Dhoni shouldn't lead India in all formats: Ganguly

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 10:38 [IST]
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New Delhi, Dec 10: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly feels MS Dhoni has too many things on his plate and selectors should talk to him about 'split captaincy', as the skipper cannot lead the team in all the formats of the game.

Sourav Ganguly defended Dhoni to a certain extent and suggested that the selectors to talk to him and discuss about split captaincy.

"Keeping is never easy and when you have a bowling attack like ours, which has not performed over a period of time. You keep for hours and then you captain the side and you come out and bat at no. 7," Ganguly added.

"So it's never easy for Dhoni and I'm a firm believer that his job has to be split and he needs a reprieve in some format," Ganguly told 'Headlines Today'.

Ganguly wants 'split captaincy'

Talking about the recent losses to England, Ganguly felt the team has been recovering from the retirement of Dravid and VVS Laxman and Dhoni cannot be blamed alone for the losses.

"I am not saying just ship him off all the formats of the game because India are going into a transition phase and building a new team.

The prince of Kolkata as he is fondly called suggested the selectors to talk to Dhoni else Team India would lose a good player in him, if selectors are concerned about his captaincy.

"Sit with Dhoni and ask him what form of cricket he wants to captain. He has done a lot of good things for Indian cricket, but at the present moment, I am just fearing that we will lose him as a player if he continues like this," Ganguly said with a note of caution.

Moreover, Ganguly felt the selectors cannot axe Dhoni following his poor run.

"I don't know what the real story is. Whether Dhoni has been put on notice or whether the selectors have spoken to him or not, is immaterial. Half the players don't get to know it. If you are trying to build a new team, the message has to be consistent. I agree that Dhoni needs to be looked after and needs to be spoken to," Ganguly said.

"You do not expect selectors to come out and say we have put Dhoni on notice. You can't say this in public, it's not fair. I don't think that will ever happen with the BCCI," said Ganguly, who has led India in 49 Tests and 147 ODIs from 1999-2005.


Story first published:  Monday, December 10, 2012, 10:36 [IST]
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