India news May 3, 2014

Dhoni can lead India for three-four years - Fleming

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Stephen Fleming, the Chennai Super Kings coach and former New Zealand captain, feels that MS Dhoni can lead his country for another three to four years but is not sure whether he will be able to do so across Tests, ODIs and T20s given the amount of cricket India play.

"I haven't spoken to him on this issue. But he is in fine shape and if he is fit, he can continue to lead for at least a good three to four years," Fleming told PTI. "Having said that, I don't know how long he will be playing all three formats. It's pretty hard as India have such a tight schedule.

Dhoni has been India's captain in limited-overs cricket since 2007 and in Tests since 2008. He has led his country in 53 Tests, 159 ODIs and 48 T20 internationals. No one has captained India in as many Tests and T20s, and only Mohammad Azharuddin led in more one-dayers than Dhoni has.

Dhoni will turn 33 in July. In January 2012, he had said he might have to give up one of the formats if he was to lead India's World Cup defence in 2015. Such a decision would be made only at the end of 2013, he had said then.

Fleming said that an international captain could have issues if he led for more than four years, but added that this did not seem to apply to Dhoni. "Dhoni and Graeme Smith have been exceptions, but I feel that an international captain has a shelf-life of four years. After that it is easier to get back as another normal cricketer; if you have been the leader for too long, then it becomes difficult once you leave the job. You tend to miss the decision-making authority and stuff like that. In fact, I faced similar problems after I quit captaincy."

Dhoni's leadership style had suited the Indian team very well over the years, Fleming said. "Indians look for consistency and have a pattern. They have such talents that on a given day, some of them can single-handedly win matches. You don't need too dynamic or too radical thought-processes when you have players like [Virat] Kohli, Dhoni. In the case of the New Zealand team, Brendon [McCullum] has to be a bit dynamic and try a different strategy as they don't have a talent pool like India."

Apart from his India responsibilities, Dhoni has also been Super Kings' captain right from the inaugural IPL in 2008. Fleming has also been involved with the franchise since then, first as a player for the 2008 season and thereafter as coach. He said he had tried to ensure Dhoni enjoyed his time in franchise cricket while taking a breather from India duties. "What I try to provide MS is with two months of enjoyment, so that he can come into the Chennai side having taken a break from the Indian team. He loves his game and looks a pretty comfortable man winning games for Chennai consistently."

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  • on May 5, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Dear Sir, We Would Like to see M.S Dhoni has captain Team India will next four more Year, He must quit the Chennai Super King Captaincy and T20 International Captaincy, Our BCCI think tank must keep & preserve the M.S.Dhoni in good condition like Mentally and Physically Fittest as a player, We always see MSD has Test and One Day Captain of India.

  • CricketMaan on May 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Dhoni might quict ODI captaincy afer WC 2015 and possibly allow Kholi to develop for the next WC, but there is also a WT20 in India, so he may fany that. As for Tests, unfortunately no successor in sight! Kholi too young and inexperienced to lead in Tests, yes Smith, MAK all did it but they were of a different league. Kholi so far in IPL and Asia cup has shown that he still has some way to go before he can raise his bar as a captain. With no other contender it could be that Kholi is pushed into captaincy quickly. The big question though is how long will Dhoni himself go in Tests? His record is nothing to be proud of, but he alone cannot change it. He lacks resources in bowling and with England and Aus tour rekconing its a huge pressure to deliver. Another 5-0 or 4-0 will be totally tarnish his reputation, if not already in Tests. Pujara has a calm approach but can he lead India in Tests, a touch prospect. Like SL, India too will struggle for leaders in Tests.

  • Isaac on May 5, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    I'm sure at least a few might think like me. Seeing the way Ashwin carries himself, the way he talks (I think he is quite knowledgeable) he should be given the proper grooming to lead the country in Tests. Kolhi should be preserved like Sachin was kept aside for batting (we all know what captaincy did to Sachin). Just worth a shot.

  • Naresh28 on May 5, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Kohli has question marks on his tempers. If he learns to be a cool customer he should be the one to take over. Only time, maturity and experience will tell. Starting next Test tour India needs a new leader. Dhoni is perfect for the shorter versions and then only up to the end of next WC in Oz/Nz. The next coolest of the lot is RAINA for ODI's. There is also no reason why a good bowler could become TEST captain e.g. Kumble's era. No one has stood up and showed the interest to lead. The IPL has been good for Indian cricket in that it gives a broader spectrum and shows up the talent that is there.

