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Dhoni lacks 'Plan B' when things get tough: Akram

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Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 17:03 [IST]
 
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New Delhi, Dec 13: Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram feels MS Dhoni is the right choice for leading Team India in Tests despite his poor form in the past 12 months.

Under-fire Dhoni who has not been very successful since July 2011, is being retained as captain since there aren't any choices in the Indian cricket team.

Given his record since July 2011, Dhoni has led India to 5 wins, 10 losses and 1 draw while most of the losses have come against England (6).

Team India, Dhoni lack 'Plan B': Akram

The former Pakistan cricketer turned commentator Wasim Akram who has been analyzing Team India's strenghts and weaknesses felt at the moment Dhoni was the right choice to lead the side.

"I am positive that Dhoni is the right choice to remain as captain, but he has to be more flexible in his tactics. You cannot throw the ball to a novice like Ravichandran Ashwin, like Dhoni did in Kolkata, and expect him to produce miracles," said Dhoni.

"If the team management feels that a policy of split-captaincy would release the pressure on Dhoni, then maybe there is a need for change. But personally I would still have Dhoni over next-in-line Virat Kohli, who is too young to lead Team India."

Akram also pointed out that the team has problems with crisis management, as they do not have alternate plans.

"India and Dhoni, in particular, are lacking a Plan B when situations get tough, where they have seemed content in containing rather than attacking," Akram wrote in his column on ESPNStar.com.

Since the Indian cricket team is undergoing a transition, Akram felt the team management should stick on to Dhoni as Test captain.

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