Condemning the much hailed ‘Captain Cool’, Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a “serial offender” in India’s Test debacles abroad and particularly against England, former Australia captain Ian Chappell said that if the team fails to emulate at full throttle and deliver accordingly, then another capitulation is certain against a highly competitive Australian outfit.
There’s no disgrace in losing; winning and losing are part and parcel of Cricket. However, what is disgraceful is the failure to compete to the best of your ability and ooze out with the utmost of it, rather continuing to make the same mistakes again and again. That is what India has done for the majority of their last two visits to the UK and their most recent tour of Australia, Chappell exhaled of India’s lackluster performances abroad.
He said the latest Indian Test debacle, the 1-3 loss to England, was even worse than the previous submissions as India, however managed to pull out a monumental victory at the Lord’s.
If India continues to bat, bowl and field poorly and fail to compete at full throttle under Dhoni’s lackluster captaincy, then another humble submission is bound to arrive any time soon against a highly competitive Australian outfit, he added.
Dhoni is a serial offender in those Indian catastrophes. In all three cases of fiascos – the first two full series and the last three Tests of the recent capitulation – his captaincy failed to instigate the team, Chappell posited.
Chappell was not only critical of Dhoni’s captaincy but also his wicket-keeping. The first slip position has now become a hazardous zone as Dhoni has given up attempting to catch anything other than a straightforward gift on the batsman’s off side, the Aussie chuckled.
Also criticizing Dhoni’s selections, Chappell opined that he has never been a believer in the captain having a vote on selection; a say, yes, but a vote, no. In the last series, Dhoni supplied with ample proofs regarding this. His selection of Roger Binny’s star-kid, Stuart Binny as an all-rounder was farcical though, believed Chappell. And to pick someone like Ravindra Jadeja as a front-line spinner is an example of nothing but serious miscasting.
But, out of all these muddles, one of India’s biggest problems, Chappell feels, is to find an apt replacement for Dhoni as the Test captain, following the repeated batting failures and erratic behavioural and attitude patterns of his logical yet distant successor Virat Kohli.