Keen to captain in all formats: Dhoni

Dhoni said it would be unfair to burden a new player with the captaincy a year ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

Dhoni feels now is not the best time to give up the captaincy. (Getty Images)


New Delhi: With the 2015 World Cup a little over a year away, Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that it won't be the right decision to stop playing any in format at this point.

Knowing that the new skipper, in case he were to retire from one of formats, won’t have much time to get accustomed to the role, the India captain on Monday said that he is keen on continuing to lead in all three formats.

“I did say in Australia in 2012 that I would like to step down from one of the formats if I have to see through the 2015 World Cup. But now I feel that the body is holding [up] fine."

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“The current time frame is such that it won’t give the new captain the ideal time to play at least 70-80 games prior to the World Cup,” Dhoni said at an event organised by Ashok Leyland.

With the amount of cricket being played nowadays having increased manifold, Dhoni did not set a time frame for his retirement and emphasised that he’ll listen to the call of his body.

“The body is closely knit together. I can’t predict what is going to happen in future but so far the going has been good,” he said.

The challenging New Zealand tour starts in just a few days and Dhoni admitted that the bowlers need to pull up their socks to get 20 wickets.

“Our bowlers have the potential to bowl the opposition out twice. They have performed well on helpful wickets but outside India, at times, we get wickets where the bowlers have to hit the deck hard and our bowlers haven’t been able to do that. That’s one area where we have to learn.”

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He, however, sounded positive about the future, stating that the bowlers at his disposal have the potential to run through the opposition line-up in Test matches.

“Looking at the lot of bowlers that we have got, definitely it seems that they have the potential to take 20 wickets in Test matches,” he said.

On the recently concluded tour of South Africa, where the Indians lost both the ODI and Test series, Dhoni said that they haven’t played to their potential on overseas tours and one bad session in Durban cost them the Test series.

“We have had some tough times overseas. In the South Africa series, one bad session in Durban proved costly for us. We could have had a far worse series than the one we had,” he said.

“Most of the players, who are part of the side, barring a few, have not played, maybe, more than five Test matches outside India. I know they will take some time but the overall performance was good. There are a few overseas tours coming up and they will get the required exposure.”

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The most successful skipper in the history of Indian cricket also fondly recollected how he used to travel in difficult conditions during his days as a junior player in the undivided Bihar.

He said that he used to hitch rides from truck drivers and the experience helped him to get used to travelling in uncomfortable conditions.

“Those days, it was undivided Bihar and the transport system wasn’t very robust. We used to ask for lift from truck drivers and they would happily oblige. Later, it proved beneficial as we would not always get reservation while travelling in trains and it used to build team camaraderie,” a nostalgic Dhoni recalled.


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