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'Kohli should not be rushed into captaincy'

Last updated on: October 11, 2012 16:47 IST

'Kohli should not be rushed into captaincy'

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Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram says the in-form Virat Kohli should not be rushed into India's captaincy, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni must relieve himself of the burden of leading the side in at least one of the three formats.

"As far as blooding young Virat Kohli as a captain in smaller formats is concerned, I think that should just wait. The guy is in the form of his life. He has been India's most consistent batsman over the past 18 months or so," Akram said.

"Let him enjoy his game and not put any other responsibility on him at the moment. Kohli must not be burdened with team selection issues and other important decision-making matters," he added.


Image: India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (right) talks to Virat Kohli
Photographs: Tim Wimborne/Reuters

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'Dhoni must take some time out and assess himself'

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Coming back to Dhoni, Akram believes quitting the leadership responsibility in one format would help the 31-year-old to focus and enjoy the game.

"I am not surprised that questions are being raised about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership skills after India failed to reach the semi-finals of the World T20 for the third time in a row.

"Perhaps, Dhoni must take some time out and assess himself as a captain. He himself is the best judge of his skills as a leader. There could be additional pressure on him as a leader in all three formats of the game.

"I think, if he drops captaincy in one of the formats then he will be able to focus and enjoy his game more. I still feel he is one of the best players and finishers in limited-overs cricket," Akram was quoted as saying by espnstar.


Image: MS Dhoni with Virat Kohli
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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'Gambhir needs matches to get his confidence back'

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As for Gautam Gambhir, Akram hopes the out-of-form batsman will turn things around while leading Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League T20.

"If you take my team, Kolkata Knight Riders, Gautam Gambhir will like to put the disappointments of the ICC World T20 behind him quickly. I hope our skipper can turn it around.

"Gambhir needs matches to get his confidence back, and my gut feeling is that the responsibility of leading the side will bring the best out of him. He will play a vital role for KKR and I back him to do well in spite of seamer-friendly conditions in South Africa."


Image: Gautam Gambhir
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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'Presence of South African players will benefit IPL teams'

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Talking about the prospects of IPL teams in CLT20, he said the presence of South African players will benefit them greatly.

"All four sides -- KKR, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians -- have South African T20 specialists in their ranks and that will greatly benefit these sides.

"The local players will share their experience on how to play on those tracks and how the pitches will behave at this time of the year.

"For example, a Jacques Kallis will be able to advise his KKR teammates on how to go about setting up a target and what target could prove defendable," he added.


Image: Wasim Akram


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