Skipper Virat Kohli might stand behind his senior-most teammate MS Dhoni, but former cricketers like VVS Laxman feel that it is time for the former skipper to make way for youngsters, at least in the shortest form of the game. With India losing the second T20I against New Zealand in Rajkot, Laxman feels that the former finisher now requires more time to get going and that can put the team in a spot of bother in the shortest format of the game.After VVS there is another former player of India who thinks about this.He thinks about this should be the next step by Bcci.
Who’s that former player?
Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar feels that the Indian cricket team management should now start weighing up options to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the shortest format of the game. This comes after the Men in Blue suffered a 40-run loss against New Zealand in the second T20I at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot on Saturday.
This prompted Agarkar to say that the Indian team management must now look at different alternatives for Dhoni, as far as the shortest format of the game is concerned.
“If he (Dhoni) started to hit the ball from the word go, then India were in with a chance. But that has been his problem for a while now and not just in this match. Over the last few games, we have seen that he takes a little bit of time but in T20 cricket, there is hardly any time. I heard people say that he should bat at different number, but he came into bat in the 10th over in this match. How many time you get to bat 10 overs in T20 cricket and in my opinion, there was enough time.” Agarkar told
“I think India must now look at other options, at least in T20Is. In one-day cricket, they seem be happy with the role that he is playing. When you were the captain of the side, it was different. But just as a batsman, will India miss him, I don’t think so. In T20 cricket, it is lot easier to make that transition as there is lot of experience in that team apart from MS Dhoni now,” he added.
The series is locked at 1-1 after India won the first match at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium and the decider will now be played in Thiruvananthapuram on November 7.