5 reasons why Dhoni should give up T20 captaincy

After recent exit from World T20 in Sri Lanka by India, time has certainly come to review Dhoni’s status as T20 Captain looking at the future  

1.      Need to develop new leadership:

India must start developing new leadership which can eventually take the responsibility from M.S. Dhoni in next 2-3 years time. T20 is the shortest form of the game and can be used by Indian team management to groom new younger leaders such as Virat Kohli.
Many leading cricketing nations such as England, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan are implementing these strategies.

2.      Failure to make Semi-Finals in last 3 editions of T20:
Although India won the inaugural edition of T20 World Cup by defeating arch rivals Pakistan in the finals, it had not performed well since then.
In the last three editions of the tournaments, India could not make it to the semi finals under Dhoni’s captaincy.
3.      Dhoni’s age and heavy workload:

Dhoni is 31 years old now. The age factor is certainly started playing on him more so because he has to perform dual role of wicket keeping and captaincy on the field. Looking at the fact Dhoni could play cricket for next 4-5 years at least, India must start managing him well to prolong his career.

4.      Dhoni as batsman is not utilized wisely by Dhoni as a captain:

Due to extensive load of captaincy on Dhoni, he is utilizing “Batsman Dhoni” effectively and efficiently. He is certainly far better batsman to come at No.7 behind players like Raina, Rohit Sharma or Irfan Pathan.

If Dhoni is relieved from captaincy then he can completely focus on his batting which could benefit India in T20 version of the game.

Currently, Dhoni has a strike rate of just 109.58 in T20 format which is far below his true potential.

5.      Dhoni is really precious for India:

The players like Dhoni are extremely precious for India cricket team. He has been serving Indian team for last eight years as batsman and wicketkeeper in all formats of the game. Also, for the larger part he has been captain of the team in all three formats.
Considering his contribution for Indian cricket we must avoid burn out due to excessive stress on him.

If he is relieved from T20 captaincy, then Dhoni can focus more on longer formats such as ODI’s and tests which can enhance India’s performance in the future.


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  2. there are many more reasons...which i cannot state for obvious reasons (as i don't want to fall amidst the mud of his acrimony and be the center of attack for all his well wisher)...why he should not lead Team India in any of the format...but i strongly feel if India want to gain their lost pride...Dhoni should step down from Tests as well as T20s if not ODI's