October 26, 2008

Give it to the keeper

Why India should seriously consider retaining Dhoni as captain for the rest of the series, whether Kumble plays or not
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Kumble or Dhoni? The Mohali Test has made the decision all too easy © AFP

Former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy is a sceptic when it comes to captaincy. He believes any suggestion it plays a significant role in achieving victory is purely self-promotion by the fraternity of skippers.

For the benefit of the court I'm displaying Exhibit A, a video of Australia's second innings at Bangalore. Specifically, the period in the game when Anil Kumble was off the field and stand-in captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni led a vibrant India, a team that looked far superior to the one that performed in pedestrian mode a few hours later when the appointed captain was back in charge.

For the true non-believers this is Exhibit B: a video of the second Test, when Dhoni had the captaincy all to himself and a rampant India won by the biggest run margin in their history. Your honour, I rest my case for Dhoni to be appointed captain of India, not just for limited-overs and Twenty20 matches but Tests as well.

Yes, that's right, a change of captain mid-series.

It's not such a dramatic move if you consider the original reason for choosing Kumble as captain of the Test side. He was the ideal person to fill in for a short period until Dhoni was ready to do the job and also to avoid burdening the young keeper-batsman with a tough tour of Australia as his opening gambit in the Test captain's job.

Anybody who watched the Mohali Test and still thinks Dhoni needs more grooming has attended too many dog shows. Dhoni is not only ready, his captaincy in Mohali was a major reason why India currently holds the psychological upper hand in this Test series.

If India doesn't make the permanent change to Dhoni, they risk handing Australia a get-out-of-jail card. Whether Australia is in the right frame of mind to put that card to full use in this series is another question, but why would India want to dig an escape tunnel and chance their opponents stumbling upon it?

The best way to beat a good team is to attack them and try to provoke mistakes. In Bangalore, Kumble played a waiting game and Australia prospered, while in Mohali, Dhoni went on the offensive from the moment he won the toss, which helped send his opponents crashing to defeat.

There's no doubt winning the toss made a huge difference, and having Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir set off aggressively also helped, but Dhoni did plenty to assist his own and the team's cause. Most importantly he created an atmosphere where the players enjoyed the contest. Sehwag was a classic example. He had a smile from start to finish, enjoying his team-mates' success and revelling in the fact that India was playing an aggressive brand of cricket. Dhoni is wise to involve his team in an exciting contest where victory is sought from the first ball, because it galvanises the better players in his team.

Zaheer Khan was like a man possessed, heavily involved in placing his field, and Sachin Tendulkar behaved like an exuberant 18-year-old when he took a vital catch in the second innings. However, the most conclusive evidence that Dhoni had created a winning atmosphere came from the opposing captain.

After the match Ricky Ponting said that India had outplayed his side from start to finish in all aspects, even fielding. An aging Indian side outfielding an athletic Australian side - the next thing you know, Dhoni will be turning water into wine.

Whether the Indian selectors choose Kumble as a bowler for the third Test is dependent on whether he's fit enough to perform near his best. If he is, then he returns to the team because he has been a warrior for India and has brought great credit to himself and his country.

It would be a blessing in disguise to relieve Kumble of the captaincy so he can just concentrate on bowling well and rounding out a wonderful career in a manner befitting a successful and classy cricketer.

It has been said that good captaincy is like pornography - it's hard to define but you know it when you see it. Usually when you do see it, a victory soon follows and after Dhoni's great performance at Mohali, it might be the right time to ask Healy if he still thinks good captaincy doesn't affect the result of a match.

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  • cricamateur on October 28, 2008, 20:58 GMT

    I don't question Dhoni's abilities as a cricketer and real showman, who, as a new captain, dares to take a calculated gamble. But we get carried away by solitary successess; when we win through team effort, we put the captain on a pedestal, while we are quick to blame the Captain's decisions when the whole team fails and we lose. In the Mohali Test, Dhoni was again a lucky winner of the toss, but he was in no way responsible for Ganguly's and Gambhir's centuries, nor the humongous efforts by Zaheer and Harbhajan. Yes, he promotee himself in the batting order, but this is something Captain Dravid himself had done very often by promoting aggressive players and demoting himself down the order when the situation warranted. So it was a combination of toss and team-effort... the whole team deserves praise. Kumble has earned the right to decide when to quit, and Ian Chappell has no right to patronise us. Our Selectors are capable of making the right decisions without being influenced by BCCI.

  • Night-Watchman on October 28, 2008, 18:58 GMT

    I have already articulated my opinion on the captaincy issue. This is to those who say Kumble didnt perform in SA on a turning pitch etc. using your own argument, whenever a batsman fails on a batting beauty, should he be pointed the door? Granted, Kumble has been having a poor year 2008. In the last 7 tests, he has taken only 13 wickets. But remember, in those tests, the fast bowlers particularly Ishant have got a lot of wickets. A poor run over 7 tests is hardly the reason to call for axe, almost any top cricketer goes thru these. Lets talk after Kumble makes the ball talk in Delhi!

    I'll be back.

  • Howie_CrowEater on October 28, 2008, 4:32 GMT

    My response is to "sydneymurugan". You may not realise it but your comments are extremely racist. You have also taken Chappels comments as racially motivated. This is absolutely absurd. You do not have a moral high ground just because you are indian and have had culture for a lot longer than the aussies. Ian's comments are not about Aussie culture vs Indian Culture. Its about producing the best possible team for every single test match that is played. I think some people take their culture too seriously when reading opinions from journalists. Lets not forget that this is a game for entertainment. Lighten up.

  • Davesh_cricket_analyst on October 28, 2008, 3:38 GMT

    I guess everyone is missing one very important point - role of Sehwag (and Gambhir). I can't see India dominating any test match unless Sehwag succeeds. He's the most important personality in the Indian lineup far more valuable than Dhoni or even Tendulkar. Sehwag has played crucial knocks in most of the matches that India has won in India or abroad. Still no columnist no player talks about the greatness of this lad. Forget about the Fab-4, Sehwag is the Fab1 in the Indian batting line up. Well i have no doubt that history will be far more respectful to Sehwag than the present.

