Steve Waugh has suggested India Test captain MS Dhoni should consider his leadership position ahead of the team’s tour of Australia this summer.
Dhoni, who has led India to the World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20 titles, has won 27 of his 58 Tests as captain to hold a winning record of 47 per cent in the longest form of the game. Dhoni has led India to various heights in ODI’s and T20’s but when it comes to test matches it has not been anything great. He took India to Number 1 spot ranking as a Test side but that was the time when India had played most of its matches in India.
His Test record away from home is not that great, he has led his side to six wins from 28 Tests outside India, and four from 24 matches outside the subcontinent, this is a major concern ahead of the four-Test series in Australia, which starts in Brisbane on December 4th.
While commending Dhoni’s leadership in the shorter forms of the game, Waugh said questions had to be asked about whether the 33-year-old is the right man to lead India in this summer’s Test series.
“I think there is a question mark over Dhoni’s leadership in Test cricket,” Waugh said at the Thunder Down Under function held in India last weekend.
“But Test matches, he just seems like he’s a little bit jaded and worn out from a decade of constant pressure and constant playing. So I think there is a question mark over his captaincy in Test match cricket. Dhoni will probably be the captain in Australia, but I don’t think it would be such a bad thing if he wasn’t.”
India’s victory over England at Lord’s in July was Dhoni’s first Test win away from home for almost two years. After winning the match India was ahead 1-0 and there was so much pressure on cook and England but the manner in which we played next 3 matches was shocking and that is a huge concern.
Waugh said the manner in which India fell away in England was a concerning trend of Dhoni-led sides away from home. Overall, seven of Dhoni’s 14 losses as captain away from home have been by more than an innings, while two have been by 10 wickets and two by greater than 250 runs.
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