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Ganguly prefers Gautam Gambhir as Indian Test captain, after IPL victory

May 29, 2012

IPL, Gautam Gambhir, Indian Test captaincy

After the immediate success of IPL, Gautam Gambhir has been seen as the future captain of the Indian team. Sourav Ganguly, one of the best captains that India has produced feels that the selectors have an option of another captain in the longer format of the game.

It seems that the former Indian captain has not been impressed by Dhoni’s performance in the Test arena. But, he agrees to the point that the captain fantastic, Dhoni has been one of the best in the 50 over format and the T20 format. It is not a matter of fluke that the Indian team won both the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the 50 over World Cup in 2011 under Dhoni’s captaincy. But his leadership skills during the shorter format of the game is still found wanting.

India suffered one of their most humiliating defeat in the last away Test series against Australia and England, where they failed to win a single test match. Some experts during the time also said that his time is over as the Indian captain. He was crictised for his defensive mindset too. It is at this juncture where Gautam Gambhir has a strong case for him, as he has the much needed aggression to take the team forward, as was witnessed when he captained the Kolkata Knight Riders.

But, is it not too early to judge upon Gambhir’s captaincy after a single IPL trophy? Captaining a T20 franchise and a nation are two different things. But , one thing is for certain, Gautam Gambhir has it in him to marshal his troops forward. So, his IPL triumph has brought him to the reckoning , but that is only if Dhoni decides to retire early or resigns or he is removed from captaincy. Neither of these things might happen soon enough.

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