  • proteasfan99 on October 27, 2008, 13:24 GMT

    first of all Dhoni has been great but to justify India's wins due to his captaincy in the test arena is lame. If at all we should be blaming anyone for the loses India has suffered lattely then both captain and senior players such as Sachin, Rahul, VVS and Sourav should shoulda the blame as a whole...these are guys who know the value of winnings games and do not need a captain to motivate their personal performances...I think Dhoni should take ova afta this series and give Kumble up to the end of the year to say his goodbyes along with the fab four...Sehwag and Dhoni along with Yuvraj will be thurr to nature the younga batsmen but its just about time but the point is you cannot dismiss legends just like that...lets give them a platform to go out.Sehwag is every team's nightmare right besides respect on current form even Tendulkar does not match him...

  • Superbat on October 27, 2008, 12:53 GMT

    Chappell Is Just Right Dhoni Should Be The Captain.Anil Kumble's Time Is Up. He Is Not The Same Bowler A Few Years Back. He Is Also Unfit, Fielding Is Sloopy. The Whole Team Performs Better Under Dhoni. He Is A Good Thinking Captain. Very Aggressive Style. That's What Is Needed To Win Matches. If Anil Captains The Next Two Tests, Australia May Comeback Strongly. So Beware India! Good Luck To Dhoni.

  • ILoveTestCricket on October 27, 2008, 9:58 GMT

    No doubt Kumble is great player that India has ever produced and no doubt on the way he handled the affairs in Australia during troubled times after Sydney. But he doesn't look in charge of the proceedings when on the field as captain of late. I saw the match at Bangalore from stadium and he never looked like a captain and in-charge of the team. He was keepng it to himself and it reflects on players performance. It was exactly opposite when Dhoni was leading at Mohali. I agree with Ian Chappel. We need no discard Kumble the player, but certainly need to change the guard for the benefit of Indian team.They gel really well under Dhoni.

  • Naseer on October 27, 2008, 7:29 GMT

    I think Kumble deserves to remain as captian at least during this series, which would mark his fate either way, why do we forget his very recent heroics in Aus, with bowl, bat and captaincy, considering his overall cricking credintials he deserves to be the leader, I am sure he would prove it once for all, the jumobo is still ready to deliver.

  • Ayo4Yayo on October 27, 2008, 7:23 GMT

    I think chappell is being ignorant here. He is trying to stir things up between players so that India lose the game. This guy is trying to be so smart but he does not know that public is 10938473298 times smarter than him. He needs to get out of his dreams and start realizing he is not living in fantasy land. Overall leave Indian players alone and worry about your own players who are struggling right now. Nuff said.

  • sydneymurugan on October 27, 2008, 3:09 GMT

    I personally think Dhoni is a better captain than Kumble is or ever will be. But that doesn't mean Indians will ditch Kumble for Dhoni at this stage of his career, where he is entitled to a graceful exit, if not a grand one. This person's entire life's savings (not $$) is at stake here. The least we can do is to carry him on our shoulders and dedicate it to him when we celebrate our series victory. This is our tribute to him. That's how we pay him back, Ian. That's how India is and had been for these 5000 years. Even if we lose the series, this would be the morally right thing, the only right thing to do.

    We are not in the habit of "winning at any cost". Thank you.

  • cricamateur on October 28, 2008, 20:58 GMT

    I don't question Dhoni's abilities as a cricketer and real showman, who, as a new captain, dares to take a calculated gamble. But we get carried away by solitary successess; when we win through team effort, we put the captain on a pedestal, while we are quick to blame the Captain's decisions when the whole team fails and we lose. In the Mohali Test, Dhoni was again a lucky winner of the toss, but he was in no way responsible for Ganguly's and Gambhir's centuries, nor the humongous efforts by Zaheer and Harbhajan. Yes, he promotee himself in the batting order, but this is something Captain Dravid himself had done very often by promoting aggressive players and demoting himself down the order when the situation warranted. So it was a combination of toss and team-effort... the whole team deserves praise. Kumble has earned the right to decide when to quit, and Ian Chappell has no right to patronise us. Our Selectors are capable of making the right decisions without being influenced by BCCI.

  • Night-Watchman on October 28, 2008, 18:58 GMT

    I have already articulated my opinion on the captaincy issue. This is to those who say Kumble didnt perform in SA on a turning pitch etc. using your own argument, whenever a batsman fails on a batting beauty, should he be pointed the door? Granted, Kumble has been having a poor year 2008. In the last 7 tests, he has taken only 13 wickets. But remember, in those tests, the fast bowlers particularly Ishant have got a lot of wickets. A poor run over 7 tests is hardly the reason to call for axe, almost any top cricketer goes thru these. Lets talk after Kumble makes the ball talk in Delhi!

    I'll be back.

  • Howie_CrowEater on October 28, 2008, 4:32 GMT

    My response is to "sydneymurugan". You may not realise it but your comments are extremely racist. You have also taken Chappels comments as racially motivated. This is absolutely absurd. You do not have a moral high ground just because you are indian and have had culture for a lot longer than the aussies. Ian's comments are not about Aussie culture vs Indian Culture. Its about producing the best possible team for every single test match that is played. I think some people take their culture too seriously when reading opinions from journalists. Lets not forget that this is a game for entertainment. Lighten up.

  • Davesh_cricket_analyst on October 28, 2008, 3:38 GMT

    I guess everyone is missing one very important point - role of Sehwag (and Gambhir). I can't see India dominating any test match unless Sehwag succeeds. He's the most important personality in the Indian lineup far more valuable than Dhoni or even Tendulkar. Sehwag has played crucial knocks in most of the matches that India has won in India or abroad. Still no columnist no player talks about the greatness of this lad. Forget about the Fab-4, Sehwag is the Fab1 in the Indian batting line up. Well i have no doubt that history will be far more respectful to Sehwag than the present.

  • proteasfan99 on October 27, 2008, 13:24 GMT

    first of all Dhoni has been great but to justify India's wins due to his captaincy in the test arena is lame. If at all we should be blaming anyone for the loses India has suffered lattely then both captain and senior players such as Sachin, Rahul, VVS and Sourav should shoulda the blame as a whole...these are guys who know the value of winnings games and do not need a captain to motivate their personal performances...I think Dhoni should take ova afta this series and give Kumble up to the end of the year to say his goodbyes along with the fab four...Sehwag and Dhoni along with Yuvraj will be thurr to nature the younga batsmen but its just about time but the point is you cannot dismiss legends just like that...lets give them a platform to go out.Sehwag is every team's nightmare right besides respect on current form even Tendulkar does not match him...

