The former Indian opening batsman, Sunil Gavaskar, has said that he is very impressed with the way MS Dhoni has captained the Indian team in the first two test matches against Australia.
After the test series against England, Gavaskar had criticized Dhoni and had said that Dhoni should be replaced as India’s captain by Virat Kohli.
But, now, Gavaskar’s opinion has changed. According to him, Dhoni has led the side pretty differently in the first two test matches against the Kangaroos.
When asked about Dhoni’s captaincy in the series so far, Gavaskar said, “He has led the side wonderfully in the series so far. He has been aggressive in his approach and he has never let the game drift away. His bowling changes have also been quite good.”
“In the test series against England, his captaincy was pretty ordinary. His field settings were pretty defensive and his bowling changes were also quite bizarre. But, in this series, he has been spot on with his captaincy.”
“Dhoni is one of the fittest blokes in the Indian team and his batting form has been sensational in the last one year. I think he should continue leading the side for the next few years.”
“However, he needs to improve his wicket keeping a bit. Generally, he is a very good wicketkeeper, but, in the last 6 months, his wicket keeping form hasn’t been that good. Even in this series, he has dropped a few catches and has missed a couple of stumpings. So, he needs to work a bit in this department.”
Gavaskar also said that the Australian captain Michael Clarke shouldn’t bat at no. 5 in the next two test matches. Gavaskar said, “No. 5 is not the position at which Clarke should bat. He is the best batsman of the Australian team and he should bat at no. 3. He can control the innings pretty well from that position.”
“Clarke fell short of partners in the first innings of the second test match and that was only because he came to bat a bit low. That’s not likely to happen if he comes to bat at no. 3.”