Shas­tri urges Dhoni to step down as skip­per in lim­ited overs cricket

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For­mer In­dia all-rounder Ravi Shas­tri be­lieves the time is right for MS Dhoni to hand over the cap­taincy to Vi­rat Kohli in all forms of the game.

Kohli al­ready cap­tains the side in the Test arena, from which Dhoni has re­tired, but the wick­et­keeper still leads In­dia in lim­ited overs cricket.

With few Twenty20 or 50-over games in the com­ing months, Shas­tri be­lieves now is the right time for Kohli to take over the reigns in all for­mats.

“I def­i­nitely think so [Kohli should be given the job across for­mats],” said Shas­tri. “You have to see where In­dia is go­ing to go three years down the line. There are no ma­jor events till about three years down the line when you are back with the World Cup. So, this is your best time to think and build. “In­dia play hardly any one-day cricket if you see the next 18 months-two years, and the gaps be­tween Tests and ODIs are mas­sive. “So, here’s your time to look ahead and see what you can do with an In­dian side all-round three years down the line. If I am the chair­man of se­lec­tors, I would be think­ing in that di­rec­tion, no ques­tion about it.”

How­ever, with Dhoni still im­press­ing in lim­ited-overs cricket, Shas­tri re­alises it would be a tough call to make for the In­dian se­lec­tors.

“It’s a catch 22, it’s a hard decision, but I would be think­ing about it from now,” he added.

“The game has to evolve, hard de­ci­sions have to be taken, such is life. And noth­ing wrong in that, it is in the in­ter­est of In­dian cricket.

“If you see down the line and you think Dhoni is still the best cap­tain, keep him as cap­tain.

“But the is­sue here is the breaks [be­tween Tests and ODIs], and do you have a guy ready [to suc­ceed Dhoni]. My an­swer is you have a guy ready.”

Kohli re­cently cap­tained his Royal Chal­lengers Ban­ga­lore side to the final of the IPL, scor­ing an as­ton­ish­ing 973 runs in 16 games at an av­er­age of 81.08.

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