One of India's most successful captains, Mohammed Azharuddin has said that retirement from the game should be left to the players only because they understand what is best for them and the team. After the retirement of big players such as Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Laxman from the Test arena, only Sachin Tendulkar continues to play among the Fab 4 of Indian cricket. But, Azhar also stated that the present captain of the Indian team, MS Dhoni should resign from Test captaincy, as there is too much burden on his shoulders.
One would assume that MS Dhoni
knows his body well enough so he will take the right decision for himself as well as the Indian cricket. India
under MS Dhoni in the longer format of the game has been very inconsistent, to say the least. But, his record in the ODIs has been good both in his leadership skills as well as his individual performances.
Throwing some light on this episode, in this NNIS video, Azhar said, “Test matches need some changes, but in the ODIs, he has done well and his past performances cannot be forgotten.” But one also has to understand there is no player who fits into the role of the Indian captain at the moment. Many experts suggest Virat Kohli
is the right choice for the captaincy, but his lack of experience in Test matches and attitude in the field can be questioned.
The Indian team has been doing pretty well in the ongoing ODI series, where they also managed to attain the number one ranking in the ODIs. Azhar has also congratulated the Indian team for their number one ranking. The Indian team has always been a good team as far as the ODIs is concerned but, they falter in the Test arena.
Youngsters need to be groomed slowly as the team is still undergoing a phase of transition. Youngsters like Cheteshwar Pujara need to be given the right exposure so as to make them ready for future matches. He is one of the star players to watch out for in Indian colours.
Azhar said, “He (Pujara) will get his chance. If India wins the fourth ODI, then Pujara should be given a chance in the final ODI. New players should be tried.”