With another Test series loss abroad, captain MS Dhoni's popularity has hit a new low with regard to his leadership in the five-day format on foreign soil.
Dhoni has been in-charge of the Indian Test team for four successive away series losses. Questions are being raised about his leadership qualities in the longer version of the game.
Is it time for him to give up the Test captaincy and concentrate only on the ODIs and Twenty20s? The answer is YES.
Even Dhoni's staunch supporters would agree that it would be good for the wicketkeeper-batsman to pass on the Test captaincy to someone else.
India have not won a Test outside India since June, 2011. That is close to three years now. Since then, India have played 14 Tests and lost 10 and drew 4.
India's series losing streak abroad started in England, 2011 when they were thrashed 0-4. Again the same scoreline was witnessed in Australia early 2012. In December, 2013, they lost 0-1 to South Africa in a two-Test rubber and today they were handed a similar verdict by the Kiwis.
After losing the first Test in Auckland, skipper Dhoni collected an unwanted record of losing most Tests as India captain abroad (11).
One would like to question why the selectors are still backing Dhoni despite this poor record. Would any other Indian leader get such support with successive losses away from home?
It is a well known fact that Dhoni was close to be sacked as India Test captain after the whitewashes in England and Australia, but BCCI president N Srinivasan saved him.
Former selector Mohinder Amarnath had revealed this fact of how all the selectors had a unanimous decision to sack Dhoni but Srinivasan used his veto power to overrule it.
India will not travel abroad for Test series until July. The next assignment is a five-match rubber against England. Will we see a new captain then?
India's Winless Streak Abroad In Tests (Since June 2011) Played 14; Won 0; Lost 10; Drawn 4
June 2011 - Vs West Indies (Bridgetown) - Drawn
July 2011 - Vs West Indies (Roseau) - Drawn
July 2011 - Vs England (Lord's) - Lost
July 2011 - Vs England (Nottingham) - Lost
August 2011 - Vs England (Birmingham) - Lost
August 2011 - Vs England (The Oval) - Lost
December 2011 - Vs Australia (Melbourne) - Lost
January 2011 - Vs Australia (Sydney) - Lost
January 2011 - Vs Australia (Perth) - Lost
January 2011 - Vs Australia (Adelaide, Virender Sehwag was captain) - Lost
December 2013 - Vs South Africa (Johannesburg) - Drawn
December 2013 - Vs South Africa (Durban) - Lost
February 2014 - Vs New Zealand (Auckland) - Lost
February 2014 - Vs New Zealand (Wellington) - Drawn