    I agree that Dhoni should retire from the tests - Pujara is ready to take over. Pujara has the quiet mental strength, ability and hunger. Dhoni is an ODI expert so nobody can replace him there.

    Virat Kohli can train a few years with Dhoni. Then start with the 20-20 captaincy and then take over the ODI team after 2015. It would be good to have both Pujara and Kohli playing under each other in a different format. Keeps the ego in check.

    I don't think Gambhir can be captain in any format. He is not even sure of his own place and has no exceptional captaincy skills (like Brearly).

  • POSTED BY Dev_Anand on | January 6, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    As usual the knives are out and Dhoni will prove his critics are wrong again.

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | January 6, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    India would be crazy to go into the WC with anyone other than Dhoni as the ODI captain. There is a case to be made for replacing him in tests both as a player and captain. But he is a true natural in limited over cricket, given India's weak bowling only Dhoni as captain can give India a shot at pulling off a WC defense.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | January 6, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Nobody is questioning Dhoni's role as a captain or a player in the ODI's. He is a legend in ODI's, no doubt about it.

    The issue is his role in Tests. Honestly, he is a burden to the team, specially in overseas condition. I think India would have been able to draw the second Test against SA with Saha who is technically sound with both bat and keeping.

    MSD must be given a break from Tests.

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | January 6, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Gambhir needs to be broken....just because his side was able to buy an IPL trophy he started to think too much of himself.

    He would learn good lesson in wildernes... Indian selectors are not that blind to leave him out for long....guy needs to show hunger and form...it would serve him better if he goes to Australia/south africa to play domestic long format games.

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | January 6, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Cleverly put...."It can go worse than that [the performance in South Africa]" ...he has already given up that remainder of the overseas tours for india in 2014 will be lost miserably.

    Guy lacks intent. He is not a capable Test player beyond flat track. He was not able to score in flat tracks of South Africa.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Parthiv patel doing consistent performance in domestic seasons from last 4+ years.for replacement of Dhoni,he can surely replace him in terms of batting.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Dhoni should not play Tests.. He is not performing for quite a few years now in Tests, and coming so low down the order, his role in the Test team is often questionable. Give Virat the Test captaincy now and the ODI captaincy after World Cup 2015.. Remove Dhoni from Test team and bring in someone who is doing well in the Ranji circuits consistently..

  • POSTED BY glen1 on | January 6, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Dhoni is making a mistake; he should let go test cricket captaincy, before he is sacked by the selectors. He is not suited for test cricket, and doesn't deserve a place in the team; he is a non-playing captain.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 6, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    It can be after all these years as controlling the team, may be he doesn't want to work under anyone else. Or maybe when he retire from tests he may be thinking of giving up test captaincy ??????

  • POSTED BY NEIL_GD_S10 on | January 6, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Mahiiii really need start scoring runs in overseas Test matches. Once he starts doing that people has to eat their words, as you all know every time we feel its over. He drags a new page, new chapter from his Golden Luck Book.

  • POSTED BY sharadgargconnect on | January 6, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    I will defend dhoni at this point of time. I know a lot has been said about mahinder singh dhoni but He is Indian captain. He should receive affection and motivation from country of 1.14 billion. When he is performing well and winning games for India then people praises him. When he is losing people want to curse dhoni technique, his batting style and a lot of factors. But he should be given full liberty if he is indian captain. He won india so many games abroad. Not even sourav ganguly has won that many number of games playing overseas. So, I strongly feel that dhoni should remain indian captain in all formats of game. I also feel that he is best batsman in india at the moment. Virat kohli is a child. Dhoni is regularly taking the fast bowlers to clearners in all formats of game. Fast bowlers fear dhoni rather than Kholi or Rohit. So India get your basics right in cricket.

  • POSTED BY Ha8rick on | January 6, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Dhoni is a good One Day and T20 batsman. He is an awful Wicket Keeper, Ordinary Test player and a Merit less Captain.

