Rahul Dravid to M S Dhoni: Quit T20 captaincy but remain Test skipper

Rahul Dravid with M S Dhoni

Former India skipper Rahul Dravid has thrown his weight behind the beleaguered Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying that he is the 'only man' capable of leading the Test team but should quit Twenty20 captaincy to avoid becoming 'stale'.

"Not only is Dhoni the only man to lead India in Test cricket, he is still capable of doing the job well. What it will require from him is a change in the way he captains, a recognition that he can't do everything all the time, and the willingness to ask for and accept help," Dravid said.

"Dhoni has got to recognise that he can't continue to captain and play all the time, because it is making him stale... To start with, Dhoni could easily give up the India T20 and Chennai Super Kings captaincies...He needs to take breaks between captaining and keeping and playing," he wrote in his 'ESPNCricinfo' column.

"He should certainly play ODIs and T20s for India, because he is invaluable to the side. Giving up a couple of captaincy roles might give him more time in the main India job and the freshness to keep doing it. It would also give India an opportunity to perhaps give someone like (Virat) Kohli a chance to be T20 captain, break him into the job and see how he goes," he said.

Dhoni's captaincy was criticised after India's recent home Test debacle against England followed by the ODI loss to arch-foes Pakistan.

Even though he is in decent form with the bat, several former players feel Dhoni has shown signs of fatigue as captain.

But Dravid believes India does not have anyone to replace the wicketkeeper-batsman, who led the country to the 2007 Twenty20 World title besides the 2011 ODI World Cup.

Dravid also said that Dhoni should change his approach slightly.

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