  • Imrank52dmc on May 5, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Tests are the different type of game. Though DHONI is mature enough to be a test captain yet his as well as the team india parformance are not good at all specially in foreign wickets. Thats why it is time to choose a new test captain. A test captain should be aggesive, good tempered and best player. Kohli will be the first choice. Pujara will be a big name. In rest of the formet Dhoni is excilent.

  • on May 5, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    dhoni was best leader but i think his prime is past , dhoni get defensive over the time , when india became #1 in test there 5 century back to back by sachin & gambhir , sehwag , zaheer even ishant was firing & dravid & laxman how to forget him , but now days some retired & some r out of form & out of team new player not that promosing , especially bowlers

  • 786Sahin on May 5, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    I don't think Dhoni should continue test captain ship, as his record (out side India ) is very poor. For one day & T20 he should continue as captain another 2-3 years. For Test immediately we need to find new leader. i think selector will definitely think about it.....

  • on May 5, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Dhoni has aired his opinion that, if he wanted to lead India for the title defence in AUS-NZ next year, he will have to quit captaincy of one format which likely will be tests. But the billio dollar question is who is the next lilely successor after him to take the reigns of test captaincy?

  • gandabhai on May 4, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Give Dhoni a half decent test bowling attack and you will see the difference. He took India to no 1 ranking in tests with a mediocre bowling attack . Very few captains could have done that in the history of our beloved sport. MS, You are a champion.

  • binu.emiliya on May 4, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Pujara can be a good test captain and dhoni can lead india in all other format, Sanju or KL rahul can replace dhoni is the test team

  • on May 5, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Dear Sir, We Would Like to see M.S Dhoni has captain Team India will next four more Year, He must quit the Chennai Super King Captaincy and T20 International Captaincy, Our BCCI think tank must keep & preserve the M.S.Dhoni in good condition like Mentally and Physically Fittest as a player, We always see MSD has Test and One Day Captain of India.

  • CricketMaan on May 5, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Dhoni might quict ODI captaincy afer WC 2015 and possibly allow Kholi to develop for the next WC, but there is also a WT20 in India, so he may fany that. As for Tests, unfortunately no successor in sight! Kholi too young and inexperienced to lead in Tests, yes Smith, MAK all did it but they were of a different league. Kholi so far in IPL and Asia cup has shown that he still has some way to go before he can raise his bar as a captain. With no other contender it could be that Kholi is pushed into captaincy quickly. The big question though is how long will Dhoni himself go in Tests? His record is nothing to be proud of, but he alone cannot change it. He lacks resources in bowling and with England and Aus tour rekconing its a huge pressure to deliver. Another 5-0 or 4-0 will be totally tarnish his reputation, if not already in Tests. Pujara has a calm approach but can he lead India in Tests, a touch prospect. Like SL, India too will struggle for leaders in Tests.

  • Isaac on May 5, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    I'm sure at least a few might think like me. Seeing the way Ashwin carries himself, the way he talks (I think he is quite knowledgeable) he should be given the proper grooming to lead the country in Tests. Kolhi should be preserved like Sachin was kept aside for batting (we all know what captaincy did to Sachin). Just worth a shot.

  • Naresh28 on May 5, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Kohli has question marks on his tempers. If he learns to be a cool customer he should be the one to take over. Only time, maturity and experience will tell. Starting next Test tour India needs a new leader. Dhoni is perfect for the shorter versions and then only up to the end of next WC in Oz/Nz. The next coolest of the lot is RAINA for ODI's. There is also no reason why a good bowler could become TEST captain e.g. Kumble's era. No one has stood up and showed the interest to lead. The IPL has been good for Indian cricket in that it gives a broader spectrum and shows up the talent that is there.

  • Imrank52dmc on May 5, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Tests are the different type of game. Though DHONI is mature enough to be a test captain yet his as well as the team india parformance are not good at all specially in foreign wickets. Thats why it is time to choose a new test captain. A test captain should be aggesive, good tempered and best player. Kohli will be the first choice. Pujara will be a big name. In rest of the formet Dhoni is excilent.

