Time for Virat Kohli to replace M S Dhoni as India captain: Sunil Gavaskar

Dhoni and kohli
Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar feels young Virat Kohli is the future of Indian cricket and he is ready to take up the captaincy job from incumbent Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the aftermath of the series defeat against England.

England broke the 28-year-old jinx by defeating India 2-1 verdict in the Test series after the fourth and final match ended in a draw here today.

Gavaskar said it is time the selectors look to the future as Dhoni seemed out of sorts in this series.

"Till the fourth day of this Test I said there is no alternative to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but now that Virat (Kohli) has come up with a 100 under trying circumstances I think he has discovered a good part about himself. I think he is ready to take on the mantle," the former India skipper said.

"I think this is something to be looked at in a positive manner because that's where the future is," Gavaskar told NDTV.

He also criticised the Indian team for the humiliating defeat but Dhoni's name came up for special mention for his ordinary and unaggressive captaincy in this series.

"If India were looking for a win they should have shown the intent by declaring at the overnight score. England batted exceedingly well but our bowlers were ineffective and our batters didn't do as much as they were expected to do. It was a team failure," he said.

"You don't put a forward short-leg and a silly point tojust get wickets. You also put them to pressurise the batsmen and get his wicket somwehere else. When you crowd a batsmen with fielders in his peripheral vision pressure automatically come on him and that's what he (Dhoni) didn't do," Gavaskar said about Dhoni's reluntance to deploy a more attacking field during England's second innings.

"I don't think England necessarily played better than us but they were more determined. They didn't lose heart after the defeat in the first Test in Ahmedabad and instead put in extra effort," he observed.

The cricketer-turned-commentator also said that it is time Sachin Tendulkar should make a decision on his career as he felt the senior batsman was no longer enjoying his time on the field.

"The important thing is how much you are enjoying the game. If you are not enjoying the game, enjoying to be on the field and doing things other than your speciality I feel that's the time to move on. May be that's happening to him (Tendulkar) and may be he will know that the time is right to go," Gavaskar said.

"Quite clearly this series wasn't good for him. In this Test he looked just a bit lost in (England's) second innings, at least that is what I have gathered from his body language. May be that's the sign. As he said I think he will reassess his future before

the Australia series," he added.

The former opener said complacency also had a big role to play in India's embarrassing defeat.

"Complacency is a part of Indian psyche and you can't do much about it. Everytime an Indian tries to be ambitious he is pulled down and that's one of the reason why Indians don't have the killer mentality," Gavaskar observed.

"Having won the first Test in Ahmedabad that complacency factor came in. I don't think India wanted to win (the series) as badly as England wanted. I didn't look helpless out here, they looked capable but the instinct was missing," Gavaskar added.

English cricketers cannot stop smiling

Nagpur: England cricketers rejoiced their "monumental" Test series victory over India here and credited the whole team for the historic triumph after a gap of 28 years.

Almost all the players wrote on their twitter pages to express their feelings after the win.

"28years later! Such an incredible team effort!. ? @kevinpp24 BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM," wrote Kevin Pietersen, who batted superbly in the England middle-order.

Matt Prior wrote, "Very proud day! test series win in India...special!!! As I've said before..it's 5pm somewhere in the world! Time to get on it! "

Prior also took a jibe at people, who had predicted that England would suffer a 0-4 whitewash.

"Where's that tweet predicting 4-0 win to India @MichaelVaughan? The boys can't seem to find it?," he wrote.

Paceman Tim Bresnan was happy that he was part of the historic win although he did not play a major role in it.

"That is a monumental win for us. First time in India during my lifetime. Proud to play a small part in it."

Jonathan Bairstow said he has got some amazing moments from the tour that will remain with him forever.

"A day and tour I shall never forget! Absolutely brilliant!!,' he tweeted.

Debutant Joe Root, who was at the crease when the stumps were drawn for the final time in the series, wrote, "First test tour, Test debut, first series win.... Doesn't get any better than this! #comeonengland!."

Spinner Graeme Swann was also ecstatic.

"What a feeling, winning the series and get to see my kids again in the morning. Oh and the wife," the off-spinner wrote.

Fast bowler James Anderson, who played a crucial role in England's win, said the party is going to be long tonight.

"A truly amazing all round effort to win out here. Everyone has been brilliant. Lots of drinking to do now before 4am flight home!"

Former England stumper Alec Stewart said the Britishers deserved to win.

"Must say how humble and respectful the Indian fans have been in defeat. Appreciate good cricket and admit the better team won," he wrote.

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