Change style of captaincy: Dravid to MSD
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With the Indian team experiencing a steady exodus of older players, MS Dhoni will need to change his leadership style, according to Rahul Dravid. When Dravid and other seniors were part of the side, Dhoni's captaincy was characterised by a hands-off approach. Now, Dravid wrote in a column on ESPNCricinfo, Dhoni will need to play a vocal role in guiding less experienced bunch of players.
"Over the last five years as captain, for the most part Dhoni led a team that had a lot of experienced players ... His team-mates included Sachin, myself, Laxman, Sehwag, Zaheer and Harbhajan, and we didn't need instructions about what to do to perform," Dravid wrote. "Now Dhoni is captaining a team with young guys, who need more communication and guidance. They are learning about international cricket and dealing with their own stresses and challenges; they need someone to help them, to explain what is happening - for example, when people are dropped."
Dravid added that Dhoni's communication skills would come under their biggest test when it came to mentoring the bowling attack."He is not one for bowling plans and bowlers' meetings. When you have senior bowlers like Zaheer, Kumble and Harbhajan, the captain need not worry about all that because the bowlers know what to do. On the other hand Ashwin and Ojha, need to know what the plan is."
Dravid held that Dhoni was still the best man to lead India, especially in Test cricket, both in terms of his own leadership skills and the lack of credible alternatives available at this stage, considering Gautam Gambhir's patchy form and Virat Kohli's inexperience."At the moment, he (Kohli) is a growing, developing cricketer. I would love for him to get the job after India has played another 15 or so Tests, which means after the England tour, in September 2014," Dravid wrote.
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