‘Time for Kohli to replace Dhoni’
NAGPUR: Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday said it is time the selectors look to the future and replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni with young Virat Kohli as captain of the Indian side which lost the four-Test series 2-1 to England.
“Until the fourth day of this Test I said there is no alternative to 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.
He criticised the Indian team for the humiliating defeat in the series and Dhoni’s name came up for special mention for his ordinary and unaggressive captaincy.
“If India were looking for a win here they should have shown the intent by declaring at the overnight score. I feel Dhoni and his men looked clearly out of sorts in the series. 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.
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.—Agencies