MS Dhoni © Getty Images
MS Dhoni’s schizophrenic style of captaincy contributed greatly to their demise. © Getty Images

Aug 24, 2014

Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell blames MS Dhoni for being an offender in India’s latest Test series debacle against England.

Chappell feels that there is no shame in losing but it is indeed disgraceful if one stops competing. India outplayed England in the Lord’s Test but ever since then they simply stopped competing. They repeated the same thing which they did in their last visit to England in 2011 and in Australia, reported Mid-Day.

Chappell said, “MS Dhoni’s captaincy failed to inspire the team. If anything, his schizophrenic style of captaincy contributed greatly to their demise. From the moment he went on the defensive on the first day of the third Test, India’s fortunes reversed quicker than a rat in retreat.”

He further added, “His reactive, asleep-at-the-wheel captaincy was in direct contrast to the aggressive, proactive leadership he provided at Lord’s. And it wasn’t only Dhoni’s captaincy which hurt India. His wicket-keeping has regressed to the point where it’s not only adversely affecting the bowlers but also the slip cordon.”

Dhoni’s team selection was questioned by Chappell as well. According to him, the most shocking move was to pick Ravindra Jadeja as a frontline spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Stuart Binny can also be added to that list.

Chappell believes, “One of India’s biggest headaches is finding a replacement for Dhoni as Test captain following the repeated batting failures of his logical successor Virat Kohli.  He further added, “If India continues to bat, bowl and field poorly and fails to compete at full throttle under Dhoni’s lacklustre captaincy, then another capitulation is certain to follow against a highly competitive Australian outfit.”

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