Question Mark on Dhoni, Gambhir is Choice for Tests: Ganguly

Kolkata, May 29 (PTI): Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly today once again raised a question mark over Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy in Test cricket and said Gautam Gambhir's success in the IPL would give selectors an option as far as appointing captain for the longer version is concerned.

Gambhir last night led Kolkata Knight Riders to their first-ever title in the Indian Premier League after four failed attempts by the side.

"As I've always said, there would be a question mark over Dhoni as a Test player. But Gambhir is an obvious choice in the Test format. (With the win) Gambhir obviously gives an option to the selectors. It's a 20 per cent chance though," Ganguly said referring to India's humiliating eight consecutive Test defeats in England (0-4) and Australia (0-4).
Refusing to compare Dhoni with Gambhir, Ganguly told a Bengali TV channel that the Ranchi stalwart, with his cool demeanour, was the best in the shorter version -- ODI and T20.

He said that Dhoni's record in the those formats speaks for itself as he had led the country to the World T20 title and then the ODI World Cup.

"His success for his franchise (CSK) is also commendable with two IPL titles and the Champions League T20. Overall, Dhoni is the best captain in the shorter versions.
"Gambhir is only captain of this year's IPL winning team (Kolkata Knight Riders). So I feel the time has not come to compare Gambhir with Dhoni as far as captaincy is concerned," Ganguly said.

With India hosting England and Australia in coming months, a rethink was necessary about Test cricket, Ganguly, who also heads the BCCI's technical committee, said.
Stating that Anil Kumble had pointed this out in the last working committee meeting of the Board, he said, "Hope they do something in the next working committee meeting. These are important issues."

The Indian selectors had removed Gambhir from the vice-captaincy ahead of the Asia Cup, passing the baton to the the left-hander's young Delhi teammate Virat Kohli.

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  • Clement Lobo, Bahrain/Magundi

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Dhoni is Dhoni cannot be compared with others he has the ability to lead INDIA TEAM AS USUAL. (My dear friends please remember World cup 2011)

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  • Clarence, Bangalore

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Question Mark on Ganguli?, why this bugger targetting on Dhoni who won WC for us, Dhoni has already showed his intention of resigning from Test Cricket despite of all his shows how great he is! not like you Mr. Ganguli, you do not have control on your emotions more over despite of your poor form & performance you didnt make the decession of resigning.. until ors asked you to leave

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  • R.Fernandes, Dubai

    Tue, May 29 2012

    In leadership no current india player can match Dhoni.He leads from the front.

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  • Uday, Mulky

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Manoj Tiwari hits 2 fours in bravos final over...that makes Ghambir good Captain..hehehe sound funny

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  • Alban D' Souza, Udyavara Mumbai Doha Qatar

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Just because Ghambir won one IPL Title cannot compare with Dhoni! as a captain. Dhoni records as the best captain as he won many laurels for the country, and he is the best choice for the captain. but also if given a chance Ghambir also can be a good captain. I agree with Ex-captain Ganguly for the larger version of the game i.e for the test only.

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  • Shaan, manglore/Dubai

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Gambhir is capable captain not only Choice for Tests even for ODI and T20.He capable to built good relation between Players, this one what needed for won the match.

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  • Mark Lobo, Mumbai - Dubai

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Dhoni is Dhoni cannot be compared with others he has the ability to lead INDIA TEAM AS USUAL. GOD BLESS HIM

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