  • on May 5, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    dhoni was best leader but i think his prime is past , dhoni get defensive over the time , when india became #1 in test there 5 century back to back by sachin & gambhir , sehwag , zaheer even ishant was firing & dravid & laxman how to forget him , but now days some retired & some r out of form & out of team new player not that promosing , especially bowlers

  • 786Sahin on May 5, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    I don't think Dhoni should continue test captain ship, as his record (out side India ) is very poor. For one day & T20 he should continue as captain another 2-3 years. For Test immediately we need to find new leader. i think selector will definitely think about it.....

  • on May 5, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Dhoni has aired his opinion that, if he wanted to lead India for the title defence in AUS-NZ next year, he will have to quit captaincy of one format which likely will be tests. But the billio dollar question is who is the next lilely successor after him to take the reigns of test captaincy?

  • gandabhai on May 4, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Give Dhoni a half decent test bowling attack and you will see the difference. He took India to no 1 ranking in tests with a mediocre bowling attack . Very few captains could have done that in the history of our beloved sport. MS, You are a champion.

  • binu.emiliya on May 4, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Pujara can be a good test captain and dhoni can lead india in all other format, Sanju or KL rahul can replace dhoni is the test team

  • avmd on May 4, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Don't no it makes business sense or because this site is now owned mostly by Indians, you criticize even a little bit any Indians player and go get censored. Again, I wrote something about Dhoni''s captaincy and as expected, got censored.

  • on May 4, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    So everybody agrees the the fact that Dhoni should retire/be dropped from test cricket and do the job in ODIs and T20s. Dhoni doesn't have the technique and temperament for test cricket and his test record abroad is pathetic. He doesn't even merit a place in the test eleven. Not sure when the selectors take some bold decisions.

  • on May 4, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    it is the right time for farewell to Dhoni, if any one can bowl good length to his off stump, he cant stand up to 9 balls maximum! he won the world cup UNFORTUNATLY, so please don't compare him with our great all-rounder KAPIL DEV, remove him from the national cricket and SAVE Indian cricket!

  • henchart on May 4, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    @Nampally: Let Sharma first cement his place as a test player .On bouncy pitches the guy struggles and should not join the ranks of Yuvraj,Raina as tiger on home pitches and lambs abroad .India needs a captain who performs on the field and the days of playing with knowledge only have long gone with Mike Brearley and Rohit Sharma is no Mike Brearley.

  • on May 4, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Tests however are a different ball game, they demand a captain who is aggressive in temperament and is on the lookout for wickets all the time. Baseline--Dhoni considers bowlers as resources to contain runs, he may well lead India in Tests and T20s but can never do well in tests. Someone like Kohli is the Man for it.

  • on May 4, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Cricket has been a game where the nature of the format decides the quantum of pressure that it places its players under and the requirement of skill sets that it demands off its exponents. The shorter the format the greater the pressure and the lesser skillset that a person could do with. Under this premise the argument for separate leadership across formats certainly holds some weight. Dhoni has been extremely lucky to captain India in tests, for he neither has the technique nor the temperament to exert pressure in tests. He is an artist when it comes to soaking pressure but clueless (or at best unimaginative) when it comes to exerting it. Such candidates at best at the shorter formats where the limited number of overs to score from poses a natural pressure on the batting side. So the bowling captain can just do with defensive fields to choke runs and let the opposition commit the error.

  • cricketsubh on May 4, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    it easy to say for fleming but i donot think so dhoni can lead ind for another 4 years.

  • on May 4, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    main reason for dhoni's por record in overseas tests is he has not got that "Go to Bowler " ..even bangladesh is better in this case..give Dhoni a "Go to Bowler " .. he will do wonders in overseas tests series as well..he is managing with part timers in limited overs as only 10 wickets that we hav to take in limited overs format..but in tests its 20 wickets .....

  • Nampally on May 4, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    There is over whelming support for Dhoni in short Formats but little or None for the Test Format. This is true reflection of Fan observation over the past 5 years. However by making Dhoni Captain all formats of the game, BCCI & the Indian Selectors have not groomed any one for the Captaincy nor are they grooming any one. The leading contenders in my opinion are Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Pujara & Kohli. The first 2 have already captained their province in the Domestic Cricket whilst Pujara has led India A for the past 2 years both at home & abroad quite successfully. Kohli is RCB captain in T20. Of the 4 only Pujara & Kohli are automatic choice to play in Test XI. Of the 4 Rohit has the best personality. He also has a good knowledge of the game. He needs to seal his spot in XI. The Indian Selectors must make an early decision instead of dragging their heels. A new Skipper for England & OZ Tour is the best decision for future of Indian Test Cricket. Install Dravid or Kumble as Manager!

