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I am willing to give up captaincy: Dhoni

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Jan 31, 2012 at 11:49pm IST

New Delhi: Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Tuesday said that he is willing to give up the captaincy and be replaced by someone else.

India suffered their second successive whitewash on an overseas tour when they were wiped out 4-0 by Australia in the recently concluded Test series.

The world champions suffered the same margin of defeat on their tour of England last year.

I am willing to give up captaincy: Dhoni

"It's an added responsibility and not a position that belongs to anyone," MS Dhoni said.

"It's an added responsibility and not a position that belongs to anyone," Dhoni said.

"Am trying to do well, it's not a position I want to hold or stick on to. If there is a better replacement, it's an open job, he can come in and the place should be given to him," he said.

Dhoni now has lost seven straight Test matches abroad as captain and as a batsman, his stocks have really fallen low on foreign pitches.

While he made 220 at 31.43 from four Tests in England, he scored 102 from six innings of three Tests at 20.40 on the present tour.

"The responsibility was given to me three-and-a-half years ago. I am trying to fit into the shoes, get along with the team and perform well."

Dhoni had earlier dropped hints during the Test series that he might leave Test cricket altogether by 2013 to make himself available the 2015 World Cup.

"It's two years to 2013. I don't know whteher I would still be alive! There would be IPL, Champions League, back-to-back series. It's not a calendar you can decide in advance or if there is a lot of rest", Dhoni said.

"I would have to decide by 2013 but it's two years away. I can't say in 2014 that I am not playing next World Cup and give a player of 25-odd matches (a chance to prove)," he said.

Dhoni, however, made it clear that his journey as a Test cricketer was far from over but believed the decision was not entirely in his hands.

"I am still on my way (through the journey). I haven't reached anywhere. But it's not an individual who decides, it's others who decide whether you are good enough or not.

"As a player, I am giving my 100 per cent. I am still doing what I was doing. Test cricket is real cricket, but I am not discarding other formats. Every format has its own challenges," he said.

(With Agency inputs)

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