Bedi blames Dhoni for 'rift' in team India

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 12:19 [IST]
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Dhoni is negative in his approach: Bedi

New Delhi, Feb 26: Blaming Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the apparent 'rift' in the Indian cricket team in Australia, former captain Bishan Singh Bedi on Sunday said that time has now come for the side to have a new Test skipper.

Bedi felt that Dhoni had failed to maintain harmony in the Indian team in Australia by stating that the three senior openers could not be in the team together as they were slow fielders.

Asked if Dhoni should be removed from Test captaincy, Bedi said, "This is the job of selectors and I don't wish to pressurise them. But personally speaking Dhoni might have his day. I think there is definitely room for a new Test captain.

"To a certain extent, the dissensions in the team in Australia has undermined his captaincy. He (Dhoni) created it (dissension) by himself. He was the first one to speak to the media," Bedi told Karan Thapar in CNN-IBN's Devil's Advocate programme.

"Most definitely things have gone out of control of Dhoni and so he should be replaced," he added.

Asked if Dhoni leadership was found wanting in Australia, Bedi said, "Dhoni was struggling as a leader. A leader's job is to keep the team together and not to allow drift among players in different directions. He did not show the leadership which was desired.

"He (Dhoni) should not have made those negative comments (of senior players being slow fielders). Not at all. The same thing (Virender) Sehwag did after Dhoni. Two wrongs do not make one right and the boys, especially the youngsters, were all over the place," said Bedi.

"But there are too many conflicting interests here. Dhoni plays for Chennai Super Kings in IPL, a team owned by BCCI President and chief selector as a brand ambassador," he said.

Bedi said that apart from the lack of leadership qualities, Dhoni was not performing consistently in the Test arena as a wicketkeeper and a batsman.

"It's not a question of temperament. Somebody had said captaincy is 90% luck and 10% ability. Here is a case in which the entire thing depends on luck. I think his performance in front and behind wicket leaves a lot to be desired," Bedi said.

Bedi feels Dhoni's approach towards the game is negative.

"Anyways, I was never a great fan of Dhoni as Test or ODI captain because he is far too negative in his approach to be a captain of India," said the former spinner.


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