    He should only be in the One Day team and T20 Team as Batsman+Keeper.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    I think he should continue in ODIs only and hand over the Test captaincy to C. Pujara or for that cause to G. Gambhir and T20s captaincy to V. Kohli. PERIOD

  • POSTED BY AjaySridharan on | January 6, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Some former player had pointed out earlier that Dhoni looks bored in Tests, and even by his own admittance, he prefers the shorter formats of the game. That coupled with his average wicket keeping skills and a non-existent batting technique against quality bowlers in pacy and bouncy wickets, should make him an easy sack in Tests. Give him a break in Tests, and hand over the reins to Kohli, who seems more settled and shows the hunger. Let Dhoni lead the charge on ODIs and T20s. With no "world cup" to aim at, Dhoni seems lost in Tests. BCCI will pack the calendar with Tests in sub-continent to game the ranking system

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Guys let me clarify.. Dhoni is walking wicket overseas and his ludicrous captaincy has cost us few games which were there to win. Johannesburg test should have been won , but on 4th day morning we were grinding it out. Who can forget WI test where we needed 80 odd runs in 15 overs and Dhoni chose to draw the match. Some players crave for occasion to perform. Gambhir performed in T20 final , WC'11 final. Please re check your facts , he is not struggling but scoring at 48.11 avg this Ranji season. He is most suitable for Tests captaincy apart from Dhoni as of now. Re WK position , Dinesh Karthik should be given chance who is such a good batsman , at least miles better than Dhoni. In ODI's Dhoni should continue.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    @InsideHedge- Had Cook been indian opener, he'd have been sacked a long, long time ago.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    @Yogesh : So you mean Gambhir is better Wicket keeper + Batsman + Captain than Dhoni... ??? Man ..only keeper can replace Keeper..Lol.... Dhoni is not doing good in overseas test True...We can not think of making captain to some1 who is struggling even in domestic circuit & does not fit in playing XI as of now and others in team are not ready for test captaincy...One more year then we can hope Kohli/Pujara should takeover. And yes T20 captaincy should be given to Kohli without any delay.

  • POSTED BY ccrriicc on | January 6, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    The whole Indian management stinks - when will it dawn on the Indian cricket that they need better bowlers. Yes, Kohli or Pujara as captains would have to aface the same problem that Dhoni had in limited bowling resources in SA - but do not forget Kohli and Pujara contrbuted as players in the team - Mr. Dhoni did not. He does not do well as a test captain - he does not earn his place in the test team. Mr Dhoni has lost 9 of the last ten oversease tests. Please give up tests - captain ODIs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 6, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    why shouting from roof top,when actually they should have picked ojah in the playing eleven. dropping him from the squad to newzeland is like entering s wrong route and travelling a lot of distance

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Dhoni days are numbered and he feels the pressure of loosing the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Dhoni is a defensive test captain with pacers..he is confident with spinners on turning tracks!Thats too much of dependencies .At times he looks content with pacers just bowling average and not going for runs ..he never aims for wickets with pacers..f u say its something with pacers quality he is getting , then he is also to be blames as he is part of selection process .He has to ask selectors to give him bowlers as per his and coach's plan

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | January 6, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    I don't agree with MSD at all. He should remember how he himself became captain right before the first T20 WC and ended up winning the tournament itself ahead of more established seniors in Yuvraj, Shewag. I think Kohli is fully ready to take on the mantle in ODIs and T20s at the minimum. I would like Pujara to captain tests as he is unlikely to be a certainty in shorter formats and Kohli can take a breather in between. Hope Ind won't make the mistake of handing captaincy to Dhawan who I think will not last long after his honeymoon days will be over not too soon.

  • POSTED BY Mann123 on | January 6, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    He is not a good test captain, neither a good test player outside the sub-continent. There are times he looks bored behind the stumps in a test, whereas he seems to enjoy the shorter formats. It would be good for Indian cricket if he gives the test captaincy to a new person, even Pujara.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Dhoni is the best in ODI's - both as a player and as a captain. The problem is in Test cricket where his own place is not certain. But the time is not far when players like Saha or maybe Sanju Samson will challenge him for wicket keeper's slot. I hope he does well this time around in NZ, ENG and AUS.

