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The higher officials of BCCI are supposed to be going to make a call on MS Dhoni’s test captaincy once the ongoing tour of England is over.
With India losing another overseas test series under Dhoni, there are suggestions that the wicketkeeper batsman should be relieved of the extra responsibility of captaincy now and the job should be given to someone else.
The problem with the Indian selectors though is that there are not too many players who are currently looking to be ready to take over from Dhoni.
Virat Kohli was in very good shape before this England tour, but, now after being dismantled by the English fast bowlers over the test series, nobody is sure whether making him captain at this stage is good or not.
Another option might have been Gautam Gambhir who was hailed by a lot of people for his captaincy in IPL 7, but, he also has been awfully out of form with the bat and he needs to establish himself as a player first in the Indian test team.
Ravichandran Ashwin can be a good choice actually as he sounds to be a keen student of the game whenever he interacts with the media and he is the no. 1 ranked all rounder in test cricket right now in the world. So, he is going through a fruitful phase as a player too.
As far as Dhoni is concerned, the stats suggest that he is the most successful Indian captain in 5-day cricket, but, his numbers overseas are not good at all. It’s true that he has captained the Indian team in the period of transition, but, in spite of that, one would think that he could have led the Indian team slightly better in the foreign conditions.
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MS Dhoni played a useful innings batting at no. 6 for India in the first test match against England which is being played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
It was only the second time that Dhoni was batting at 6 in test matches overseas. He generally likes to bat at 7 when playing away from the subcontinent. But, since India went with only 5 specialist batsmen at Nottingham, he had to bat one position higher and he played with a lot of responsibility.
When he first came in, he played his shots and took the pressure off his partner Murali Vijay who was approaching his hundred.
But, in the first hour of the second day, the Indian captain showed that he could grind as well.
Unfortunately, the belligerent right hander couldn’t get to his hundred as he got run out attempting for a cheeky run.
Had he been got to the three figure mark, it would have been his first test hundred overseas.
After Dhoni’s departure, India lost a couple of more quick wickets and looked as if they would be bundled out under 350, but, the last pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami didn’t let that happen as they put up a 100-run stand to guide India past 400.
That last wicket partnership brought down the spirits of the English camp and that was visible when they came out to bat in the last session yesterday. They were completely down and out and were just willing to see out the day somehow.
The captain, Alastair Cook, again had a bad outing as he was knocked over by Shami round his legs at the score of 5.
But, Garry Ballance and the other opener Sam Robson negotiated the rest of the overs and England’s score, at stumps on day 2, was 43 for the loss of 1 wicket.
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Michael Vaughan reckons that Alastair Cook must not have felt as much pressure as captain ever in his career before as he is facing now.
England is going to start their much hyped new era in the longest form of the game from tomorrow.
Speaking in one of his interviews a couple of days back, Vaughan said, “There is a lot of pressure on Alastair. He would be totally aware of the fact that there are people who are ready to pounce on any failure. So, he will have to make sure that he doesn’t suffer too may loses especially in the near future.”
“Alastair actually has had a couple of achievements to his name as captain. He has been the captain of an Ashes winning side and he has also guided his team to a series win in India which is a very tough place for the touring teams, but, he is going to begin on fresh terms now and the fans will judge him on the basis of what he does as captain in future.”
“There have been some very difficult decisions made by him and the management. The batting coach has been removed; the highest run getter for England has been forced to retirement. So, now, he will find himself under the scanner.”
Recently, Cook has been criticized a lot by a large section of the England cricket fans for the role that he played in the sacking of Kevin Pietersen from the team. So, now to make those fans happy again, he needs to win regularly and it’s not going to be that easy as his team is set to face two very strong teams in the form of Sri Lanka and India in the next two test series respectively.