Sourav Ganguly— MS Dhoni is a struggling, Virat Kohli should be the captain
Whenever former India captain Sourav Ganguly says something, the whole world listens very carefully, as Dada is known for his meticulous and truthful observations. Ganguly feels that off late the current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not been able to get the best out of the team at the Test level. Although MS Dhoni has led the team in tests for close to 60 matches but the results have not been very encouraging.
Ganguly, being an expert commentator in the ongoing Test series between India and Australia, has described Dhoni’s record as an ODI captain as exceptional but particularly underlined that the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has been struggling for some time as the skipper at the longer format of the game. He said, “It’s not just these two matches, it’s for a while now (that Dhoni has not been able to deliever). He just has not really got the team going at Test match level. That’s up to the selectors but he has had a lot of time as captain, close to 60 Test matches. I think he has had a lot of time. I think Dhoni is a good captain. The record he has in one-day cricket, he is a good captain. But in Test conditions overseas, it’s just fallen away a bit. This series is not over yet so maybe we can talk differently at the end of this series. Hopefully he can reinvent himself and find a way to lead this team forward.”
Ganguly thoroughly praised the combative vice-captain Virat Kohli, whom he labeled as the “future” of Indian cricket. He added, “I think he (Kohli) is the future. He will be captain of India. You need positivity. You need positive captains. MS will captain at the World Cup, then we’ll have to see what happens after that. I like his (Kohli’s) passion. You’ve got to have passion. It should mean something to you, any job you do. I like him, I like what I see”.
M S Dhoni, now 33, has played 90 Tests, but Ganguly emphasized that he should continue to play on under Kohli once a captaincy change is decided. He said, ”Absolutely. When Sachin finished as Test captain, he played under me. When I finished as Test captain, I played under Dravid. Dravid played under MS. Ricky Ponting played under Michael Clarke. I do not think that’s a problem,”
Underlining the importance of commitment of every cricketer to contribute in team’s victory he stressed, “As you long as you keep performing, captaincy is just one role. Your major role should be to contribute to the team.”
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