Home > News >

MS Dhoni should continue as captain till 2019 World Cup, feels Sunil Gavaskar

MS Dhoni should continue as captain till 2019 World Cup, feels Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar in December 2012 wanted MS Dhoni (above) to be rested as captain from all three formats © PTI

New Delhi: Mar 5, 2013

Impressed by the changed leadership style of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar on Tuesday, said that the Jharkhand dasher should continue as India’s captain till the 2019 World Cup.

Gavaskar feels that Dhoni has changed his captaincy approach after the debacle against Australia and England and he was now a much-more assertive leader on the field.

“The one month he had after the home series loss against England had given him time for introspection. He has changed positively as a captain. Now, if a player is not attentive and not upto the mark, Dhoni is letting him know. He is not making too many gestures but he is making the player know that he (Dhoni) is not happy,” Gavaskar said.

“He is very fit and in great batting form. With the changed leadership approach I think he should not be disturbed till the 2019 World Cup. We should not even discuss it (of changing captaincy),” said Gavaskar when asked if Dhoni’s form and inspiring captaincy in the ongoing Test series against Australia has given him a breathing space after the recent string of losses.

Gavaskar, who had recently said after the home series against England that Dhoni should take a break from captaincy, however, said that it’s upto the India skipper to decide whether to play till 2019.

“I don’t know whether he would play till 2019 considering his age by that time. I am saying he can play till 2019 but it’s upto him to decide on this,” he said.

“During the England series I thought he needed a break from cricket. India were not doing anything against England, the players were just meandering and the bowling changes when England were batting were defensive. But now I think Dhoni has recharged and he is in great batting form though he needs to tighten up a bit in his wicket-keeping,” Gavaskar told NDTV.

With today’s innings win over Australia in the second Test in Hyderabad, Dhoni became India’s most successful Test captain with 22 victories in 45 matches but Gavaskar said he would not want to describe him as the best Indian captain ever.

“It’s hard to say who is the best Indian captain ever because we don’t know about the captains in 1930s or 40s. But records speak of themselves. Records indicate that Dhoni is the winningest captain and we should be happy with that,” he said.

“There will always be the debate whether Pataudi is the best ever captain or is it Ajit Wadekar or Sourav Ganguly or Rahul Dravid who has an impressive winning record as skipper overseas. We should not talk about it but can be happy that Dhoni is now the winningest captain.” 

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Photos

Australia vs Zimbabwe, ODI tri-series at Harare

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

Australia’s losses to minnows in limited-overs cricket

India tour of England 2014: Who is Jason Roy?

Zimbabwe’s 12 most memorable victories in international cricket

Zimbabwe vs Australia, 4th ODI: Highlights

Elton Chigumbura-Prosper Utseya partnership takes Zimbabwe to historic win over Australia

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia

Sourav Ganguly: England have mental block playing spinners

BCCI official: Tough for board to host Annual General Meeting this month

Javed Miandad, Abdul Qadir question mindset of Pakistan players

Aditya Verma: Happy with Supreme Court’s decision not to reinstate N Srinivasan as BCCI president

Misbah-ul-Haq shouldn’t lead Pakistan any more, feel former players

Myth busting – Ranji, CB Fry, Sussex and the fertile mind of Neville Cardus

Duncan Fletcher’s heroics and Zimbabwe’s first win over Australia

Archie MacLaren’s amateurs fell Warwick Armstrong’s mighty Australians in one of cricket’s greatest fairytales

David Bairstow: A champion claimed by depression

Should Michael Clarke cut down on playing time ahead of ICC World Cup 2015?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

668 Posts | 6 Fans

Yuvraj Singh's ton against MCC

9 blood cancer signs and symptoms you should know

Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk leaked ahead of September 4 launch

Revealed: Celebs you might see in Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss 8

NGOs pursue education for all

Xiaomi Redmi 1S on flash sale on Sept 2, will Flipkart crash once again?

Shah Rukh Khan to start shooting for Fan and Raees next year!

Fifty BJP MPs stage dharna against UP government

How to plan a home birth

BCCI official: Tough for board to host Annual General Meeting this month

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here