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Ajit Agarkar Raises Doubt Over Dhoni’s Place In Team

Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar has called for the selectors to examine Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s place for not only as limited overs skipper, but as a player too.

Ajit Agarkar said that the selectors ought to take a look at Virat Kohli’s execution as Test skipper by comparison, and take an approach for Dhoni’s role in the restricted overs format after the ongoing South Africa series.

India lost the Twenty20 International (T20I) arrangement 0-2 against South Africa after the third match was washed out at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.

“He (Dhoni) has been an incredible player for India, however you don’t need him to end up an obligation for the team. Furthermore, he needs to perform much better than he has been. Because he has done it throughout the years, doesn’t mean it’s alright for him to fall flat,” Ajit Agarkar was cited as saying by ESPNcricinfo on Friday.

In the upcoming five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against South Africa, Agarkar said he was charmed that India’s squad has been helped by the bonafide pace of Umesh Yadav, something he felt was missing in the T20Is.

“Dhoni continues saying you need not to be a quick bowler, you should be a decent bowler, yet it has been appeared in T20s, you require bowlers with quality. They (quick bowlers) can and will have terrible days in the shorter format of the game. That’s when I think the selectors need to practically put their foot down with M.S. Dhoni. He is, occasionally, way too practical, which doesn’t work for the team any longer,” he said.

“You would rather have somebody like Umesh who can have an effect with maybe a couple wickets which can change the direcion of the game instead of somebody bowling with line and length throughout the day,” the pacer  added.

37-year-old, Ajit Agarkar was highly critical of Dhoni’s choice to bat at No.4 in the ODIs, insisting that such a move would be unjustifiable on someone like Ajinkya Rahane and “would not work for the team.”

“I’m not convinced that he bats at number four. Soon after this World Cup, you’re trying to build up your team for the forthcoming World Cup. Four years is quite a while, yet for Dhoni, who is towards the end of his career, to put himself up, I’m not certain about it,” he said.

“You can comprehend if there are batsmen who can’t bat 3 and 4. In any case, there is Ajinkya Rahane, who has been one of your best players in Test cricket and I don’t think he can bat lower than four in ODIs yet, unless he changes his game over his career,” Agarkar included.

Ajit Agarkar said that the selectors may have some huge choices to take after the end of the ODI series with respect to the eventual fate of the Indian team in limited overs cricket.

“The selectors possibly need to take a call at where the Indian team is heading in light of the fact that Virat Kohli has done well as skipper in Test cricket so perhaps the selectors need to decide after this series,” Ajit Agarkar said.

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