Mahendra Singh Dhoni is part of Indian Team ever since Anil Kumble quit the game and since then he is an automatic choice. But for his sudden burst of dissent that he quit Test cricket abruptly to leave the team without an experienced skipper and captain down under. Ever since that he is part of Indian Team in one day as well as T-20 cricket. Dhoni’s future as captain was called into question after India’s lacklustre showing in the World Twenty20 but the limited-overs skipper has showed no sign of surrendering to his critics. Former Team Director Ravi Shastri recently backed Test skipper Virat Kohli to lead the country in all formats, saying Dhoni should be allowed to enjoy the game as a player, free from the responsibility of captaincy. However, Dhoni is having good number of endorsements and the sponsors will not allow him to quit till the time the contract expires. The same thing happened to Tendulkar also and in the end he was forced to quit with a grand farewell test match at his home in Mumbai. BCCI will have to back captain cool till the time sponsors give their final clearance. With big guns including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina rested Dhoni will have the tough task of inspiring a bunch of youngsters in the African nation. India is playing three one-day internationals and T20s vs Zimbabwe with as many as five uncapped players in the 16-man squad. Dhoni’s performance as captain will not be measured with the performance in Zimbabwe. And as a batsman and wicket-keeper he is likely to succeed against a babes Zimbabwe in the shortest form of the game and retain his place for another couple years with an extended contract as a captain.
S. Abhishek Ramani
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