Dhoni happy to step down as captain

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Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 12:37 [IST]
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'I will be happy to step aside': Dhoni

Sydney, Jan 31: After the humiliating 4-0 loss at the hands of Australia, MS Dhoni has said, he will be very happy to step down as captain if there is an able replacement, following India's dismal shows in England and Australia.

Talking to media persons in Sydney against Australia Dhoni said, Captaincy is an additional responsibility that I enjoy. If the selectors feel the need to replace me the I will be happy to step aside."

Dhoni who took over as captain in the year 2007, has had a great run till recently, as the recent wipeouts against England and Australia have shadowed even the world cup victory which the boys managed to win after 28 years.

The Indian skipper has played 67 Tests, with 3509 runs to his credit while many critics also feel that he doesn't deserve a place in the team anymore.

Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has said, "The need is to find a new captain from beneath the wreckage. Dhoni is no longer the answer in Test cricket."

"He has failed dismally to rally the troops in two disastrous overseas campaigns and his own form, not just with the gloves but also with the bat, no longer warrants a guaranteed place in the Test side," Chappell added.

Dhoni made just 220 runs in the four match Test series against England in 2011 with an average of 31.40 while he managed just 102 runs in the three matches he played against Australia this season with an average of 20.40.

Dhoni was handed a one-match ban for slow over-rate in the Perth Test, which India lost by an innings and 37 runs.

Former Indian captains, Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly feel that the Indian skipper needs a quick turnaround to secure his place as Test skipper, while stressing his position at the helm in the llimited overs format is not in doubt.

While former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar while speaking to NDTV said, "at the moment, I can't think of anyone who is good enough to take over from Dhoni."


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