  • Superbat on October 27, 2008, 12:53 GMT

    Chappell Is Just Right Dhoni Should Be The Captain.Anil Kumble's Time Is Up. He Is Not The Same Bowler A Few Years Back. He Is Also Unfit, Fielding Is Sloopy. The Whole Team Performs Better Under Dhoni. He Is A Good Thinking Captain. Very Aggressive Style. That's What Is Needed To Win Matches. If Anil Captains The Next Two Tests, Australia May Comeback Strongly. So Beware India! Good Luck To Dhoni.

  • ILoveTestCricket on October 27, 2008, 9:58 GMT

    No doubt Kumble is great player that India has ever produced and no doubt on the way he handled the affairs in Australia during troubled times after Sydney. But he doesn't look in charge of the proceedings when on the field as captain of late. I saw the match at Bangalore from stadium and he never looked like a captain and in-charge of the team. He was keepng it to himself and it reflects on players performance. It was exactly opposite when Dhoni was leading at Mohali. I agree with Ian Chappel. We need no discard Kumble the player, but certainly need to change the guard for the benefit of Indian team.They gel really well under Dhoni.

  • Naseer on October 27, 2008, 7:29 GMT

    I think Kumble deserves to remain as captian at least during this series, which would mark his fate either way, why do we forget his very recent heroics in Aus, with bowl, bat and captaincy, considering his overall cricking credintials he deserves to be the leader, I am sure he would prove it once for all, the jumobo is still ready to deliver.

  • Ayo4Yayo on October 27, 2008, 7:23 GMT

    I think chappell is being ignorant here. He is trying to stir things up between players so that India lose the game. This guy is trying to be so smart but he does not know that public is 10938473298 times smarter than him. He needs to get out of his dreams and start realizing he is not living in fantasy land. Overall leave Indian players alone and worry about your own players who are struggling right now. Nuff said.

  • sydneymurugan on October 27, 2008, 3:09 GMT

    I personally think Dhoni is a better captain than Kumble is or ever will be. But that doesn't mean Indians will ditch Kumble for Dhoni at this stage of his career, where he is entitled to a graceful exit, if not a grand one. This person's entire life's savings (not $$) is at stake here. The least we can do is to carry him on our shoulders and dedicate it to him when we celebrate our series victory. This is our tribute to him. That's how we pay him back, Ian. That's how India is and had been for these 5000 years. Even if we lose the series, this would be the morally right thing, the only right thing to do.

    We are not in the habit of "winning at any cost". Thank you.

  • ndayannanda on October 27, 2008, 2:10 GMT

    Wow! the comments are ballistic to say the least. I am an Indian and I cannot see how Kumble can justify his position purely on merit- considering all the stupendous efforts of the past. Cricket is sports- the best make the top- irrespective of reputation. If Kumble needs lauded, let's build a temple or town- but should not be a reason for competing at the top. Dhoni is phenominal, and rather equiped for the last few months, to be a captain- maybe the best captain ever. And I still do not know why he is not considered a great- he has been the World No 1 couple of times in the past- even if it is ODI- and who says ODI is not proper cricket. Remember he pasted M and M in Sri Lanka and India were different- while the fab four did not know whether the ball was on the leg or off. And Ian is a great student of Cricket- whether as a player, captain or journo. He is always a series ahead in strategies- read his notes in the past year. At least he is not all cliches - a la Shiva and Shastri.

  • insightfulcricketer on October 27, 2008, 1:38 GMT

    I agree. It has been painfully clear in the last two years actually that Kumble the star bowler was finished long ago. For me the 3rd and final test of South African away series when the series was poised on the 4th inning with South Africa needing 250 odds to win and a breaking wicket. India 1-1 and an ideal situation to win an away series and Kumble came up with a woefully inept display. A professional run setup with objective decision making would have dumped Kumble then. If a spinner with 100 match experience can not deliver at that stage then better start afresh with a newcomer. But alas Indian "wise" men are so busy raking in the easy moolah around that the necessary pruning of team so it flourishes in the future is seen as a foolish act.

  • subhajit on October 27, 2008, 1:34 GMT

    Very good point. But Ian is not a newbie here ignorant of the fact that this never is going to happen. No matter what, a captain cannot be changed in the middle of the series if he is fit. A similar example can be drawn from 2 years back. India was visiting Srilanka in 2005 after the Pakistan series. Sourav was out for the first test after he was punished for slow over rate in Pakistan series. He joined the team in the 2nd test but played as a regular player while Dravid continued as captain for the rest of the series. That was even a stronger case than this because Sourav was the regular captain back then but Dravid was made captain for the whole series. The point is, Chappell knows very well that this is not going to happen in the middle of a series no matter what Dhoni's performance is. It will be outrageous and upright wrong. So knowing this why Chappell is insisting on this? Well don't forget he has a job to do.This is what an Australian does best, putting pressure on 'opponent'.

  • Kolhatkar on October 26, 2008, 23:56 GMT

    Perfect article, Ian is really talking in India's best interests here. The Raj simply has to get rid of its attitude of excessive undeserved respect for elders. Experience and true knowledge deserves respect, not age for the sake of age. If Vengsarkar had not been foolish enough to get rid of Sehwag after just one bad 3 test series against South Africa (where all the batsmen failed), he would have been captain ahead of Kumble and possibly Dhoni would be still vice captain now. Kumble, Dravid, Tendulkar have all done worse as players when they have also been captains and the team cannot afford to have their great players perform below their best. Last chance, Kumble. If it is the burden of captaincy rather than age or injury that makes you bowl not at your best, then prove it at Delhi. Otherwise, move over and make way for Mishra, no one deserves to be dropped after getting 7 for in their debut test. And both Sehwag and Dhoni are easily better captains at strategy than Kumble.

  • Bayman on October 26, 2008, 23:49 GMT

    Following on...for those who suspect a Chappell conspiracy. I'm sure Ian Chappell has felt for some time Australia made a mistake not appointing Warne instead of having Waugh and Ponting. He's often said so. Warne would have been a better captain than either of them but he ruined his chances with his off-field behavior. There's plenty of Aussies who don't rate Ponting as a captain but he's clearly been the best player. Clarke is the next favourite but, unfortunately, while he's an excellent captain he's not really a great player. Hussey is a better player but several years older. The Australian tradition is to appoint long term captains which will work for Clarke and against Hussey. I'd rather have either as captain instead of Ponting. And as I said in a previous comment, Dhoni is India's best captain, clearly, but it remains to be seen if he's a great player. As India have shown, being a great player does not mean a great captain (including Ganguly).

