I am not giving up captaincy, says MS Dhoni

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Updated: Sunday, December 9, 2012, 12:22 [IST]
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I am not giving up captaincy, says Dhoni

Kolkata, Dec 9: MS Dhoni on Sunday said there is no question of him quitting captaincy and has left it to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to decide on his leadership role.

England defeated India by 7 wickets at Eden Gardens on Sunday in the third Test to go 2-1 up in the four-match series.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Dhoni said he was not giving up captaincy and was now focused on preparing well for the next Test in Nagpur, starting from December 13. Dhoni said in these tough times he was not giving up responsibility.

"The easiest thing for me to say right now is to say, 'I quit captaincy' and be a part of the side. But that's like running away from the responsibility," Dhoni said.

"Of course there are others who will decide. There is BCCI and the administrative people who also want to look into that", he added.

The wicketkeeper-batsman explained: "For me, my responsibility is to get the team together and be prepared for the next Test match. This is where experience will count. You have got the right mix of experienced and fresh guys. As a leader, this is a challenge that has been thrown up to me or towards me.

"It's always good to lead a side when everybody is doing well. That's a time when you don't need a leader. Leading a side is when the team is not doing well. You would try to gel the team well and back the senior guys and try to move in the right direction."


Story first published:  Sunday, December 9, 2012, 12:03 [IST]
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