Indian spin great Erapalli Prasanna has said that Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli should be given charge to lead both the limited over formats in stead of current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
He also said that Dhoni can continue playing as wicket-keeper/batsman rather than skipper as his leadership skills are on the wane.
“I think the time has come to make Kohli captain in all three formats. Dhoni is 33-34 now and there has to be a change in captaincy at some point so why not now? He can keep playing as a player. Ultimately, it is Dhoni who will take the call,” said the spin great.
Adding to it, he further said, “If you ask me, let him keep the wickets and give Kohli the charge right away. It is in the team’s interest.”
Dhoni has already been named to lead Team India in the World Twenty20 in March and April. However, Prasanna wants the decision to be reassessed following Dhoni’s captaincy records in last few series.
When Prasanna was asked over Dhoni’s continuity as a player in the playing XI, Prasanna said, “If you look at the overall scenario, he may be a better batsman than Saha but wicket-keeping wise Saha is equally good. Perhaps Dhoni can carry on and you can still expect a 30-40 run innings from him in the slog overs.”
He also questioned few stunning decisions made by MS saying, “Some of the selection choices have been baffling to be honest. Dropping your number one bowler (R Ashwin) in the last two games was beyond logic.”
Speaking over the third ODI, the 75-year-Old said, “If he was around in the third ODI (at Melbourne), India could have built more pressure with Jadeja bowling well from the other end. Instead, Dhoni took Jadeja off the attack soon after he removed Steve Smith. It was surely questionable.”
He also questioned about the team selection, saying, “Manish hardly got time to prove himself and then you picked Gurkeerat and Rishi, both pretty mediocre players. If you look at the bench strength, it is nowhere near international standards. If you drop Ashwin and put players like Rishi, you are not expected to win.”
“It seems the only way India can win right now is if they get a slow turner,” he added.