After the recent announcement by MS Dhoni who himself hints that he may retire from Test matches in 2013, on Tuesday while talking to the media before the scheduled T20 matches against Australia says that he is ready to quit the captaincy if the BCCI board feels that there is a better replacement waiting to carry the responsibility.
While talking to the media Dhoni says “It (captaincy) doesn’t belong to anyone. It’s a position I hold, and it’s an added responsibility. I always like to do well till I am in job but it’s not something I want to stick to. If there is a better replacement, he can come in,” and to add further he says “At the end of the day, you want India to perform. If there is someone who can do a better job, captaincy should be given to him. It’s not something you have to cling on to,” while leaves a huge spectaculation that BCCI may keep him aside as a captain in the coming test series.
As a matter of fact Team India under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni have lost 7 Test matches in a row (it is actually 8 in a row, Dhoni was banned for one Test match for slow over rate and didn’t played 4th & final Test Against Australia. Virendra Sehwag has acted as Captain for this match) and have scored 220 runs at an average 31.43 for the four tests he have played against England and scored just 102 runs with an average 20.40 for the three tests he have played in the current tour against Australia.
Dhoni feels that “The responsibility was given to me three-and-a-half years ago. I am trying to fit into the shoes, get along with the team and perform well.” and clearly hints that he will retire in 2013.
Finally while talking about his future plans Dhoni says “It’s two years to 2013. I don’t know whether I would still be alive! There would be IPL, Champions League, back-to-back series. It’s not a calendar you can decide in advance or if there is a lot of rest”.
It is hugely speculated by the media that Sehwag will replace Dhoni as Test Captain in the future series, anyways lets see how BCCI will deal with Dhoni over his future in Test Cricket.