Dhoni must take risks: Rahul Dravid
Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid feels that captain MS Dhoni should take 'few risks' to win Test matches abroad.
"I think he's got to realise this very quickly, that if he wants to win Test matches abroad, he's got to risk it all. He's got to take that chance that he's going to have to lose some Test matches. The only way you can win abroad is to take a few risks, take a few gambles." Dravid told ESPNcricinfo after the second Test between India and New Zealand in Wellington which ended in a draw.
Dravid feels that the Indian skipper does not trust his bowlers much.
"I think he [Dhoni] doesn't trust his bowling attack as much as I think he should," he said.
"I saw that even in the Test match in Durban, where he didn't take the new ball till 146 overs. In fact he was forced to take the new ball. He didn't trust his fast bowlers to be able to take wickets. He kept playing with the older ball because he wanted to control the runs. So I think that is a slightly defensive mindset that he's got into," Dravid said.
Dravid, however, backed the Indian skipper and said he should get the chance to set his overseas records in Test matches correct.
"Let's presume that Dhoni is going to be India's one-day captain and take India into that World Cup. I think he's earned the right to do that," Dravid saod.
"In Test matches, I always saw these four Test [tours] as Dhoni's opportunity to redeem what has been a pretty poor overseas record for him as captain. He's achieved everything else. He's won one-day tournaments, he's won a World Cup, Champions Trophy, he's taken India to No. 1, he has a great record in India, [he] just hasn't had the results outside of India. And I think he deserves the right, the chance to play out this year, and assess it at the end of the Australian series. End of that series, we'll really know where Indian cricket stands and where Dhoni stands, both as a player and as a captain," he said.
The former Indian skipper and wicket-keeper said: "But so far, look, there have been a few disappointments in the way he's not been able to win, I guess, two Test matches in the last four, [having] been in really really strong positions, but look, you can't always blame him. It also comes down to the quality of bowling attack that he has, and yes, so I'd like him to have an opportunity to be able to correct that poor overseas record."
The second Test between India and New Zealand ended in a draw. The series however was clinched by the hosts.
(Posted on 19-02-2014)