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03 December 2023

India contemplate stripping Dhoni as captain

Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni wait for the presentations after day five of the fourth Test between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval on January 28 in Australia. (FILE)

By Staff

World Cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's future is at stake after India's humiliating Test series loss against India, according to reports.

Dashing opener Virender Sehwag has been touted as the natural successor as the Indian cricket board (BCCI) contemplates relieving Dhoni of the Test captaincy.

However, Dhoni is expected to continue as captain for the limited-overs versions of the game, ODI and T20, the Times of India reported.

Ironically Sehwag stood in as captain for the final Test of the series against Australia as Dhoni served a one-match suspension handed by the ICC (International Cricket Council).

BCCI wants to hold Dhoni accountable for India's eight consecutive Test losses overseas to England and Australia which has resulted in India dropping to the third spot in the ICC Test rankings.

Furthermore, reports have emerged of a rift within the team particularly between Dhoni and Sehwag, which have been strenuously denied.

It is believed that ego clash between Sehwag and Dhoni has also contributed to India’s debacle in Australia.

Sehwag is not happy with the way Dhoni functions. Be it field placements during a Test match or promoting a new player, Sehwag believes his opinions are not heard.

Also, Sehwag believes that he has not got his due – captaincy – because of Dhoni and the Indian selectors now want to give him a chance.