Take a break from captaincy, Gavaskar tells Dhoni

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Updated: Friday, December 28, 2012, 16:04 [IST]
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Dhoni shouldn't lead India: Gavaskar

New Delhi, Dec 28: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday has said that it would be ideal for MS Dhoni to take a break from captaincy and concentrate on his batting skills ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

Given Dhoni's track record in the last one year as Indian captain, critics have been urging him to step down as captain and focus on his batting skills.

"It's still early days as far as 2015 World Cup is concerned but I believe that a break in captaincy will do wonders for Dhoni. I am not saying that it has to happen during the middle of a series but may be after the Australia series or later part of 2013. We need to have a look at that," Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar also added that a break from captaincy would help MS Dhoni a lot as he is struggling to perform well since he is burdened with too many responsibilities.

"The break might be a voluntary one or an enforced break. But he needs time to reflect on his game and come back in a better way. I am very impressed in the manner he remains cool and unlike other captain doesn't clap and all but a little break won't be bad. Captaining India is a high privilege but the demands and pressures that come with it are incredible," Gavaskar told NDTV.

Sunil Gavaskar also suggested that Virat Kohli has it in him to lead Team India.

"I could be wrong but Virat Kohli might bring the flair of Tiger Pataudi in his captaincy. If he knows that he will be appointed for long term, he has the dynamism, the aggression, panache and class. I like everything about him apart from his mouthing abuses when he reaches a milestone. I don't want him to change anything else as he can bring a lot of dynamism."

Moreover he also suggested that a break from captaincyt could help Dhoni as a player as he is capable of guiding India to victories.

When asked whether Dhoni could remain in the team only as a player, Gavaskar answered, "Why not? He can be part of the team for the next couple of years as he is a match-winner."


Story first published:  Friday, December 28, 2012, 12:09 [IST]
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