  • Bayman on October 26, 2008, 23:33 GMT

    As an Aussie I find myself agreeing with bingohaley. Those Indian fans suspecting a Chappell conspiracy don't know much about Chappell, cricket or, indeed, anything at all. My advice is to talk to some of your players, past and present, and see if they match your fanaticism for the game and the results. I'll think you'll find, disappointingly no doubt, they don't. Look at how many former captains are in the Indian team. If Kumble comes back in half the team will have captained India at some stage. In Australia I can only remember two captains in the same team, and usually in a case where one has filled in for the injured incumbent (although Benaud stood down against SA to allow Simpson some experience before taking the team to England in 1964). Kumble is captain only because he's the last of the legends to take it on and the selectors were too afraid of appointing a younger man with those 'legends' still playing. Dhoni is the best captain, and importantly he wants it.

  • adelaidemax on October 26, 2008, 23:24 GMT

    The talk of this being an Australian conspiracy to unsettle India is ridiculous. Does anyone seriously believe that the Indian cricket team are going to be unsettled by the opinions of one journalist? Sounds like paranoia to me! Some of the people posting on here are suggesting that if Ian Chappell is serious in his assertions, then Ponting should be replaced with someone in better form; the problem with that is Ponting is an infinitely more successful captain than Kumble... think about it. Just enjoy the cricket and stop looking for conspiracies.

  • sanjivb on October 26, 2008, 23:08 GMT

    Yes, Dhoni should replace Kumble as captain. Indian cricket shouldn't revolve around an individual. India won in Mohali and should stick with this winning team. Playing Kumble as a 5th bowler does not make any sense. Mishra is going to be under bowled as a result. The world has gotten used to Kumble - the element of surprise is now missing. Kumble does deserve a send off, maybe he should be included in the XI in the next series against Bangladesh !! Not when the stakes are so high - especially when India is one ahead in the series

  • J._Doe on October 26, 2008, 21:48 GMT

    I question Ian's motives here. It is common strategies to use comments that will stir up emotions and disrupt the opponent

  • J._Doe on October 26, 2008, 21:44 GMT

    The clever strategy on the part of Ian Chappell to disrupt at winning team by suggesting a change of captaincy in the middle of the series has been recognized by most readers. MSD will be a good captain when he gets there--there's no doubt about it. For now Kumble is fine for the job at hand! Thanks for the help Ian!

  • madmax123 on October 26, 2008, 20:22 GMT

    I agree with Healy. It does make the difference. Dhoni was outstanding in his captancy and his batting. In addition to that it is about the future of Indian cricket and selectors should think that seriously. Now, if Kumble comes back in the next test match, then it has two impacts number one Dhoni will not lead the side and number two you have drop Amit Mishra. After having a dream debut if some one dropped that may even cost the career of a smart emerging cricketer. With due respect to Anil Kumble, he seriously should think about how long he want to continue. Time has came to make some serious tough decision. Its the country come before individual.

  • vaidyar on October 26, 2008, 19:51 GMT

    Mr. Chappell, I agree Dhoni did well, and he is ready and all that... Unfortunately you don't know and have zero idea how things work in India...its not just a local game where no one cares who changes captaincy...if captaincy is changed mid-series the amount of furore that it will cause will change the complexion of the game and the team... Kumble is not any ordinary player, you can't chop and change such an important player mid-series, it'll cause immense unimaginable turmoil in the team and the media will milk to their benefit at the cost of the team. Are you aware of that and hoping that it would happen so that Aus win? Are you the one trying to provide an "out-of-the-jail" card to Aus? Honestly though, apart from the readers here, no one really important in the BCCI setup cares about your statements unfortunately.

    I wonder if you are facing a writer's block here? All 3 of your last articles on Dhoni being made captain and the team smiling all the time...lay off it Mr. Chappell.

  • Night-Watchman on October 26, 2008, 19:12 GMT

    On March 30, 2007 Mr Ian advised Sachin Tendulkar "Look into that Mirror Sachin". I had rated it as the most ridiculous rubbish that was ever published on Cricinfo. Sachin has answered with his bat.

    I think Ian's current piece has now set a new record. Anil Kumble is another of those who has talked with his performance. His current physical condition is a little low and he has been struggling a bit, similar to Sachin when Ian saw the writing on the wall (the mirror?). A good analyst would look at that players track record and other factors before he opines for the world. Ian, however, decrees that Dhoni should take over, that too in the middle of the series when Indians are ahead! That would be like changing your Army Chief in the middle of a war. Sending such a signal to your team would have disastrous future effect including reluctance of players to take on the most hated job. Winning, afterall, is not everything. An Aussie like Ian cant be expected to understand that!

  • bingohaley on October 26, 2008, 17:14 GMT

    Pretty ignorant people commenting here. Ian Chappell's work is providing analysis and commentary on the game, which he does based on his extensive knowledge and experience. He could be right about things and for that matter wrong as well. However, his opinions are not going to be gobbled up by selectors so that he could play as someone so poetically put: "fifth columnist to disrupt a winning Indian team's march."

    So grow up children and discuss and argue the points raised instead of seeing conspiracies. Also do not equate a criticism of your favorite player as being an insult and affront to your personal and the country's dignity.

  • Kamakshi on October 26, 2008, 17:05 GMT

    I agree with Mr.Chappell's position completely. To all those stuck in a time warp, let's get things straight. Kumble has been a fantastic match-winner for Indian cricket over the past couple of decades and should be awarded the utmost respect. However, no one is above being dropped. Even the SUGGESTION of dropping Kumble does not need to accompany with it an outporing of emotion. Performance and fitness and one eye towards the present and the future should be the main criterion for selction. Kumble is not upto the mark in any of these areas anymore. Now that he has been selected for the rest of the series, however, we must simply enjoy the last of his bowling over the next couple of test matches after which he should retire gracefully. I also feel Ganguly's retirement(which should soon be followed by Laxman) should pave the way for the entry of Raina and Yuvraj. Dravid and Tendulkar should have a year or so left so Indian cricket can 'phase out' the exodus of the legends.

  • Cricket_Indian on October 26, 2008, 15:59 GMT

    Mr Chappell - Thanks for the unsolicited suggestions. I doubt if this was not the Australian style of off-the-field tactics to divert attention of the strong opponents who are overpowering. I feel the Australian team at the moment needs the words of wisdom to protect their self esteem. So please go away and conduct some sessions for the Aussie captain.

  • Nata on October 26, 2008, 15:41 GMT

    Have heard enough. I do not know why "Sehwag was all smiles" makes Chappell think Dhoni should be captain all time.

