Bishan pitches in for new captain in Tests

New Delhi: Blaming Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the apparent 'rift' in the Indian cricket team in Australia, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi on Sunday said time has now come for the side to have a new Test skipper.

Bedi felt that Dhoni had failed to maintain harmony in the team in Australia by stating that the three senior openers could not be in the team together as they were slow fielders.

Asked if Dhoni should be removed from Test captaincy, Bedi said: "This is the job of selectors and I don't wish to pressurise them. But personally speaking Dhoni might have his day. I think there is definitely room for a new Test captain."

"To a certain extent, the dissension in the team in Australia has undermined his captaincy. He (Dhoni) created it (dissension) by himself. He was the first one to speak to the media," Bedi told a news channel.

"Most definitely, things have gone out of control of Dhoni and so he should be replaced."

Asked if Dhoni's leadership was found wanting in Australia, Bedi said: "Dhoni was struggling as a leader. A leader's job is to keep the team together and not to allow drift among players in different directions. He did not show the leadership, which was desired.

"He (Dhoni) should not have made those negative comments (of senior players being slow fielders). Not at all."

Bedi also said Sachin Tendulkar should be given at least two months' time to decide on his future and if he does not take a decision before India's next series, the BCCI should take a call on his fate. "We (media, former cricketers) are pygmies as compared to a giant called Sachin. The only person who can sit in judgement of Sachin is Sachin himself whether he wants to carry on or quit.

"I prefer Sachin taking his own decision but if he does not decide then the Board should decide. It's the Board's prerogative then."


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