Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has said that Kohli should be appointed as the Indian test captain. He blasted Dhoni and said that his days are well and truly over.

He said, “You don’t survive as a captain. If you perform then only you stay for a long time. If you don’t perform, there is no survival and you perish– it’s as simple as that. The BCCI has to take some action. A different captain might help, you never know. You don’t get anything readymade. We can only find good captains only if the chance is given. If you don’t give a chance, then how will you know. If I was the selector, I would give the chance to Virat Kohli. Fine, he has not done well in England, it was a one-off performance. If you don’t put responsibility on the players, then how will you know they will perform. You have to be very good in all forms of the game. A good player will excel in all formats of the game. Like there are some players who are meant only for DIs, we should have different captains. It is very hard for the captain to concentrate on three formats at one point. We can have different captains for different forms, like every other country has done.”

He added, “Technically, both Kohli and (Cheteshwar) Pujara were found wanting in England. In England, you should look to play forward; you can’t play from the crease. The main thing was that they allowed the bowlers to bowl to their weaknesses; if you allow the bowlers to bowl well then you are always in trouble. Sometimes, you have to do something different to make the bowlers think differently also. But if you are getting out in the same fashion then the bowler doesn’t need to do much; he just needs to bowl it in the same area.”

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