  • Nampally on October 26, 2008, 15:16 GMT

    A fine and honest article Ian. Dhoni has proven his leadership abilities in getting the best out of his team in ODI's, 20/20 and now in Test match. Getting the best out of your team is a rare inherent talent, which many "appointed" captains do not have. Dhoni understands the game,his players and the situations where dynamic action is needed. He leads by example. Not many captains, present or past, have/had this ability. Indian Selectors must understand this and place capability above sentiments. Kumble has been a great cricketer but he must know when to quit. I hope in the Delhi test he will take a few wickets and then announces his retirement. This is the right time for it. India has excellent leg spinners in Mishra & Chawla and a "dynamic" captain in Dhoni who deserve their chances. If they are kept waiting they may lose their intensity. There are also excellent young batsmen "in waiting". Indian Selectors, please let the new era with a younger generation of cricketers be dawned in.

  • starttalk on October 26, 2008, 14:34 GMT

    Kumble has been doing a great service for India and your article is a disgrace for every Indian fan. And to be honest.. its to be expected considering that your WISE statement shoud come in the middle of a series. Pls spare this pro-india talk. Your suggestions are pretty one-sided! Why dont you get rid of Ponting now and let Clarke take over Mr. Ian!?!?! Oh let me think.. it creates insecurity for the players, eh?

  • Dubby49 on October 26, 2008, 13:46 GMT

    Give it up Ian. This sounds like a fifth columnist's work to disrupt a winning Indian team's march.

    Anil has been appointed captain for the full series. In case you have forgotten, he (and the rest of the team) was initially selected for the first two tests only. They were then reselected for the last two, indicating that he stil has the confidence of the selectors.

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on October 26, 2008, 13:35 GMT

    I don't understand what good has Kumble done as captain. He led a side that actually did worse than it did under his predecessor and people are feeling too delicate to drop him from the side. As for the smattering of posts condemning Dhoni, they smack of an inability to embrace the new India that is confident and vibrant without being brash.

  • J._Doe on October 26, 2008, 13:24 GMT

    I question Ian's motives here. It is common strategies to use comments that will stir up emotions and disrupt the opponent

  • RagsTweets on October 26, 2008, 10:59 GMT

    Mr Chappel, please understand a few things: 1.In the 1st test, batsmen did not click (Dhoni included) and a few got into the rescue act; pitch was apparently unhelpful to bowlers. in the 2nd test, batsmen (Dhoni included) clicked. The bowlers got a psychological advantage; 2. Dhoni can be credited for not letting the pressure off, but not for batsmen's good performance - except that of himself; 3. Dhoni has been a 'lucky' rather than a 'better' captain - batsmen and bowlers have clicked under him. His 'batting, more than captaincy' explains the difference between 'the win at Mohali' and 'the draw at Bangalore'. 4.He is undoubtedly a match winner - but his adrenaline flows only under his own captaincy! 5. 'The Oz Way' is not necessarily right or good, as we have been seeing from you and your famous brother. There is a traditional Indian way of doing things - in business, sport, etc. 6. Hence Kumble shouldn't lose the job NOW! Sehwag should succeed Kumble SOON!

  • KapilDaJawabNahi on October 26, 2008, 10:58 GMT

    This one is a no brainer really. Dhoni makes the Indian team ticks like no other captain has done in recent past. Kumble is suffering with low confidence and has fitness and form worries. To send him out as captain for the 3rd test will not help his cause. But then how do you say to this proud man that he won't be captain anymore. There in lies the problem. He is a hugely popular and respected man. It needs a courgaeous selector to explain to him and get him to agree to that.

    What do you think of Ponting though? He has been riding on a crest wave as a captain since 2005. But to be honest I would never bracket him as a great captain. For a start I do not think he is leader. Also I am not convinced that he has a very good tactical brain. He gets far too animated at little things with umpires and opposition batsmen.

  • Dravidesque3785 on October 26, 2008, 10:45 GMT

    This is all because of bunch of jokers called "Selectors". They dropped Sehwag from tests because of his problems in ODIs. Otherwise he could have easily taken over from Rahul Dravid rather than going one step back and giving it to Kumble. As far as the present problem is concerned kumble should stand up and voluntarily give up captaincy. But he won't do that just because he is a fighter and has been fighting for the last two decades. You can't ask him to stop fighting nor he can tell that to himself. So, selectors should take a call.

  • sudagra on October 26, 2008, 9:32 GMT

    I checked the 2003-04 series. When Adam Gilchrist was appointed captain of Australia because Ponting was injured and Gilly won those matches, then Ian Chappel did not suggest that Gilly should be made permanent captain because he won it in India and Ponting was not able to. Ponting came back in the last match and he duly lost the last match still he remained captain. Removing captain will be instilling fears in the mind of seniors which may not be a good idea.

  • rahulac on October 26, 2008, 9:28 GMT

    I would like to produce Exhibit A: footage of MS Dhoni's dismissal in the 1st Test; zero movement of feet, distance of a foot between bat and pad, moving bat horizontally like a broom. This man single-handedly made M Clarke look like Shane Warne. You also want to credit MS Dhoni because Veeru was happy about the century of his retiring team mate? And for going on the offensive after winning the toss? All he did was send India's regular openers(both of them aggressive batsmen) on a rose bed of a pitch. Why don't you go ahead and claim that Sachin was motivated to break the world record because of Dhoni? or that Sourav crossed 7000 runs because he was happy playing under MSD? Zaheer Khan had the worst economy of the Indian bowlers, so much for his 'man possessed' field placing. And I believe EVERY CAPTAIN seeks victory from the first ball, no one goes into the field saying "lets go lose this game, or get a draw at best". I really don't know what you're talking about, Mr. Chappell

  • Azfar on October 26, 2008, 8:55 GMT

    Of all the popular sports, Cricket is the game where a captain has the greatest role to play. Ian Chappell himself galvanized Australia to make it a great team and so did Imran for Pakistan. Pakistan had better players in the 70's but won very little. Under Imran, with men of lesser talent & ability they still won many memorable victories including the 1992 WC. Obviously Imran had a great role to play in that. I totally agree with Ian Chappell that Dhoni is a far better captain than Kumble. In fact he has shown the traits to be one of the all time greats. But I don't agree that he should take over from Kumble in this series. This can happen only if this idea comes from Kumble himself. Agreed that Kumble was made captain so that Dhoni can be eased into the role in a more smoother manner. He certainly looks ready for it, but it will be unfair to Kumble to remove him in the middle of a series. Maybe this is a very Indian thing to say, but then that's how we are !!

