MS Dhoni carried an aura with him for most of his captaincy having led India to a T20 World Cup and ODI World Cup and the number one test team ranking, making him the most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket.
Captain marvel retired from test cricket a little over a year ago to concentrate on ODIs and T20s but his record as a captain and as a batsman has declined during the last couple of years. Dhoni knew when he led the team down under that he had to come back with a series win in order to prove that he still has the Midas touch or be prepared for a lot of criticism.
India lost the first three ODIs in a row and went on to concede the series on the 17th of Jan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. India played well with the bat on all three occasions but their bowling and fielding let them down and in doing so has placed the skipper’s future under a cloud.
Dhoni is no longer the best finisher in the game nor does he have the same power and confidence to take on the bowlers and clear the ropes at will. There are many who believe that test captain Virat Kohli is ready to take on the responsibility of being the ODI captain and this series loss down under has not been well received by Indian fans back home.
Dhoni’s place in the Indian team is now being justified by his past accomplishments and the reputation he has built over the years; it’s not based on his current form or his record during the last couple of years. Dhoni is now at the end of his career and will clearly not being leading the side to the next ODI world cup, so it might be time for the selectors to make a decision on his future in the side.
In a statement, MS Dhoni said “It’s not about the leader. I’m there [now], somebody else will come later. What is more important is to see the areas we are lacking in, the departments which have to improve when it comes to shorter formats.”
There are still two matches left in the series and Dhoni will want to win both those matches to silence his critics and prove that he still has what it takes to lead the side. A 5-0 whitewash would most certainly be the end of MS Dhoni as ODI captain.