  • ladycricfan on May 4, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Kohli is a top class batsman and he plays with lots of passion. But he needs to learn a lot about captaincy before Dhoni steps down. The way RCB performs doesn't reflects well about his captaincy. I think Pujara with his calm approach might do well captaining the test matches. Kholi can captain ODIs and T20.

  • Machu.mac on May 4, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Let MSD continue His Captainship in ODI and T20 as he is the Best Limited Overs Captain. And let KOHLI be the captain for Test Matches.As Dhoni had not won any major Overseas Test Series....

  • Machu.mac on May 4, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Plase Remove test Captaincy from MSD and let MSD concentrate in ODI and T20.As, He is the Best Captain for Limited Overs.

  • henchart on May 4, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    MSD would be leading India till 2015 WC in all 3 formats unless Indians get walloped 5-0 in England.Last time it was 4-0 there wasnt it?

  • on May 4, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Coaching staff is also as responsible as dhoni n co is for performing badly in test over the period of 1 n 1/2 years. Y dont bcci consider fleming n dravid for coaching panel n find some good bowling coach it may be venkatesh prasad.if you guys remember he was our bowling coach in 2007 t 20 wc which india won n get jonty rodhes for fielding coach n good physio too

  • on May 4, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Dhoni is undoubtedly best wen he leads in odi n t20 but wen it comes to test i feel he just dont have enough resources to play wit specially in the bowling department.talkin abt losses in england australlia south africa newzealand in every tour india just didnt had bowlers who cud pick up 20 wickets n talking about his wicketkeeping skills he may not b the best but surely he is one of the top 3 wicketkeepers in the world. Talking about future captaincy i guess raina shd b t20 captain kohli shd take over as odi captain n dhoni shd only lead in tests n it shd only happen after 2015 wc.

  • arup_g on May 4, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Dhoni is a fantastic limited overs captain, there's no doubt about that but in the test form, he is lacking that inspiration and innovation to take India back to number 1. India need someone not shy to take big risks, like Ganguly did, but Dhon is too laid back and lets the game just roll on. Away from home, we really lack that innovation. Dhoni should certainly lead India in ODIs until the next World Cup (2015), but only he knows whether he wants to stay on after. I think he may step down, and groom Kohli into the role - which wouldn't be a bad idea at all!

    Does Kohli have the skills to be a successful Indian captain? Who knows...but we can't keep guessing. He is the right age, in the form of his life, and is well respected by all Indian players so he is the ideal replacement. Dhoni still has sufficient skill as a keeper batsman to play in the team. Pujara looks the likely man to be the Vice Captain.

  • on May 4, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    @CBVIJAY , please name two , three better wucket keeper baysman in international cricket . I think he has taken more catches , and stumping than any indian wicket kerper, let alone his batting and captning skill. Please check his wicket keeping stats , compaire with other wickt keepr , than pass comments. Please do not say that catches which comes to dhoni are easy ones and while stumping batsman do not try to come back to crease.

  • Coolcapricorn on May 4, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    No, MSD needs to step down from Test cricket at the soonest as the indisputable fact has to be faced that he has shown poor captaincy & selection policies in the longer format of the game - particularly when playing abroad. This has significantly contributed to the thumping series defeats & whitewashes we have suffered abroad in the past few years. Picking two seamers & two spinners in his teams - just as he does back in India - on seaming wickets abroad like in SA, NZ etc is simply ridiculous & delusional! His batting too in Test cricket abroad has been poor too for a long time. He shows a lot a negativity too like in the recent Durban Test where he refused to take the new ball on the 4th morning - until eventually forced to by the umpires - to try to polish off the SA tail & win the Test/series. We instead lost that Test plus the series & a historic opportunity was lost. With the impending visits to England & Australia, really fear for the worst again with MSD at the helm.