  • POSTED BY AB_DeVilliers on | January 6, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Pujara should be made captain of the test team.

  • POSTED BY Karunk on | January 6, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Dhoni should give up test captaincy and also his place in test XI. He survives on flat tracks in India and fails miserably overseas with his poor technique. India lost five wickets within 20 runs after he lost his wicket in both innings in Durban test. He could not hold one end while Rahane was batting beautifully at the other end. India could have saved the test if Dhoni had played responsibly.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | January 6, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Dhoni has always been a good diplomat, often to the country's detriment. He believes losing is part and parcel of the game but then so is winning. When exactly will be start winning overseas if the usual excuses are trotted out? ie. "we're progressing...", "we have the potential to take 20 wickets..". After 80 years of playing Test cricket, what does potential and prospects mean?

    Make no mistake, MSD ranks as an all-time Indian great, one of our best. However, when captaining overseas, his lack of inventiveness and quick acceptance of a defeat or draw leaves us under achieving. On our last tour to SA, we should have *WON* the Test series. On the just concluded tour, how did we mess up the opportunity in JoBurg? In the worst case scenario, we should have left with a drawn series but truth be told, we have now LOST 9 out of the last 10 away Tests under MSD's leadership.

    Had MS been England's captain, he'd have been sacked a long, long time ago.

  • POSTED BY reluctant_fan on | January 6, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    I really question Dhoni's place itself in the Test team. His batting performance has been less that stellar in the long format. I am sure (hopeful) that we can find a wicketkeeper with better batting skills. As for the captaincy mantle in tests, it's a hard one as there are no senior players left in the team. But that should not be the reason to let Dhoni continue in that role.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    if one of our bowlers would have picked up a wicket of abd or faf before they scored their centuries..u guys will not be asking dhoni to retire....so guys..there are administrators...they r definitely better than everyone here...that's why they are entrusted with that job.....so if they take a dcision,we have to respect it...we can't just simple say he has to reitre...he has to quit that format,this format....we simply cant say all this!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Those people who are talking about Dhoni not being an attacking captain are missing a point. With the kind of bowling ammunition in hand, he cannot afford to attack most of the times. A captain is only as good as his players. The recent tour to SA where our bowlers struggled to defend 450 plus on relatively bowler friendly conditions ( as compared to India)is a case in point. Even if a Kohli or a Pujara were to be the captain, they too would have struggled. They would have crumbled under the media pressure. At least Dhoni doesn't and sends out a positive message to the other players, which is very important. In fact this is an approach that has paid him rich dividends and will be his legacy as one of the greatest cricketers this country has seen.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 6, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    2015 world cup is very hard for indian team because in india we know that giving more imp to ipl (they can't bring single pace bowler like johanson)

  • POSTED BY rphanikanth on | January 6, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    In Jan 2012, Dhoni indicated he will retire from one format in the end of 2013. http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/549020.html

    Now, he says a new captain will not have enough time for the 2015 World Cup. As he has been mediocre in away Tests, why doesn't he retire from Tests now (as promised)?

  • POSTED BY FSL2013 on | January 6, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    None of the sub continent teams have good record in SA. So just judging him by looking at SA tour is not fair. Yes, India needs a contingency plan and a backup captain and Kohli is right person but he needs to be groomed.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    @Yogesh Gupta - Let me clarify... when you say Gambhir, you mean Gautam Gambhir - who can't even score in domestic cricket. Taking Dhoni out of the team means a keeper needs to come in. Last time I checked Gambhir didn't even own a pair of keeping gloves. IMHO Dhoni is still the best Keeper/Batsman we have and as far as Gambhir is concerned - Dhawan and Vijay are heads and shoulders above him (literally) and have 5 more years on him.

  • POSTED BY rahulkb on | January 6, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Oh great. The guy is talking about ODIs when people want him off the Test team. What a way to digress.. No one doubts his ability as ODI captain plus he is an asset in ODIs. However, in tests he is very much a liability and cant lead with his batting performances. So it would be wise for him to quit test leadership.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Dhoni should be replaced as a Test Captain, his record is abysmal and he should stay as ODI Captain. I am not sure if he thinks fast enough to lead T20 Team. He should definitely be removed as a Test Captain.

