Thursday, January 21, 2016

Struggling Dhoni offers to quit India ODI captaincy


Once hailed as the 'Best Finisher' and 'Captain Cool' India's wicket keeping captain Dhoni could step down down in favour of India's Test Skipper Virat Kohli after 4th consecutive defeat to Australia.
Indian cricketing hero MS Dhoni has foreshadowed he may repeat his Test captaincy abdication in the one-day format following back-to-back defeats to Australia.
Already retired from Tests, Dhoni came under severe criticism after 4 back to back defeats at the hands of World Champions Australia.
He has come under more flak from the critics, media and fans after scoring a 3 ball duck and spoilt a good opportunity to post a win, after Kohli and Dhawan posting a double century partnership for the 2nd wicket.
Dhoni himself  has taken the burden of responsibility for a traumatic defeat at Manuka Oval, admitting it was his wicket so soon on the heels of Shikhar Dhawan's departure that changed the complexion of the match.
"I think it was my wicket because that specifically is my role in the team from that kind of position to make sure we finish off the game well," Dhoni said. "So my wicket really was the turning point at that point of time, we lost quite a few there but it was my wicket because according to the role and responsibility that everybody has, that specifically is my role."

Dhoni, who is 35 years old, said he was willing to step down from the captaincy if India's selectors deemed that to be in the best interests of the team.
"Yes, if it is a justifiable thing that if you remove me and the Indian cricket will start doing really well, and if I am the reason for all the bad that is happening to Indian cricket, definitely I would love to step away and play as a player," Dhoni said after the defeat.
"Ultimately you want India to win. It doesn't matter who is the captain.
"I know this question was coming. I know the media really loves me."
If the wicketkeeper-batsman was to step aside, it would open the door for Virat Kohli to take over the reins in all formats. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 December, midway through the Commonwealth Bank Series against Australia, ending a 90-Test career as India’s most successful captain and handing the leadership to aggressive middle-order batsman Kohli.
Dhoni took over the ODI leadership from Rahul Dravid after the country's surprise exit at the group stage of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
Under his leadership, India won the 2011 World Cup on home soil, while he has also skippered the team to a Twenty20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy and, with the Test team, lead India to the top of the world rankings.
"I was never really in line to become a captain. It was a job or responsibility for me. I have taken that responsibility. If they want to take it away, I am happy to give it away," Dhoni added.
"What is more important is to play for the country and contribute to the team and try to keep the dressing room atmosphere good.
"So that whenever youngsters are coming in, they can come and perform. That will be the ultimate achievement for me.
"Indian cricket had been used to players coming in toned, ready for international cricket. Now it has changed. You have to grind it through. You can't win every series you play."
The 5th and final ODI will be held on Janury 23, again at the SCG. 
India who is already trailing 4-0 will struggle to stop Australia from posting a white wash.
If India loses again, that would be their 400th One Day International defeat.

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