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'Dhoni should perform to retain captaincy'
Wednesday 29 February 2012

With India suffering two back-to-back Test series defeats abroad, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly today said Mahendra Singh Dhoni should perform better if he has to retain his Test captaincy. "If Dhoni has to be captain of the Test team, he has to perform better. Look at his performance. He will not be picked for a Test team," Ganguly said.

"India has lost too many Tests overseas, eight in a row. Is that not a sign enough for making changes?" he added. However, Ganguly heaped a lot of praise on opener Virender Sehwag, saying: "Sehwag is a great Test cricketer and a certainty in Tests. See his record as a Test captain. Before Adelaide, he won all that he led. I don't see Sehwag being dropped from Test matches. "If India has to move forward, selectors have to identify players for different formats of the game."

However, Kapil Dev differed with Ganguly and said: "Dhoni has been one of the best captains in recent times and has achieved quite a bit as captain. He has been able to motivate the team which has won laurels." "Despite being a brilliant player, Sehwag has not given me an impression of being a motivator. It will be wrong to change Dhoni at this stage." said the former India captain. Dev felt it was wrong to put all the blame on Dhoni for India's dismal performance. "Cricket has changed. What about the top players who failed to perform? Nobody is talking about their failures. It's wrong to blame the captain," he said.

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