Dhoni's time to become Test captain will come: Kapil

Former India skipper Kapil Dev feels there's no need to hurry ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni into Test captaincy.

updated: October 26, 2008 09:40 IST
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Even as the clamour to appoint Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India's Test captain gathers pace after he guided the hosts to a 320-run win over Australia in the second Test in Mohali, former skipper Kapil Dev feels there's no need to hurry.

"Anil Kumble (as India's Test captain) has done extremely well," Kapil told reporters on Thursday.

"At the moment, Dhoni is doing extremely well. It is a matter of time -- today, tomorrow, whenever, that he will be made the captain. Kumble is 38-39 years old. Whenever he calls it a day, I think he (Dhoni) will take over," he added.

The 1983 World Cup-winning skipper said he was happy to see that there was somebody ready to take over the reins once Kumble retires.

"The positive side is we have somebody in the team who is ready to take the (captain's) seat."

When told that many see shades of the all-rounder in Dhoni, Kapil said, "Oh, he is far better than me.

Kapil also felt losing some quality cricketers to retirement has hit Australia hard.

"When you lose top four or five players in the team that dominated world cricket for 15 years, you are going to face trouble," he said adding, "It all depends on how many players you have in the reserve who can come and take their roles well. Many teams now believe that Australia is beatable."