'Dhoni is born to lead'

Calcutta: "An extremely good captain... Born to lead," is how Greg Chappell hailed Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who made his Test debut during his time as the India coach.

Chappell, also a former Australia captain and selector, told The Telegraph: "Dhoni has a lot of courage and reads the game very well... Indeed, as good as anyone else... He doesn't shirk responsibility and doesn't make excuses...

"Dhoni has been India's captain across the three formats for over four years and that's a long time in Indian cricket... Add to that his captaining in the IPL...

"From what I can make out, Dhoni is probably the most sought-after individual in India...

"India got thrashed in England and in Australia, in 2011-12, but I don't think Dhoni had the resources to do the job in both places...

"In Australia, I got the impression that Dhoni was actually very tired... Didn't have the options either... He got criticised after India lost to England at home, too, but look at the way he's responded to the criticism...

"Eventually, Dhoni may decide to captain in only one or a couple of formats... He'll know when it's time and, knowing him, he'll himself put his hand up to say he's done with captaining in one or two formats..."

According to Chappell, who spoke on Tuesday evening, Dhoni will "finish captaining India on his terms."

Dhoni, incidentally, is now on a par with Sourav Ganguly as India's most successful (21 wins) Test captain.

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