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Dhoni right man to lead India, Kohli's time will come, says Dravid

July 16, 2014 19:45 IST

Dhoni right man to lead India, Kohli's time will come, says Dravid

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Former India captain Rahul Dravid said that there is no need to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the Test captain as suggested by former Australian skipper Ian Chappell because the team has "progressed" well under the able leadership of the Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman.

"Dhoni is the right man to take India forward as we have been making progress and going forward under him. A lot of people keep complaining about the past losses in England and Australia (in 2011-12). But now he has a young team and is doing a good job. As far as Virat (Kohli) is concerned, his time will come," Dravid said on Wednesday.

Chappell had recently suggested that it's time that the Indian Test captaincy is handed over to Virat Kohli as Dhoni hasn't been upto the mark as a leader in the longer version.

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Image: Rahul Dravid (right) with Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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'Stuart, I feel proved to everyone that he belongs to the international arena'

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Dravid, who worked with the Indian team as the batting consultant before the start of the Test series, also praised his former Karnataka teammate Stuart Binny for proving his critics wrong by playing a match-saving innings of 78 at Trent Bridge.

"Stuart, I feel proved to everyone that he belongs to the international arena. People complained that he did not bowl enough. But that was simply because the conditions were not very suited to his style of bowling. I think he will get more chances at the Lord's," said Dravid.

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Image: Stuart Binny (left) with Rahul Dravid
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'I am sure Ashwin will get his chance depending on the conditions'

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Asked about the challenges awaiting India in the second Test starting at Lord's on Thursday, Dravid said,"Lord's will provide a different set of challenges to what one saw at Trent Bridge in the first Test. The conditions will be a little different and the pitch could be of greater help to the pace bowlers. I am looking forward to an exciting game."

Dravid also feels that Ravichandran Ashwin should be patient and wait for his chance as he will certainly get a look-in, depending on the conditions.

"Given Jadeja's recent performances, it was difficult to leave him out of the side for the Trent Bridge Test. I am sure Ashwin will get his chance depending on the conditions."

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'Vijay has worked very hard and he certainly deserved the century'

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India's second highest run-getter in Tests is not overtly worried about Shikhar Dhawan not getting runs in the first Test at Trent Bridge and says Murali Vijay's good form is proving to be crucial for the team.

"The openers got off to a good start in the first Test but somehow Dhawan could not make it count. So we should not be too worried. I am happy for Vijay though. He has worked very hard and he certainly deserved the century. Hopefully, he will build up on that innings in the series."

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Image: Murali Vijay
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'The ICC must investigate it thoroughly'

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Dravid urged the International Cricket Council to thoroughly investigate the Ravindra Jadeja-Jimmy Anderson controversy but refused to draw a parallel with the Jelly beans incident involving Zaheer Khan and the England players during the 2007 series which India won under his captaincy.

"I came to know about the episode in the morning today when I was reading the papers. From what I read, there have been pretty serious allegations made, and the ICC must investigate it thoroughly. However, it would not be correct to draw similarities between previous incidents with the current one. I would not like to connect them."

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