Captain Kohli?

Captain Kohli?

In the aftermath of India's capitulation in the World Twenty20 final in Bangladesh, following their dismal showing in New Zealand and South Africa a month before, there is a case for the captain to be replaced.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni did fairly well though, given that the team went into the tournament with nine losses and three wins in 14 matches in the shorter formats of cricket since Dec 5, to guide them to five straight wins till they ran into Sri Lanka in Dhaka on April 6.

The 32-year-old marshalled his resources creditably, knowing that the spinners will come good on the slow turners. Win the toss and bowl was his mantra, and it worked superbly as the batsmen found it easy to achieve the targets.

But he failed miserably when it came to the crunch: Allowing sentiment to rule over logic.

It was apparent to anyone watching India progress at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium that Yuvraj Singh was woefully out of form.

The 33-year-old left-hander was instrumental in India winning the World T20 in 2007 and the World Cup in 2011 but he seemed to play from memory as his confidence deserted him.

Yet, Dhoni sent him at No. 4 when India needed to up the tempo in the final. It was painful to see a champion struggle, but the captain should have done much better in reading the situation and throwing himself or Suresh Raina much earlier into the fray.

It is this tendency of Dhoni's to sit back and let matters drift that is proving detrimental to India performing consistently, especially in Tests. He has become prone to conservatism and status quo when these were alien to his nature at the beginning of his captaincy tenure.

Undoubtedly, he is a shrewd captain. But in recent years he has preferred not to take on the opposition head on, leaving India suffering heavy defeats in England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. In Indian conditions, he is still the king, but the fizz has gone out of his captaincy, batting and wicket-keeping.

He should ideally be batting at No. 4 in T20s and ODIs as he can belt the ball, yet he promotes less naturally-endowed players up the order. His mind also seems to be preoccupied with the match-fixing scandal in which his Indian Premier League outfit Chennai Super Kings are embroiled.

Who better to replace him? The Man of the Moment, of course. And why not Virat Kohli?

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