  • JTEE on October 26, 2008, 8:16 GMT

    The idea does carry weight. But some drastic changes are easier said than done in a nation of 1 billion fanatics. Permanently changing the captain in mid series can create chaos. To be fair to kumble, he had done a pretty decent job as captain in the last australian series where they gave the aussies good competition. Can the same creativity be expected of the aussies if the stand in captain does an excellent job in the absence of ponting ?

  • Arvind3 on October 26, 2008, 7:59 GMT

    Ian, I'm NOT too convinced that you are NOT speaking as an Aussie. Thats plain and straight.

    I believe Dhoni is a best fit for a stand in captain and not a long term one. May be the word 'yet' could be included in the previous statement. I say so because of my personal opinion about Dhoni, which I don't want to share with you because of the reason I already mentioned - that I am not convinced that you are speaking as a neutral spectator or an analyst.

    Kumble still has time left until which he should remain a captain. This would prove to be the grooming period for his successor, whoever that may be.

  • raghuvir007 on October 26, 2008, 7:09 GMT

    i think any suggestion that Anil needs to be slowly eased out is hurtful to any indian cricket fan. he has been a great servant of the game and is the leader of the pack of Fab five in my book. you need 20 wickets to win a match and that has held for 130 odd years of test cricket. However Anils form over the last 6 months has been on the wane and he seems to be struggling on the field also. all this coupled toghter does affect a captain's mind.One wants to give Anil a exit of his choosing. thats the least he desrves.But i am sure more than any one he realises that it cannot be at the cost of the team's performance.

  • xylo on October 26, 2008, 6:50 GMT

    Spot on assessment. However, if Kumble is relieved of captaincy, I doubt if his recent performances, combined with the success of Mishra will fetch him a place in the playing XI

  • pappusaala on October 26, 2008, 6:45 GMT

    Not sure why anybody sees a conspiracy here.

    After watching "Exihibit A", I had posted on rediff hoping Kumble will fake an injury and sit out for 1 test so Dhoni could be incharge.

    When Dhoni is at the helm, there seems to be a noticable excitement among the players, and there's a purpose for them to be on the field. As soon as Kumble arrived, it just vanished, it was back to traditional indian test cricket where everybody was just waiting for something to happen.

    Ganguly started India's winning ways, but I don't remember anybody leading from the front like Dhoni seems to be doing.

  • revanth035 on October 26, 2008, 6:43 GMT

    A captain is as good as his team and mohali was a perfect example to prove it.the bowlers bowled well ,the batsmen did their job in mohali .when the going is good, every move made by the captain is hailed as tactically brilliant but when it backfires nobody cares .ricky ponting for example is not a brilliant captain to me by any stretch of imagination.he is a good player and has a good captaincy record just because he had stalwarts like gilchrist,mcgrath,warne and gillespie in his ranks. his team looks mediocre without the star power and austraila's dominance is plummeting.

  • MohanB on October 26, 2008, 6:25 GMT

    Ian Chappell is that rare kind of cricket thinker, whose clarity of thinking is matched by his forthrightness. One can only hope that the current set of Indian selectors is bold enough to heed his advice.

    Lass than year ago, Chappell commented on the foolhardiness of the then selectors in leaving out Virender Sehwag from the list of probables for the tour to Australia.Thankfully, the selectors rectified the mistake in the nick of the time. The effect was nothig less than dramatic. India lost the first two tests with Sehwag watching from the sidelines, and then, as Sehwag returned to reclaim his rightful place at the top of the order, they looked a different side altogether, winning at Perth and pushing the Aussies hard at Adelaide. Sehwag has been the key batsman for India ever since, with a match-saving 150 in the final innings of that series, and a triple ton in the very next innings, against South Africa.

    Chappell is right again. But, do Srikkanth & Co have the guts?

  • Wideleg.Byes on October 26, 2008, 6:18 GMT

    Ian is spot on. The game is ever changing and we need new and brave thinkers. It does not matter where India played, Kumble as a captain always played the waiting game. MS is not in the same class as Kumble talent wise but is more instinctive as a captain. Unlike Ganguly who was short on batting form in his captaincy days, MS has ensured that his batting and wicket keeping skills have not suffered. MSD is ready for test captaincy.

  • TheGiant on October 26, 2008, 6:07 GMT

    With due respect to all for and against this issue, I just want to say that one should never gauge everybody with the same yardstick. Every player has his pluses and minuses. Mr. Kumble has been one of India's finest cricketers. He has been in this side from era to era and served the country to his fullest capabilities with utmost modesty. No one can ever forget the feat he achieved by bundling out Pakistan in the "February 1999 Delhi Test Match" and made India swell with pride. Many a times he has shown what it takes to be a cricketing legend. I easily recall that match when he got a jawline fracture but nevertheless continued to play the match with a cast on his whole head. I think everybody will agree to this that he is a true Legend of Indian Cricket. Having said this, I do feel that Mr. Kumble as Indian Captain has met the same fate as did Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, another Indian Cricket Deity. The captaincy is certainly affecting his abilities as a world-class spinner. Cont....

  • jaguar7777 on October 26, 2008, 5:54 GMT

    i could not have agreed more with ian chappel.however great kumble was or has been, he certainly is not above the team nor is he above the country's interest,that is winning the current series.his recent form does not suggest he could deliver for india.dropping mishra to accomodate him will be an appauling blunder.dhoni is a god's gift to indian cricket and in a short career till date has done more as captain than any other indian,in the mohali test he was the skipper of a side which had 4 former captains and not only did he lead from the front but also could get the best out of them."if a player has 10% capacity and the leader of that player can extract 90%performance out of that 10@" i would call that leadership and in my opinion dhoni is that kind of a leader. jithender mehra

  • shalivahana on October 26, 2008, 5:39 GMT

    Dhoni still has time, no rush. In the Mohali test, irrespective who the Indian captain would have been, India would have held upper hand: * In India with a toss win, you always bat first, unless you're a Dravid playing in Mumbai against England * The first 7 guys got the score to 325 on batting pitch * After long time Dhoni scored runs in test matches, he gets credit * Indian bowlers exploited the conditions * No surprise with Amit Mishra if you've seen him in IPL, he is top rated. * A winning team with upper hand is always high on energy, and add Mishra's googlies to it * Ponting complimented the opposite team, not sure he mentioned Dhoni. * On Sehwag's smile, and the enjoyable atmosphere ? Gimme a break, where did he get this from ? just because he is promoting Dhoni. Chappel is undermining himself by writing such uncorroborated attributes. This is cheap writing and dumb analysis, predicating upon unreal. * And last over of T20 WC final was a fluke, victory is always a bastard

