No need to question Dhoni's leadership: Kohli

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Published: Friday, June 15, 2012, 11:26 [IST]
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'No need to question Dhoni's captaincy'

New Delhi, Jun 15: India vice-captain Virat Kohli praised skipper MS Dhoni and said he was doing a "commendable job" leading the Indian team.

Kohli refused to be drawn into a debate over the captaincy of Team India. In the recent past, there have been suggestions for Gautam Gambhir to take over the Test captaincy. However, Dhoni himself said the best choice for the job was himself.

"I don't think one can question MS' leadership. As Indian captain, he has never done badly. In fact, he has done a commendable job. As far as the captaincy is concerned, it is not something, which I should be concerned about. There is a selection committee that looks into the matter," said Kohli, who was handed the vice-captaincy during the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March.

Kohli, however, felt Gambhir has done well in all three forms of the game and did not think the left-hander was good to lead only in the longer format.

"Gautam has done wonderfully in all three formats. He knows how to change gears and led well in IPL also," the 23-year-old right-hander opined.

With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) failing to recommend names for Arjuna awards for Indian cricketers, this year there won't be any honour for players. However, Kohli said he never played for awards or rankings.

"I have never played for awards or rankings. If someone asks me how I see my career shape up, I would say that I am very happy with the progress I have made so far," the Delhi boy said.

Queried about India-Pakistan series, he said: "One can always expect quality cricket when India and Pakistan are pitted against each other. It will also be good for the two cricket boards."

At the moment, Indian cricketers have plenty of time to relax and recharge their batteries before they head to Sri Lanka for a ODI series next month. All players are enjoying a good break after the Indian Premier League (IPL).


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