With the astonishing that Virat Kohli is having both as a batsman and the skipper has started raising questions if it’s time for Indian limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to quit the captaincy or in fact quit the game.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not been in great form as a skipper as his last ODI series came against West Indies back in October 2014 before the current Zimbabwe series victory and Team India has been in declining form under India’s most successful captain over the past two years.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has been raising questions for good reasons as he is already been compared to Sachin Tendulkar and debates were going on all around the world if he could eclipse Sachin’s records over the next few years. Another debatable question is – Could he lead Team India in all the three forms of the game? As this is one of the hottest debates going around the country right now.
Former Team Director Ravi Shastri reckons it is ideal time to make Virat Kohli as the captain in limited overs formats as there is still three years for a world event in cricket which will give plenty of time for Virat Kohli to become a good captain.
“I definitely think so (Kohli should be given the job across formats). You have to see where India is going to go three years down the line. There are no major events till about three years down the line when you are back with the World Cup. So, this is your best time to think and build,” Shastri had said earlier.
With Team India playing as many as 17 tests till next year and also having very few ODIs and T20Is in the season, this also means MS Dhoni will feature very less for Team India.
MS Dhoni has taken the chance to play in ZImbabwe tour as India don’t play much limited overs cricket till next year and made the most out of the tour as he won 3-0. However, the decline of Team India’s authority in ODIs has been a story in the last two years.
Since the win against West Indies in October 2014, MS Dhoni has led India in tri-series where the country went win-less and had a decent world cup where they were knocked out in semi-finals. The team has hit bottom when they lost against Bangladesh in the three match ODI series and it got further worsened when the touring South Africa outclassed India at home.
The streak did not stop as India were again humbled by Australia in 2016 as the Kangaroos won 4-1. Despite his captaincy, MS Dhoni has failed with his bat as well over the past 2 years which is also a cause for the team’s concern.
The player who was once considered a man with bold moves and daring tactics is never the same as he is being reliant on the same squad even after clinching the series. MS has also had lost his trust on Ravi Ashwin as the latter is not bowling his full quota in most of the T20Is and IPL games he played.
Questions were being raised regarding his retirement over the last year, the most famous incident happening after the 2016 World Cup semifinal when an Australian journalist asked about his retirement. The player has made clear of his decision but the pressure is on the Indian skipper to deliver to overcome this adversity but with not many chances in near future, the debate might very well be on over the next few months.