Dhoni's cluttered mind means it's time for fresh leadership in Tests

India's woeful form and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ineffective approach in overseas Tests may signal the end of the Jharkhand hero's time as Test captain very soon. Is this the perfect time to pass the baton on to Virat Kohli?

updated: February 19, 2014 17:29 IST
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A bizarre field placement, mini bowling spells for non-regulars like Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and even the decision to bring himself on, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has perhaps tried everything within his reach to overturn his overseas misfortune. Alas, in vain. Even as Virat Kohli added yet another overseas century to his kitty, the final day of India's tour of New Zealand in Wellington finished with the hosts clinching the Test series 1-0 and packing off Dhoni's side without a win in the series.

Dhoni's fourth successive overseas tour loss brings back the pertinent question: Is it time for a change of guard? Is it time for India to take a cue from most top nations and try out split captaincy?

Despite enjoying successes in the 2011 World Cup, 2013 Champions Trophy and almost every series that was played at home in between, there has been contrasting on-field display when the team took the field in foreign conditions. Two successive four-nil losses in England and Australia in 2011-12 and yet Dhoni got a reprieve back then, but a near repeat performance in two-match series in South Africa and New Zealand (1-0 loss in each) does call for attention from the selection committee.

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