  • vkumar_086 on May 4, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Dhoni is one of the finest limited over captain in international cricket....may be currently the best in the world...but too much stress on him, he should give up test captaincy and hand over to Kohli and look how it works...this will even helps kohli to learn the art of captaincy from Dhoni while Dhoni in the ground....if Dhoni's tricks and patience combine with Kohli's aggressiveness, can create wonders....one thing is for sure, its very very difficult to find replacement for Dhoni in Indian team, we have seen the effect of his absence in Asia cup and his return to team made wonder in T20 WC

  • on May 4, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    If is very easy to give suuggestion . Remove johnson from bowling and see what clark did and what he will do. Dhoni is great caption on indian soil and he created chance to win tests with very young team against good teams on there soil . Do not forget NZ defeted AUS in tests not long before. I just do not know what type of caption we want. Even steve waugh could not defeat india in india in whole carrier. We want to win all tests odi and t20 home and abord in all conditions. I think we have to be pracital.

  • on May 4, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Dhoni is a legend in the Limited version format because he has been able to win matches on his own countless occasions. More frequently than any other cricketer in the world. In test matches lets stop blaming him as the test team of ours has failed collectively on all away tours. In test matches its just not possible to win on your own. There is very little that he can do in the situation he has been put in the Test Matches by his bowling/batting team mates.

  • CBVIJAY on May 4, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Waste talking of Dhoni.. Should be sacked from team after 2015 WC...Coming out to play in IPL after 2 down.. Coming to bat in International level after 4 or 5 down.. Is he is a good captain doing that ? Missing 2 stumping and dropping 3 catches for every 5 matches he plays....Still Keeping players who can't shine in overseas... himself too... Waste talking of him..

  • on May 4, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    I instead see rahane or pujara leading Indian test side in coming years.... for me kohli is an attacking batsman and we should let him be that for some more years, may be another 5 years.... sanju Samson should replace dhoni from test format. pujara to captain the side!

  • Boopathi321 on May 4, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Comparing all three formats ,he is good enough in T20 and 50-50 format,Dhoni doesn't suit for test matches.He doesn't play well in test cricket,his playing like Yuvi .I am not comparing with him.I think dhoni's correct time this to quit test cricket.

  • Alexk400 on May 4, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    He should not be test captain if people wants india to win in overseas. He is one of his auto mode in that he makes no decision anyway to win a game. He just doing just enough to be captain. I still think he is greatest leader in any sports but his Test captaincy overseas is just VOID. Its like think nothing do nothing captaincy.

  • Pathiyal on May 4, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    i doubt if he enjoys his test cricket in the same level as ODIs or T20s. he has to increase his success rate in tests. hopefully, he will do.

  • on May 4, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    @yoohoo, I did not talked about Dhoni's 0-4 defeat in Eng or SA? Did I? What I was doing was just comparing the situation in 2 tests, one each in SA and NZ. That is where I said that you give that same situation to Clark (or Baz or Mahela ) with the same set of bowlers Dhoni had, and they will pull off win for you. Not to mention in same situation Cook will end up with same results as Dhoni. He just let the game drift away (talking only & only about Tests). I still have not forgot Dhoni's decision in WI of not going for 90 of 15 overs in a test match. Virat is attacking captain, with his style he may cause us lose a few more tests, but he will also make it exciting and we can probably have more fan following for longer formats in India. Even Rohit looks good in his decisions, provided he is assured of his place first.

  • yoohoo on May 4, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    @Facebook User - Funny about clarke there, considering he lost 4-0 with his set of bowlers!! Very easy to criticize, clarke took a few years after the greats retired before they started winning tests even at home. You want dhoni to win the very first test series with youngsters?? Are you really being objective in your analsis?

    Dhoni had to face the worst transistion period for any test team. Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, zaheer, harbhajan growing old and losing their skill levels (they are responsible for the 8-0 in eng and aus), and now a completely new set of young players still finding feet in international cricket.

    Easy to blame dhoni, how about blaming sachin, dravid, laxman and sehwag for the state on indian test cricket for dragging on their retirement too long (dravid too was a miserable failure in aus).