  • Mangomix on October 26, 2008, 5:38 GMT

    As always Ian you are spot on, if only others in the cricket establishment displayed the common sense you always bring with your views. Thankyou

  • rbabbel on October 26, 2008, 5:27 GMT

    A few weeks ago Ian Chappell wrote in his column that the MSD is not even a long term prospect for captaining India since he is a keeper. Focusing on every ball for five days, setting the fields, rotating the bowlers, coming up with ideas and retaining one's keeping and batting forms were mentioned by Chappell as next to impossible for any keeper. All it took was one test to change Chappell's opinion? Talk about jumping the gun. MSD is indeed a great prospect for captaincy. But let him be tested in the longer version in different countries and on different pitches while being a vice-captain. Not sure of what happened to Ian's cricketing acumen and judgment. I guess cricket experts/columnists should also retire after certain age.

  • ranjeetc on October 26, 2008, 5:26 GMT

    I used to be skeptical earlier of Ian Chappell's views. But he has been extremely accurate and unbiased in his cricket analysis. I remember before India - Australia test series last year, when India did poorly in the first two matches, he advocated bringing back Sehwag, taking some chances because of Sehwags's unpredicatable but lethal potential. This was at a time when everyone suggested Sehwag was given enough chances. His analysis about bowling skills, the details on swing, spin bowling everything is made so that ordinary folks understand the science behind it. I absolutely agree that MSD should be made the captain. He brings the best out of the team, sets more aggresive and creative fields, is quick with bowling changes and leads by example.

  • Gizza on October 26, 2008, 5:17 GMT

    Another excellent article by Ian. Surya_adi and Sajin, there is no conspiracy by the Australians. It is a simple fact that the Indians haven't performed at their best when under the leadership of Dhoni. The only other captain in recent times that has inspired the team is Ganguly, and he is going to retire soon.

    And Surya, how can you say Dhoni could have done nothing against Sri Lanka in the Test series? Did you see that India's one day batsmen handled Murali and Mendis much better? To such an extent, that they beat Sri Lanka in the ODI series. (the form in which they are generally considered to be better in).

    It is interesting to note that you couldn't actually defend Kumble's captaincy. You couldn't say that his defensive fields make him a good captain whereas Dhoni's agressive tactics and pre-emptive decisions are reminiscent of Steve Waugh, Shane Warne in the IPL and Clive Lloyd, coincidentally the captains of the greatest teams in recent cricketing history.

  • Lakshs on October 26, 2008, 5:12 GMT

    Dear Mr. Chappell,

    I do admire your comments on television but you are out of way in suggesting something such as this in the middle of the series. How about making Clarke, Hayden or even Hussey the Captain of Australia for the remaining games? We feel Aussie players are not giving as much under Ponting! There are a lot of things to be fixed in Australian Cricket - for one, you could counsel your players to play the game in its true spirit, stop sledging ....

    I agree with Ian that M.S. would make a good captain. But the way that Ian wants to do this is not sensible and not fair on a great cricketer and team player like Anil Kumble.

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on October 26, 2008, 5:10 GMT

    And the guy who thinks Dhoni couldn't have done anything in Lanka needs to be reminded that he was captain of the side that won the ODI series without Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dravid, Ganguly, and half-fit Gambhir and Yurvaj.

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on October 26, 2008, 5:08 GMT

    Kumble's captaincy record reads 3 wins, 5 losses, 5 draws. He lost the series Down Under and in Lanka, beat Pakistan 1-0 when the margin of victory should have been 2-0 if not 3-0, and effectively lost the home series to South Africa (Dhoni captained the side that leveled the series). The only way you can call it a winning side is if it's Bangladesh.

    And those who think this is a conspiracy by the Aussies to weaken the side should think back to December when Chappelli called for Sehwag's inclusion in the side for Australia when most of you pseudo-patriots were happy to have Jaffer in the side.

  • Natx on October 26, 2008, 5:01 GMT

    Ian is spot on. Right time to bring Dhoni. No place for sentiments if you want to be number one team. Kumble will be better off as a bowler than a captain. It will do him a world of good to finish his career on a high. One doesn't have to look beyond Ganguly and Tendulkar for a better examples whose careers as batsmen has been good since they were relived from skipper duties. Rahul Dravid though seems to be an exception and is on his own world since giving up the captaincy. With due respect to all his great services to Indian cricket, it is time he understands captaincy is not something that suits his nature in the current world of aggressive and result oriented cricket.

  • Supratik on October 26, 2008, 4:53 GMT

    Excellent no-nonsense stuff, Chappelli. Just like the captain and the player you were. You are becoming something of a writer these days, to add to your excellent commentary which I have loved ever since Channel 9 was beamed in India in the mid 80s. One does not always agree with you, but on this one one has to. Captains have changed mid-series many times before and is not a blasphemy. Kumble who did the holding job for 1 year is in the last legs of his career much like Ganguly. And you are right, giving up the captaincy will let him concentrate on his bowling and he can go out with flying colours like Ganguly is. In the meanwhile Dhoni can carry the Aussies to their cricketing graves. Nothing will please a Indian fan more.

  • SSharmais on October 26, 2008, 4:30 GMT

    Well said. Nobody doubts Kumble's commitment but it should not be at the cost of THIS series. The difference in the team's performance under Dhoni is clearly visible (actually has been for a while). While Kumble was the right choice as Captain for the the Ind-Aus test series down under (due to its magnitude), Dhoni's performance as Captain in the one days (in the same series) should have dispelled any doubts as to his level of readiness. The selectors decision to reappoint Kumble again for this series was not necessarily wrong, but again call it luck or ability, Dhoni has taken the opportunity (most people consider it a curse) handed over to him and turned it into a spectacular success. Luck has probably played a part (the man has been graceful enough to acknowledge it) but cliched as it may sound, great leaders make their own luck. While I haven't seen the videos Ian refers to, I don't feel I have to. The results speak for themselves...

