Virat Kohli-MS Dhoni captaincy debate should end says Sunil Gavaskar

Shashi / 16 December 2014

Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar felt that people should control themselves from creating a captaincy controversy as Mahendra Singh Dhoni will take over the responsibility from stand-in captain Virat Kohli, in the 2nd cricket Test which is starting in Brisbane on Wednesday.

There has been a controversy over India’s captaincy in the rouse of Kohli’s positive approach in the lost 1st Test against Australia in Adelaide.

Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor and Ian Chappell felt that it was time that Virat Kohli takes over from Dhoni but Sunil Gavaskar thinks otherwise.

Gavaskar told T news channel that they must not create a debate about who should be the skipper as the selectors have clearly named Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the skipper for the series. Virat Kohli was the stand-in captain and there is no controversy about Dhoni being the skipper in the last remaining 3 Test matches.

He added that they should not create matters for Dhoni but they should be happy that Kohli has improved his leadership quality. They are creating a question as it suits everybody.

While praising Virat Kohli for his aggressive positive approach, Gavaskar felt that leadership is something where prudence should be mixed with aggression.

He is absolutely in the side of being an aggressive skipper. But it should also be tempered with a little bit of wisdom. He told that the most defensive skippers also want to win a Test match, only when they cannot win do they look for a draw.

He also felt that once Rohit Sharma got out, there should have been a good blend of caution with aggression.

When Gavaskar was asked about Dhoni’s presence he replied that as a captain, he would have made it different but agreed that the Indian team missed “Dhoni the batsman”.

He was also questioned by the media that how well Virat Kohli will shape up as a captain, Gavaskar replied that in the history of international cricket, there has not been a perfect skipper, batsman, bowler or a fielder.


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