  • on May 4, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Though not a great fan of Dhoni would prefer him to continue both as captain and wicketkeeper for India across all formats.No doubts he is a bad captain when it comes to tests but what are the alternates Kholi I dont think so he may be india's best batsman scores tons of runs but his attitude temper will do more harm to team india if he is made captain.Moreover do we have a wicket keeper batsman to replace Dhoni answer is a no.DK was given chances whenever Dhoni didnt play he failed both as a keeper and batsman so if want to replace Dhoni groom a new keeper batsmen either saha sanju or naman under Dhoni in atleast 2 formats then talk about his quitting captaincy basically post retirement of fab 4 this test team is still trying to settle and bringing kholi at this moment will have negative impact so let Dhoni stay

  • Nandu_Athadu on May 4, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    Dhoni will be remembered as one of the finest limited overs captain in the Cricketing world. he is India's jewel in Limited overs format as Captain, WK and Player. India will never find replacement to him in limited overs cricket iin coming years. He can captain India until he retires. On the flip side of the coin he is poor TEST captain. His captaincy approach is "wait for the things to happen, let batsman give his wicket". This approach works well in limited overs format when runs flow is controlled and scoring runs will play at the back of the batsman mind and he perishes by doing so. In test you have to proactive, access the next situation which may come up and change your plan accordingly.You need to aggressive to take 20 wickets to win a test match. Some say India dont have the bowling arsenal to take 20 wickets and whats Dhoni's fault in it. In the recent past look at the matches which we should have won easily ended up being a draw/lost.We have to find the replacement soon

  • on May 4, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Dhoni won't be missed in longer format. In shorter formats in his indispensable. I am very impressed with Sanju Samson, lot better in technique which does matters in Tests. Also his captaincy is entirely different in formats. While his wait & watch game suits in shorter format it is unimaginative at the best in Tests. In test matches when things are going in your favor every decision works, it is when things starts going against you, where it counts. And most recent series in SA & NZ, we lost chances to win because nothing out of box was tried. Put Clark in same situation with same set of bowlers, he will deliver you victory.

  • eng_mdkhan on May 4, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Dear Dhoni,

    Lend me your ears.....your feats in limited overs cricket will be stuff of legends by the time you decide to lay down that broad blade of yours;wielded at will to win countless battles. This is from someone who is not particularly fond of you, so imagine otherwise. However, as much as you exhibit your supreme skills in limited overs cricket, your test cricket record severely pales in comparison. It is as if we are watching someone other than the man we have come to admire. Do you not think that it is time for you to gracefully accept this fact? Give way to someone who can better you in the longer version so that your conquests in limited overs cricket are not stained with the failures of test cricket. It is a difficult choice perhaps but a choice that has to be made and what better time than the end of this IPL season. As often as you make the right call on field hope that you will not shy away from making one off it.

    Regards

  • y4yoga on May 4, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    let kholi 1st win in IPL then we can think about him for the national side. Its not the player who scores more runs for a country should be captain. Captaincy is an ability one should have naturally... I personally don't feel he has. I Hope Everyone has seen him jumping and shouting at the opponent batsmen when he gets out even if the batsmen is a bowler... Kholi says that he had changed a lot and become calm now. I think he has changed only the choice of words.The last match when he got out though it was a bad decision his reaction changed and remained same even after the match was over. People is this the attitude a captain of India should possess. There is no offense and I am not against Virat as am also a fan of him for his batting, but not as a captain. If India need to find an alternative after MSD, there are lot of options, but the problem is apart from MSD and Kholi no other place is permanent. so Till India find Mr perfect, I agree with Stephen Fleming

  • Dragonboyz on May 4, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    People who criticize Dhoni just has to see who are the alternatives. Kohli definitely not the right person to lead due to the pressure. He easily gets emotional and could able to see when he leads RCB. Even in West Indies series when he leads Indian team he was pretty average. As for next 2 years leave it to Dhoni let Kohli mature a bit and then he can give the captaincy to him

  • on May 4, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    I think Dhoni must give up test-captaincy. Kohli can lead India in tests. Dhoni is always a better player in limited overs, so let him be there in limited overs.

  • ramli on May 4, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Axing MSD simply does not arise ... he is still India's best wicket-keeper batsman ... all others are flash in the pan ... He has to give up one format to keep himself going well and also lend some time for the next in line ... his leadership has held the team together and provided the much-needed thrust forward though with mixed results ... nobody can deny his space in the team in any format

  • fkhawaja on May 4, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    i agree dhoni should give up test captaincy. there is kohli and now pujara as future prospects for test captaincy.

