Martin Crowe: MS Dhoni’s captaincy in Tests illogical

Shashi / 16 August 2014

New Zealand batting incredible Martin Crowe has pummeled the “nonsensical” captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the progressing Test series in England and feels India would be better off without his initiative in the longest format.

“In the event that he (Dhoni) did back up from Test cricket, India wouldn’t miss his unusual, regularly irregular, strategies. His choices are nonsensical when discovering the suitable balance in selecting authority players to skill the opposition over long periods,” Crowe remarked in his Cricinfo section.

“His maneuverings on the field as keeper and strategist are time after time conflicting with what the circumstance of game requests – Ishant Sharma bowling short at Lord’s the special case.”

India, 1-2 down with a match to go in the five-match Test series, are very nearly losing yet an alternate abroad fight under Dhoni’s captaincy. The wicket-keeper batsman is just three away misfortunes far from equaling Stephen Fleming and Brian Lara‘s doubtful record of 16 abroad annihilations, the most by a Test skipper.

Crowe, additionally a former New Zealand skipper, said Dhoni’s strategies just suit restricted overs cricket and he ought to rather concentrate on India’s World Cup defense in Australia and New Zealand one year from now.

“He (Dhoni) has said before that Test cricket doesn’t generally do it for him. It clarifies, one could assume, why he is a steadfast and powerful restricted overs skipper and player.

That is the thing that mixes him. Whether it be the bucks associated, or the pace of the game or both, he is suited to white-ball, shaded garments, short-structure cricket, and blossoms with it.

“In Tests it’s not the same. What’s more now after a long run, 87 Tests to be exact, the inquiry reinforces about to what extent he can proceed like this as a Test player. Will he cling for the desired ton, exactly as Sachin Tendulkar accomplished for the double ton? Likely,” wrote Crowe.

On Dhoni heading India to World Cup once more, Crowe said, “Dhoni could concentrate on his defence of the World Cup he splendidly facilitated and won, in 2011. With his limited overs triumphs he demonstrates a totally distinctive vitality, proactive and assaulting; those are formats where he need to utilize the odds and players he enjoys to such an extent.

“He will require all his initiative and force to do so once more, far from home, with a lesser prepared group. It would be a commendable protection in the event that he pulled it off.

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