Time for Kohli to Replace Dhoni as India Captain: Gavaskar

Nagpur, Dec 18 (PTI): Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar feels young Virat Kohli is the future of Indian cricket and he is ready to take up the captaincy job from incumbent Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the aftermath of the series defeat against England.

England broke the 28-year-old jinx by defeating India 2-1 verdict in the Test series after the fourth and final match ended in a draw in Nagpur on Monday.

Gavaskar said it is time the selectors look to the future as Dhoni seemed out of sorts in this series.

"Till the fourth day of this Test I said there is no alternative to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but now that Virat (Kohli) has come up with a 100 under trying circumstances I think he has discovered a good part about himself. I think he is ready to take on the mantle," the former India skipper said.

"I think this is something to be looked at in a positive manner because that's where the future is," Gavaskar told NDTV.

He also criticised the Indian team for the humiliating defeat but Dhoni's name came up for special mention for his ordinary and unaggressive captaincy in this series.

"If India were looking for a win they should have shown the intent by declaring at the overnight score. England batted exceedingly well but our bowlers were ineffective and our batters didn't do as much as they were expected to do. It was a team failure," he said.

"You don't put a forward short-leg and a silly point to just get wickets. You also put them to pressurise the batsmen and get his wicket somwehere else. When you crowd a batsmen with fielders in his peripheral vision pressure automatically come on him and that's what he (Dhoni) didn't do," Gavaskar said about Dhoni's reluntance to deploy a more attacking field during England's second innings.

"I don't think England necessarily played better than us but they were more determined. They didn't lose heart after the defeat in the first Test in Ahmedabad and instead put in extra effort," he observed.

The cricketer-turned-commentator also said that it is time Sachin Tendulkar should make a decision on his career as he felt the senior batsman was no longer enjoying his time on the field.

"The important thing is how much you are enjoying the game. If you are not enjoying the game, enjoying to be on the field and doing things other than your speciality I feel that's the time to move on. May be that's happening to him (Tendulkar) and may be he will know that the time is right to go," Gavaskar said.

"Quite clearly this series wasn't good for him. In this Test he looked just a bit lost in (England's) second innings, at least that is what I have gathered from his body language. May be that's the sign."

"As he said I think he will reassess his future before the Australia series," he added.

The former opener said complacency also had a big role to play in India's embarrassing defeat.

"Complacency is a part of Indian psyche and you can't do much about it. Everytime an Indian tries to be ambitious he is pulled down and that's one of the reason why Indians don't have the killer mentality," Gavaskar observed.

"Having won the first Test in Ahmedabad that complacency factor came in. I don't think India wanted to win (the series) as badly as England wanted. I didn't look helpless out here, they looked capable but the instinct was missing," Gavaskar added.


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  • loyd veigas, m,lore/dubai

    Tue, Dec 18 2012

    Gavaskar says Kohli is future captain for india.this doesnt sounds good.kohli has to take experience 2-3 years more.why giving captaincy&spoiling his batting talant?he has to play in cool mind,not under pressure.why Gavaskar not says Thendulkar has to retire now??what is his contribution now in the team??he is simply blocking a good&young batsman who is looking a future in indian cricket.Thendulkar only wants to do one more record of 6th world cup player..thats it.shame to the ors.one more thing..india doesnt have quality bowlers at the movement.so big country..but not picking the bowlers who really bowls well.this is the right time to the ors to think hard.still Dhoni is good captain for team india.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Tue, Dec 18 2012

    Mr.Dinesh Poojary..Already sacked Hockey players are meditating on Himalayas.There is a rumour that Sachin & Dhoni have reserved their seats too !!

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  • Deepak, Manglore/Muscat

    Tue, Dec 18 2012

    whatever we need change.... give some rest to dhoni. let him sit at home and give some adds.

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  • Karunakar Shetty, Dubai

    Tue, Dec 18 2012

    Nobody can replace Dhoni as captain for the time being. There is no suitable candidate for the post. Kohli need at least two to three years to be groomed as captain. Gambhir/Sehwag not captaincy materials. Hence Dhoni should continue as captain of Indian team. Dhoni cannot be held responsible for test debacles. Seniors failed to perform..bowlers failed to get wickets. If one or two players play, then team cannot win. Whole team should contribute and then only team will be successful.

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  • Deepak.kotian, Hejamady.(Abudhabi)

    Tue, Dec 18 2012

    Why not Sachin tendulker give him a last chance so he can retire from the team has a team leader which he is awaiting for.....so he can retire from the team freely with a good record

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  • suhail, DXB

    Tue, Dec 18 2012

    Kohli is anger person, character is not suitable for leadership better option Gambir.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Tue, Dec 18 2012

    Kohli is arrogant person. He will spoil team morale by his stupid anger..

    I feel it is better to send INDIAN CRICKET TEAM for HIMALAYA for 2 years.

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  • Sandesh, Mangalore, Oman

    Tue, Dec 18 2012

    If Kohli becomes captain of the team, whole team will do Monkey Dance even for a small incedent. No differnce betwen Monkey and him when he gets out or takes a wicket or catch. But Indian team would get best Monkey Jumpers award during next world cup for sure. just to save the respect past great crciketrs earned for India make any well behaved player as Captain. Dhoni deserve all to be aleader for well mannered on field behavior.

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  • Shaan, Manglore/Dubai

    Tue, Dec 18 2012

    Shewag or Ghambeer Should replca Dhoni...
    Kohli just oversmarted person he still baby behvaiour if he replaced Team will again worst then prsence..any one seen him when he get out, he will showup like ...he is player may he can not out..."NO ONE LIKE KOHLI"

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  • Rayan, Udupi

    Tue, Dec 18 2012

    Kohli is good future no doubt.But now I dont think he should captain coz next tour is against Australia and our team is down n low and under construction. Its better Sehwag captain for atleast 1 yr or so.Then Kohli can take over in Test . Now ODI is best for Kohli not test.

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