Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar said there was no need to rush Virat Kohli into full-time captaincy as long as Mahendra Singh Dhoni was willing to continue. The regular Team India captain, nursing a thumb injury, was rested for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka and the first Test against Australia in Brisbane, leaving Kohli in charge for another month.
In Dhoni's absence, Kohli led India to an unbeatable 3-0 lead against the Lankans in the five-match ODI series. He will now fill in Down Under as India play a four-Test series against the Australian starting December 4. But Gavaskar urged the media to stop pressuring Kohli by branding him as India's next captain. (Kohli to Lead India in Last 2 ODIs vs Sri Lanka)
"We should not be in such a rush to promote Kohli as captain. As long as Dhoni wants to do the job, let him do it. Let us not put any pressure on either Virat or Mahi by suggesting such things (that this is Kohli's test as captain)," Gavaskar told NDTV on Monday. (In Dhoni's Absence, Saha & Ojha Vie for Wicketkeeping Slots)