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Dhoni not an intelligent Test captain,feels Azhar

Mohd Azharuddin even questioned whether Dhoni can justify his place in the Test team.

Written by Agencies | Dharamsala | Published: April 13, 2012 3:52 pm

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin feels that current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lacks “a bit of intelligence” when it comes to Test captaincy and there should be different leaders for three formats of the game.

“He (MS Dhoni) has always been a very good captain in ODIs and Twenty20s but in Test cricket,he lacks a bit of intelligence. May be when it comes to taking instant on-field decisions,” Azhar,who is here to lead the Indian MPs in a friendly match against British MPs,said in an interview.

“So,I feel that he is very much suited for ODIs and T20s but for Test matches. I honestly believe that there should be three different captains for three formats,” he said.

“He is a very good player. Maybe,when he doesn’t have captaincy pressure on him,he might play differently. I think,it’s very hard for anyone to say whether he is able to justify his place in the Test team or not,but since he is a captain,you have to respect that.”

Asked about the Test series whitewashes against England and Australia respectively,he said,”Lack of confidence and lack of preparation were the key reasons. We did badly because the ball swung a lot in those conditions.”

The Hyderabad-batsman of yesteryears feels that Rohit Sharma should be an ideal replacement for Rahul Dravid in the Test team.

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