Dharamsala: Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin feels that the current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lacks a bit of intelligence when it comes to leading the side in Test cricket and there should be different captains for three formats of the game.
He [Dhoni] has always been a very good captain in [the] ODIs and Twenty20s but in Test cricket, he lacks a bit of intelligence, maybe when it comes to taking instant on-field decisions, Azhar, who is here to lead the Indian MPs in a friendly match against the British MPs, told PTI in an interview.
So, I feel that he is very much suited for ODIs and T20s but for Test matches, I honestly believe that there should be three different captains for three formats, he said. He is a very good player. Maybe when he doesn't have captaincy pressure on him, he might play differently. I think it's very hard for anyone to say whether he is able to justify his place in the Test team or not, but since he is a captain, you have to respect that.
Asked about the Test series whitewashes against England and Australia respectively, he said, Lack of confidence and lack of preparation were the key reasons. We did badly because the ball swung a lot in those conditions. ...more
12:03 AM, May 12, 2008