  • POSTED BY chakra04 on | January 6, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    what about test captaincy?? It doesn't have any world cups coming forth....It is his sheer lack of motivation towards his fast bowlers, batting technique and aggression that India lost test series in SA.

  • POSTED BY Raki99 on | January 6, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Dhoni should just give up playing Test Altogether. He is Batting is really mediocore outside the subcontinent. And he is Not as an attacking captain in the test matches at all.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    I believe at least he can recuse himself in Test team. He can't bat overseas and to make matter worse , he is unreasonably defensive. Gambhir should be given second chance in Tests and should be made captain IMO.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 6, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    dhoni should handover captaincy to Virat in t20

  • POSTED BY Rajdeepgupta on | January 6, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Dhoni's performance with bat has been dismal overseas. I think he is the best captain India has at this moment but he needs to do some serious thinking about his batting when he travels to NZ, England and Australia in 2014. BCCI needs to ponder whether they should start looking at Pujara or Kohli for at least captain for the Test Radar.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Dhoni should handover the T20 captaincy to Virat Kohli n countinue Test n odi.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | January 6, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Dhoni should remain ODI captain but as far as T20Is & test captaincy is concerned he should be removed as captain of both teams....with T20I World Cup round the corner, India has to groom one of Kohli or Rohit or Dhawan or Raina to takeover as Dhoni has a disastrous T20I captaincy record since winning the inaugural T20 WC in 2007 & not even making semis of subsequent 3 T20 WC's in 2009,2010 & 2012...

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | January 6, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    True that.

    Dhoni- The Kind of Person I have known...No matter what the result of WC2015 will be, he will quit one format (most probably Tests) !

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | January 6, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    True that.

    Dhoni- The Kind of Person I have known...No matter what the result of WC2015 will be, he will quit one format (most probably Tests) !

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | January 6, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Dhoni should remain ODI captain but as far as T20Is & test captaincy is concerned he should be removed as captain of both teams....with T20I World Cup round the corner, India has to groom one of Kohli or Rohit or Dhawan or Raina to takeover as Dhoni has a disastrous T20I captaincy record since winning the inaugural T20 WC in 2007 & not even making semis of subsequent 3 T20 WC's in 2009,2010 & 2012...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Dhoni should handover the T20 captaincy to Virat Kohli n countinue Test n odi.

  • POSTED BY Rajdeepgupta on | January 6, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Dhoni's performance with bat has been dismal overseas. I think he is the best captain India has at this moment but he needs to do some serious thinking about his batting when he travels to NZ, England and Australia in 2014. BCCI needs to ponder whether they should start looking at Pujara or Kohli for at least captain for the Test Radar.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 6, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    dhoni should handover captaincy to Virat in t20

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    I believe at least he can recuse himself in Test team. He can't bat overseas and to make matter worse , he is unreasonably defensive. Gambhir should be given second chance in Tests and should be made captain IMO.

  • POSTED BY Raki99 on | January 6, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Dhoni should just give up playing Test Altogether. He is Batting is really mediocore outside the subcontinent. And he is Not as an attacking captain in the test matches at all.

  • POSTED BY chakra04 on | January 6, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    what about test captaincy?? It doesn't have any world cups coming forth....It is his sheer lack of motivation towards his fast bowlers, batting technique and aggression that India lost test series in SA.

  • POSTED BY on | January 6, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Dhoni should be replaced as a Test Captain, his record is abysmal and he should stay as ODI Captain. I am not sure if he thinks fast enough to lead T20 Team. He should definitely be removed as a Test Captain.

  • POSTED BY rahulkb on | January 6, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Oh great. The guy is talking about ODIs when people want him off the Test team. What a way to digress.. No one doubts his ability as ODI captain plus he is an asset in ODIs. However, in tests he is very much a liability and cant lead with his batting performances. So it would be wise for him to quit test leadership.