  • on May 4, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    time for a change in test captaincy... with all honesty India did not make any incredible progress in tests ... once sachin dravid and vvs were past their prime India began to lose badly.... in fact its not just the tests but the overseas tours that have always hurt India... we need a pro active captain who understands the demands of test cricket... not sure if kohli can be the man but he seems the only option

  • on May 4, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    its a no brainer...Dhoni should give up tests..he feels more at home captaining limited overs sides. .

  • spinkingKK on May 4, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    Dhoni is a great limited overs captain, but not a good Test captain and should be replaced. Only thing is there is a shortage of experienced players as alternative captain. Kohli is inexperienced. However, it looks like he is the only other alternative. Gambhir would have been the ideal choice. But, unfortunately, he is out of the team.

  • sams235 on May 4, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    Dhoni is a great player in limited overs. His career depends on how the next world cup will go. Being a big fan of his I would like to see him retire before he is axed -- incase of a disastrous show at the world cup. He is clearly not a test player and should just let Kohli take over.

  • on May 3, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    MSD is a gem of Indian Cricket. If there was some one who had the guts to stand up against the dominance of ageing Ganguly and Dravid, Ignorant Sehwag and Gambhir, a failing bhajji and Zak. It was MSD. we would have never had M. Shami, Shilhar Dhawan, Ravi Jadeja, or Rahanae if it was't For MSD's idea to now look forward to Young guns. I thank MSD for everything he has done for Indian Cricket and so should BCCI.

  • Nampally on May 3, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    Mr. Fleming, a Test captain needs certain attributes which are unique, such as: 1. Leadership abilities over a period of 5 days by keeping his players' spirits high whatever the match situation is. This requires the captain to be a friend, mentor, discioplinarian & psychological coach all rolled into one- both on & off the field. 2. Ability to select a balanced XI with equal emphasis on batting & bowling 3. Field placement ability which makes his bowlers being more effective Vs. each opposition batsman (exploiting the strengths of his bowlers + weakness of opposition bats) 4. Right bowling changes in a timely manner. Most of these attributes are also essential in shorter formats. But their absence are not so prominent in short formats- particularly in T20. In my opinion Dhoni makes a good captain for shorter formats but not so great in longer Test format. Overseas record, where the Captain is directly involved with his players ( 24 x 7), is a good indicator of Captaincy skills.

  • piyer on May 3, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    I personally don't like dhoni's in test not as a captain but as a player. A captain should lead from the front and in test dhoni does not come in that category ( Only in test). And I don' blame dhoni's captaicny because take any capyain who had been successful in test had the best test bowlers be it Ricky ponting or Grame Smith or Fleming for that mater ganguly who had Kumble, Harbhajan,Zaheer some extent to Agarkar and Nehra when they were young and energitic. Oposite to that Dhoni has got a great batting unit and one should not forgrt Test matches are not decided by batsmen but by bowlers. We Indian get excited by seeing a bowler do well in IPL and say het him into national team we tend to foget that franchicy cricket will never Inernational cricket where you play for pride more than money. Unless and untill India produces genune bowler I will never blame the captian be it Dhoni or for that matter any captain. Dhoni with old Zaheer inconsistent Ishanth and some new comers.

  • on May 3, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    dhoni is a captain if you give him a local club side to lead in a WC he will take them far

  • on May 3, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Hoping new BCCI and CEO make some serious decisions on captaincy of India, a new captain has to be blooded, as a Test Captain MSD has been pretty average in comparison to say a S Ganguly. Personally I would like a younger team for T20 unit, then have specialist ODI squad, hopefully guys in domestic who are performing and in IPL will be given their chance. Many Keeper batsmen are standing up to be counted..a Sanju Samson, Shiv Yadav, KL Rahul. We have Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep YAdav, etc etc..Future has to be planned for and the future starts now

  • ramz30380 on May 3, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Probably he can hand over test captaincy to a younger virat and see how it goes - too much stress on MSD - he is greying faster than any other Indian players in intl cricket - he does get stressed only tht he doesnt show it out as much as others! MSD as a player / captain is very valuable to the Indian team and it is important tht they prolong his shelf life as much as possible....

