Virat Kohli should not be rushed to lead in all formats: Dean Jones

Prince Singh / 20 June 2016

Australian commentator Dean Jones has said that Virat Kohli can wait before taking over the captaincy in all the formats. Jones said that  Dhoni might have passed his prime but will be “missed more in sub-continental conditions” once he decides to quit the game.

A lot of former cricketers have said that Kohli should take the captaincy in all the formats but Jones has opposed the idea.

“We are pretty quick to push our great players out. What Dhoni has done for Indian cricket, let him find his own time. I don’t think Virat is in a huge rush to captain everything (format) at the moment. Time will come. Trust me, you will miss Dhoni a lot more in India, when he retires,” Jones said in an interview to PTI.

A few days ago former India team director Ravi Shastri had said the time had come and Kohli was “ready” to lead in all the three formats.

When asked if Kohli was ready to lead across all the formats Shastri said “It is it time to start thinking. You have to see India has no major event in three years till 2019 World Cup. This is your best chance to think and build.”

“I think that will happen soon. Dhoni will end of as one of the greatest players India have ever produced. Honestly, it is no big rush,” sais Jones who is currently in India as a expert commentator for the day-night test.

The most successful captain of the country, Dhoni has already retired from tests. He recently led a young India side to a 3-0 victory against minnows Zimbabwe, his first ODI series triumph in 20 months, since their 2-1 win against the West Indies at home in 2014.

Dhoni has looked out of sorts in the recent times. And his failure to perform with the bat has heaped more pressure on him.

Praising Kohli Jones said that he loves to watch kohli play. Terming him as a role model for the youth of India, Jones said that Kohli is the best player in the world right now.

“Virat is really in a good part of his life. He looks brilliant with the way he’s playing. He’s happy. He is super fit. He’s just a great example for the youth of India. He looks and presents himself as an athlete. More strength to him. I just love watching him play.

“I find him refreshing. I love his charisma. I think he’s got personality. He walks into bat and you have no idea what’s going to happen. He’s just really cool. He is polished, now knows how to finish it off. He is the best player in the world probably now for me,” he said showering praise on the Indian youngster.

The Australian commentator also said that Kohli has now left South African star AB de Villiers behind in the last one year.

“It’s a big thing because I thought AB was up there… You’d to do something ‘stupidly good’ to get past him. He’s got past him over the last year, ever so slightly. To watch Kohli bat is an honour,” said Jones.

Jones also ruled him out for the post of team India’s caoch. The BCCI is all set to appoint a new coach for the team which is without  coach after Duncan Fletcher’s removal.

“No, I’m not going anywhere. Teams are mainly led by great captains. I think India have great leaders in Kohli, Dhoni and a lot of good senior players… whoever coaches them will do a good job.

“The CAC of VVS, Sourav and Sachin are following the right process to make a proper decision. It’s the number one/best job in the world as a coach. You shoulders are under more pressure but at the same time whoever they pick will do a fantastic job,” he said.

“I’m too busy commentating. I really enjoyed the coaching job with Islamabad in the PSL. Coaching a national team is completely different, where you’re not only managing players but coaching them as well. But in franchise it’s about just managing and getting the selection process right.”

“It’s a great game. I just feel privileged that I’m at 55 and still earning a living from the game and I still enjoying just as much as I did when I was young.”