Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has said time is up for incumbent limited over captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. One of the most successful Indian captains ever Ganguly has urged the selectors to plan the future as MS Dhoni is currently 34 years old and is in the twilight of his career. Speaking during a sports show, Ganguly said, “Every cricket team in the world plans their future. But my question to the selectors is three or four years down the line, do they see Dhoni as the captain of India?”
Ganguly questioned Dhoni’s ability to lead India in the 2019 World Cup in 2019.
“Dhoni has been fantastic in the way he has gone about his job as captain, but does he have the ability in the next four years to see India into the World (Cup) in 2019?”
Dhoni has been leading India since 2007 World T20, In the nine years he has been around, he has led India to the ICC World Cup title in 2011, the T20 World Cup title in 2007, ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and was in charge when India was at the top of the world test ranking in 2010.
“I am not saying he needs to quit cricket, I feel he should continue to play in the shorter formats of the game. India still needs him in limited-overs cricket. He has been captain for nine years, which is a long period. Does he have it in him to go for another four years?
“So the selectors need to find an answer whether they see Dhoni leading India in the 2019 cricket World Cup. If the answer is no, then find a new captain. If the answer is yes, which I will find very, very surprising if Dhoni continues.”
Virat Kohli took over the captaincy from MS Dhoni in 2013-2014 Australia tour after latter’s abrupt decision to bid adieu the longest format of the game. However, Dhoni continues with his ODI and T20 captaincy.
In IPL and recently concluded World T20 at home flaw was found in Dhoni’s captaincy. India ended the WT20 campaign in the semifinal and in IPL Dhoni’s team Rising Pune Super Giants are already out of the contention.