Former cricketer and team director Ravi Shastri has said that Virat Kohli should replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India’s captain in limited-overs format.
Kohli, who is currently in the form of his life, had taken over Dhoni as Test skipper in December 2014.
At that time Dhoni had shocked everyone with his sudden announcement of retirement, which had come in the middle of the Australia tour.
Though at that time he had made it clear that he had no plans to retire from other formats of the game, Dhoni’s record has not really improved much since then as he led the team in successive series defeats against Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia.
Dhoni’s form as a batsman has also been under the scanner, though as a captain we have had glimpses of his proven leadership qualities.
Kholi on the other hand has been brilliant in the past few months and helped India sail through many of the crucial matches.
Even in the recently concluded IPL 9 season, Dhoni struggled to make an impact with his new team Rising Pune Supergiants which finished a lowly seventh.
Meanwhile Kohli hammered an impressive record of 973 runs including another record of four hundreds in a single series.
Though he failed to seal the cup, Kohli led his troops brilliantly to ensure that the Royal Challengers Bangalore reach the final.
Shastri’s comment though comes at a time when the selection committee is resting many of its senior players for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour, though Dhoni would be leading the relatively younger team.
While Shastri has said that he hopes even with Kohli as the leader, Dhoni would continue to play in ODI and T20 format, it would be interesting to see how Dhoni would fare out if such scenario does occur.