Thursday, 15 September 2011

3 captain strategy for India

England has defeated India in all the 3 formats of the game in this summer's India's tour to England. England started with a much debatable 3 different captains in 3 different formats strategy and have triumphed with it. Strauss in tests, Cook in ODI and Broad in T20 have led well and have taken their respective teams to victories. So what if India also go in with a similar strategy? Who would be the 3 Captains for India?

Tests- In the long format, I would prefer to retain Dhoni as the skipper simply because he does n't deserve to be stripped off the test captaincy only after 1 disastrous series having won India many series before and also because of the fact that there is no one else who can lead in tests. Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman have n't got age on their side while Gambhir, Zaheer and Sehwag are not test captain material. The rest are too young to be given the responsibility. Dhoni has command and respect over the team so he should continue leading the test team. Zaheer or Sehwag can be made the vice captains as they are experienced enough to be the second men in charge.

ODI's- The skipper in this format has to be experienced as well as young. While Dhoni has both the qualities but since we have to relieve him , thus the new skipper should be Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir has been India's dependable top order batsman for the past 3 years, has a cool and intelligent head on his shoulders and is young yet experienced. His form has been good for the past 2 years and has a nice experience of leading India to a 5-0 victory over New Zealand in ODI's at home and has led KKR for the first time to the play-offs in IPL 2011. The successful captaincy experience suggests he can take over the reigns from Dhoni for the ODI's while vice captain can be Raina who is IndiĆ”'s future skipper. I would not prefer Yuvraj as captain or vice captain because he is a man who would play well if he is unburdened and free minded. Captaincy just does n't seem to be his area.

T20- After winning the inaugural T20 WC in 2007 in South Africa, India have been pretty poor in T20's with more losses than victories and poor performances in the next 2 World cups. This format needs a change of leadership and the new leader should be Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli is the most promising young player in Indian team right now. His technique, temperament and on-field conduct is brilliant and he is definitely India's future skipper and mainstay batsman. He has experience of playing at the top level being in the world cup winning squad of the WC 2011 and being part of all the high voltage matches. He has also lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the absence of Vettori and has led well. But right now T20 captaincy would be enough as it will not burden him too much at such a young age and at the same time would help him groom to be the leader of India's ODI and test team in the future

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