Sydney, Jan 31: Under-fire Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said he is willing to give up the Test captaincy and be replaced by someone else if the BCCI feels there is a better option waiting.
Dhoni is facing severe criticism for his unimpressive captaincy and performances in the longer format of the game after India suffered their second successive whitewash on an overseas tour when they were wiped out 4-0 by Australia in the recently concluded Test series.
‘It’s an added responsibility and not a position that belongs to anyone,’ Dhoni was quoted as saying. ‘Am trying to do well, it’s not a position I want to hold or stick on to. If there is a better replacement, it’s an open job, he can come in and the place should be given to him.’ Team India led by Dhoni now has lost seven straight Test matches abroad as captain and as a batsman.
He scored 220 at 31.43 from four Tests in England and made 102 from six innings of three Tests at 20.40 on the present tour Down Under.
‘The responsibility was given to me three-and-a-half years ago. I am trying to fit into the shoes, get along with the team and perform well.’ However, Dhoni made it clear that his journey as a Test cricketer was far from over but believed the decision was not entirely in his hands.
‘I am still on my way (through the journey). I haven’t reached anywhere. But it’s not an individual who decides, it’s others who decide whether you are good enough or not,’ he added.
Handing Bailey the Aussie captaincy is right choice
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is excited about facing off with new Australian Twenty20 captain George Bailey at ANZ Stadium here tomorrow.
Dhoni, who played alongside Bailey in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Chennai Super Kings, said the Australian selectors have made the right choice by handing the 29-year-old the captaincy for the T20 series against India.
‘He (Bailey) is an interesting character, he plays good cricket, he’s someone who can play his strokes, he’s very intelligent and understands the game well,’ Dhoni was quoted as saying by ‘AAP’.
‘He is a really good character to have.’ Dhoni also said his team’s younger players were relishing the opportunity of taking on evergreen left-arm spinner Brad Hogg after the 40-year-old’s recall to the T20 line-up.
‘Brad’s an experienced guy and what we have seen is spinners are wily, the more they age the better they get,’ Dhoni said.
‘He’s also someone who has done well in the T20 locally over here so it will be a nice contest between the youngsters and him.’ (UNI)