  • ALLROUNDCRICKET on October 26, 2008, 4:24 GMT

    Spot on Ian. Brutal candour without mincing words is a fact that most are hesitant and uncomfortable of, and I appreciate you not parsing your thoughts. For too long challenging the staus quo has been seen as egregious. It is time the team is moulded in the shape of the Great country that India now is: Bold, Aggressive, Never-Say-Die and willing to gel together as a team to achieve a goal.

  • surya_adi on October 26, 2008, 4:23 GMT

    once upon a time, indian cricket was doing well under ganguly when one mr. greg chappell came along. now that kumble did well to put a winning side together for indian cricket, one mr. ian chappel has come around. in a way ian healy is right: ms dhoni as a captain could have done nothing as a captain in the recently concluded india sri lanka series which india lost. Ever thought about that Mr. Chappell (Ian)?

  • SajinVarghese on October 26, 2008, 3:46 GMT

    A true conspiracy by an Australian to diminish the confidence of senior players who are famed with world

  • sideee on October 26, 2008, 3:10 GMT

    "Good captaincy is like pornography"! He is giving Navjot Singh Sidhu a run for his money!!! Ha ha!!

  • dyogesh on October 26, 2008, 3:10 GMT

    Spot on. Dhoni seems to have that x-factor as a captain. The last stages of IPL where Chennai minus the star players pushed the talented Rajasthan team to the end was prime example of his brilliant captaincy. Like with Warne, players seem to believe that there is some magic wand in Dhoni's hand. That's the most important thing. But i guess Indian selectors are afraid of what happens if India lose on continuing with Dhoni. You see, our thinking is a bit lateral.

  • henchart on October 26, 2008, 3:08 GMT

    I agree.MSD is a better choice for Captaincy and should repalce Anil Kumble asap.Anil Kumble was always a stop gap arrangement for captaincy aftermath Dravid.This arrangement was totally un-necessary and MSD should have been appointed Skipper for all forms of the Game .But you know how mandarins at BCCI are.

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  • henchart on October 26, 2008, 3:08 GMT

    I agree.MSD is a better choice for Captaincy and should repalce Anil Kumble asap.Anil Kumble was always a stop gap arrangement for captaincy aftermath Dravid.This arrangement was totally un-necessary and MSD should have been appointed Skipper for all forms of the Game .But you know how mandarins at BCCI are.

  • dyogesh on October 26, 2008, 3:10 GMT

    Spot on. Dhoni seems to have that x-factor as a captain. The last stages of IPL where Chennai minus the star players pushed the talented Rajasthan team to the end was prime example of his brilliant captaincy. Like with Warne, players seem to believe that there is some magic wand in Dhoni's hand. That's the most important thing. But i guess Indian selectors are afraid of what happens if India lose on continuing with Dhoni. You see, our thinking is a bit lateral.

  • sideee on October 26, 2008, 3:10 GMT

    "Good captaincy is like pornography"! He is giving Navjot Singh Sidhu a run for his money!!! Ha ha!!

  • SajinVarghese on October 26, 2008, 3:46 GMT

    A true conspiracy by an Australian to diminish the confidence of senior players who are famed with world

  • surya_adi on October 26, 2008, 4:23 GMT

    once upon a time, indian cricket was doing well under ganguly when one mr. greg chappell came along. now that kumble did well to put a winning side together for indian cricket, one mr. ian chappel has come around. in a way ian healy is right: ms dhoni as a captain could have done nothing as a captain in the recently concluded india sri lanka series which india lost. Ever thought about that Mr. Chappell (Ian)?

  • ALLROUNDCRICKET on October 26, 2008, 4:24 GMT

    Spot on Ian. Brutal candour without mincing words is a fact that most are hesitant and uncomfortable of, and I appreciate you not parsing your thoughts. For too long challenging the staus quo has been seen as egregious. It is time the team is moulded in the shape of the Great country that India now is: Bold, Aggressive, Never-Say-Die and willing to gel together as a team to achieve a goal.

  • SSharmais on October 26, 2008, 4:30 GMT

    Well said. Nobody doubts Kumble's commitment but it should not be at the cost of THIS series. The difference in the team's performance under Dhoni is clearly visible (actually has been for a while). While Kumble was the right choice as Captain for the the Ind-Aus test series down under (due to its magnitude), Dhoni's performance as Captain in the one days (in the same series) should have dispelled any doubts as to his level of readiness. The selectors decision to reappoint Kumble again for this series was not necessarily wrong, but again call it luck or ability, Dhoni has taken the opportunity (most people consider it a curse) handed over to him and turned it into a spectacular success. Luck has probably played a part (the man has been graceful enough to acknowledge it) but cliched as it may sound, great leaders make their own luck. While I haven't seen the videos Ian refers to, I don't feel I have to. The results speak for themselves...

  • Supratik on October 26, 2008, 4:53 GMT

    Excellent no-nonsense stuff, Chappelli. Just like the captain and the player you were. You are becoming something of a writer these days, to add to your excellent commentary which I have loved ever since Channel 9 was beamed in India in the mid 80s. One does not always agree with you, but on this one one has to. Captains have changed mid-series many times before and is not a blasphemy. Kumble who did the holding job for 1 year is in the last legs of his career much like Ganguly. And you are right, giving up the captaincy will let him concentrate on his bowling and he can go out with flying colours like Ganguly is. In the meanwhile Dhoni can carry the Aussies to their cricketing graves. Nothing will please a Indian fan more.

  • Natx on October 26, 2008, 5:01 GMT

    Ian is spot on. Right time to bring Dhoni. No place for sentiments if you want to be number one team. Kumble will be better off as a bowler than a captain. It will do him a world of good to finish his career on a high. One doesn't have to look beyond Ganguly and Tendulkar for a better examples whose careers as batsmen has been good since they were relived from skipper duties. Rahul Dravid though seems to be an exception and is on his own world since giving up the captaincy. With due respect to all his great services to Indian cricket, it is time he understands captaincy is not something that suits his nature in the current world of aggressive and result oriented cricket.

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on October 26, 2008, 5:08 GMT

    Kumble's captaincy record reads 3 wins, 5 losses, 5 draws. He lost the series Down Under and in Lanka, beat Pakistan 1-0 when the margin of victory should have been 2-0 if not 3-0, and effectively lost the home series to South Africa (Dhoni captained the side that leveled the series). The only way you can call it a winning side is if it's Bangladesh.

    And those who think this is a conspiracy by the Aussies to weaken the side should think back to December when Chappelli called for Sehwag's inclusion in the side for Australia when most of you pseudo-patriots were happy to have Jaffer in the side.