After the Euphoric victory over the Aussies in the 2nd Test one conclusion everybody was drawing to give the charge to Dhoni as Test captain.
It is the biggest win of India at all times especially when its the Aussies on the other side. Everybody contributed to the victory and there were some wonderful landmarks for India along the way specially our Little Master breaking the world Record for highest run in Test Matches.
But the man who set the tone for the victory, in my opinion, was – Mahendra Singh Dhoni. I thought he set a wonderful example and a wonderful mood for India to play this Test in. Virender Sehwag, in particular, had a smile on his face during the whole match. He looked like he really enjoyed the style India played this match – in such an aggressive way.
It was a wonderful all-round team effort from India. Fittingly Amit Mishra, who made such a terrific debut, finished the innings off. He picked up two wickets in the second innings to give him seven for the match. It was a wonderful debut for him.
India won this Test magnificently to celebrate Tendulkar’s record-breaking match. It has been a wonderful game for India.
Now the Million Dollar Question – Should MS Dhoni be named as the Test Captain?
Despite Anil Kumble doing a decent job with the Test captaincy at the end of his career, India’s former Test stars, including Erapalli Prasanna and Ajit Wadekar, feel the leg spinner should be eased out of the captaincy sooner than later so that Mahendra Singh Dhoni gets enough time to settle down as the Test captain after leading the ODI and Twenty20 teams quite successfully.
Legendary off-spinner Prasanna, who hails from the same state (Karnataka) as Kumble, firmly believes that the change of guard has to happen sooner than later and Dhoni’s inexperience at Test level should not be held against him from taking over the mantle.
After India coach Gary Kirsten said that Dhoni is ready for Test captaincy, Akram echoed the view and said Kumble should quit at the top of his form, passing overTest captaincy to Dhoni.
“I respect Anil for what he has achieved. He has done enough for India and I think it’s time for him to take a bow at a time when he is still counted as one of the best,” Akram told ESPN.
Though Kirsten said Dhoni’s anointment as Test captain should not be rushed, for Kumble was doing a fine job, Akram felt the veteran spinner should not prolong his retirement and call it quits at a time when he is still regarded among the best in the business.
“Dhoni is the man” to replace Kumble, said Akram. Thoroughly impressed by Dhoni’s leadership qualities, Akram pointed out India’s string of good shows under the star stumper-batsman and also referred to how Dhoni remodelled himself from a hard-hitting batsman to a middle-order mainstay.
Recently Ravi Shastri commented on Dhon’s success- He (Dhoni) could be tough on seniors & generous to youngsters. Clarity of mind, strength of conviction, originality- you could go on and on with his postives.
Dhoni has managed success in a short span what other skippers don’t achieve in a life time. lets hope Dhoni maintains the same momentum and brings greater glory to our cricket crazy nation.