Nagpur, Dec 18: Former chief selector and cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Monday urged the selectors to sack MS Dhoni as Test captain after leading India to three consecutive series defeats within a year.
Srikkanth disappointed with Dhoni's dismal show after the World Cup triumph, felt he should concentrate on his batting and wicket-keeping skills more.
"Dhoni's become stale and doesn't know what to do when things go out of the way. He shouldn't be the Test captain anymore. Had I been the chairman of selectors, I would have picked Dhoni as a wicket-keeper batsman but it is time to look beyond him as a Test captain," Srikkanth said.
Talking to an English news channel, Srikkanth said Dhoni shouldn't be burdened with Test captaincy anymore.
"I will pick Dhoni as a keeper/batsman because his contribution has to be considered. I think he will be better off without captaincy and add more value to the Test team," Srikkanth told CNN-IBN.
Dhoni, who has played 17 Tests since July 2011, has led India to 5 wins, 10 losses and two draws while most of the losses have been come recorded against England (6).
Team India skipper has also failed to contribute with the bat after the World Cup, as he has scored just 447 off 8 matches with a highest score of 99 in the Nagpur Test.
Moreover the Jharkhand player has not reached the three-digit mark since Nov 2011 that has also led to such talks. Though he got an opportunity to score a hundred against England in the Nagpur Test, he was dismissed for 99.
Having expressed his opinion now, why didn't Srikkanth take the decision while he was the chief selector would raise a couple of eye brows. Since Sandeep Patil and team took charge after the team was selected for the T20 World Cup in September 2012.