TIME FOR KOHLI TO LEAD INDIA IN ALL CRICKET
Shastri urges Dhoni to step down as skipper in limited overs cricket
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.