  • sweetspot on May 3, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Fleming + Dhoni - one of the most ideal combinations of minds, temperaments and personalities one can come across in any sports partnerships. There seems to be such a huge comfort factor in this relationship that CSK are just plain lucky to have.

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  • sweetspot on May 3, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Fleming + Dhoni - one of the most ideal combinations of minds, temperaments and personalities one can come across in any sports partnerships. There seems to be such a huge comfort factor in this relationship that CSK are just plain lucky to have.

  • ramz30380 on May 3, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Probably he can hand over test captaincy to a younger virat and see how it goes - too much stress on MSD - he is greying faster than any other Indian players in intl cricket - he does get stressed only tht he doesnt show it out as much as others! MSD as a player / captain is very valuable to the Indian team and it is important tht they prolong his shelf life as much as possible....

  • on May 3, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Hoping new BCCI and CEO make some serious decisions on captaincy of India, a new captain has to be blooded, as a Test Captain MSD has been pretty average in comparison to say a S Ganguly. Personally I would like a younger team for T20 unit, then have specialist ODI squad, hopefully guys in domestic who are performing and in IPL will be given their chance. Many Keeper batsmen are standing up to be counted..a Sanju Samson, Shiv Yadav, KL Rahul. We have Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep YAdav, etc etc..Future has to be planned for and the future starts now

  • on May 3, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    dhoni is a captain if you give him a local club side to lead in a WC he will take them far

  • piyer on May 3, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    I personally don't like dhoni's in test not as a captain but as a player. A captain should lead from the front and in test dhoni does not come in that category ( Only in test). And I don' blame dhoni's captaicny because take any capyain who had been successful in test had the best test bowlers be it Ricky ponting or Grame Smith or Fleming for that mater ganguly who had Kumble, Harbhajan,Zaheer some extent to Agarkar and Nehra when they were young and energitic. Oposite to that Dhoni has got a great batting unit and one should not forgrt Test matches are not decided by batsmen but by bowlers. We Indian get excited by seeing a bowler do well in IPL and say het him into national team we tend to foget that franchicy cricket will never Inernational cricket where you play for pride more than money. Unless and untill India produces genune bowler I will never blame the captian be it Dhoni or for that matter any captain. Dhoni with old Zaheer inconsistent Ishanth and some new comers.

  • Nampally on May 3, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    Mr. Fleming, a Test captain needs certain attributes which are unique, such as: 1. Leadership abilities over a period of 5 days by keeping his players' spirits high whatever the match situation is. This requires the captain to be a friend, mentor, discioplinarian & psychological coach all rolled into one- both on & off the field. 2. Ability to select a balanced XI with equal emphasis on batting & bowling 3. Field placement ability which makes his bowlers being more effective Vs. each opposition batsman (exploiting the strengths of his bowlers + weakness of opposition bats) 4. Right bowling changes in a timely manner. Most of these attributes are also essential in shorter formats. But their absence are not so prominent in short formats- particularly in T20. In my opinion Dhoni makes a good captain for shorter formats but not so great in longer Test format. Overseas record, where the Captain is directly involved with his players ( 24 x 7), is a good indicator of Captaincy skills.

  • on May 3, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    MSD is a gem of Indian Cricket. If there was some one who had the guts to stand up against the dominance of ageing Ganguly and Dravid, Ignorant Sehwag and Gambhir, a failing bhajji and Zak. It was MSD. we would have never had M. Shami, Shilhar Dhawan, Ravi Jadeja, or Rahanae if it was't For MSD's idea to now look forward to Young guns. I thank MSD for everything he has done for Indian Cricket and so should BCCI.

  • sams235 on May 4, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    Dhoni is a great player in limited overs. His career depends on how the next world cup will go. Being a big fan of his I would like to see him retire before he is axed -- incase of a disastrous show at the world cup. He is clearly not a test player and should just let Kohli take over.

  • spinkingKK on May 4, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    Dhoni is a great limited overs captain, but not a good Test captain and should be replaced. Only thing is there is a shortage of experienced players as alternative captain. Kohli is inexperienced. However, it looks like he is the only other alternative. Gambhir would have been the ideal choice. But, unfortunately, he is out of the team.

  • on May 4, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    its a no brainer...Dhoni should give up tests..he feels more at home captaining limited overs sides. .