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Feb 19, 2014 at 02:53pm IST

Will split captaincy address Team India's woes?

Ten defeats in 15 overseas Tests without a win in over two and a half years is a cause of concern for any team - whether in transition or not. And India are now suffering what Australia did after the exodus of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh and Adam Gilchrist.

A young Team India is struggling to come to terms with the loss of Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in quick succession. As a result, the team's Test performance has taken a hit and MS Dhoni seems to be running out of ideas as a Test captain to arrest the slide.

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Will split captaincy address Team India's woes?

Will split captaincy address Team India's woes? (AFP)

The downslide in Test cricket began after the World Cup 2011, and the whitewash in Australia and England spread to winless tours of South Africa and now New Zealand.

Dhoni captained in 14 of the last 15 Tests on foreign soil, which is why there's a lot of hue and cry over India's Test captaincy - with an idea of split captaincy thrown in the mix because having a new limited-overs captain less than a year before India's World Cup defence will be too big a risk to take.

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But certainly a different Test captain is worth a consideration.

Dhoni, who upstaged Ganguly as India's most successful captain, lags far behind the Kolkata icon in terms of loss percentage, having lost 11 of the 23 Tests he has led in overseas. In comparison to Ganguly's loss rate of 35.71 percent, Dhoni has lost 48 percent Tests as skipper.

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Some feel Dhoni is tired captaining every team he is part of - from Tests to IPL. His field placements have defied logic at times and bringing himself on to bowl for just one over appeas nothing but a schoolboy surprise. Yes, he doesn't have a tear-away fast bowler who can intimidate the opposition, but then that's not an excuse for not winning. India never had such a bowler, did they?

But who if not Dhoni? One name that pops up right away is Virat Kohli. No one is performing as consistently as him at the moment, and he has led India earlier on the tours of Zimbabwe and West Indies. He is the one, after Dhoni, who looks to be commanding respect from his team-mates on sheer performance.

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But will it happen? Not many are putting their money on it.

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