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Dhoni should continue leading India: Akram

Posted on Dec 13, 06:17PM | IBNS

Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram believes that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the right person to lead India but advised him to be more flexible in his tactics.

"I am positive that Dhoni is the right choice to remain as captain, but he has to be more flexible in his tactics. You cannot throw the ball to a novice like Ravichandran Ashwin, like Dhoni did in Kolkata, and expect him to produce miracles," said Akram.

"If the team management feels that a policy of split-captaincy would release the pressure on Dhoni, then maybe there is a need for change. But personally I would still have Dhoni over next-in-line Virat Kohli, who is too young to lead Team India."

Akram feels that India are running out of ideas when they face tough situations.

"India and Dhoni, in particular, are lacking a Plan B when situations get tough, where they have seemed content in containing rather than attacking," Akram wrote in his column on ESPNStar.com.

Akram also feels that it was a right decision by the Indian selectors to dropsenior pacer Zaheer Khan from the fourth Test against England.

"The on-going transition within the Indian squad has seen pace spearhead Zaheer Khan axed from the side after picking up just four wickets in three Tests versus England so far. Despite skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni publicly backing Zaheer, saying he was bowling in the right areas, it has been his alarming lack of pace that has left the English batsmen untroubled.

"It seems to me that Zaheer's main problem stems from his fitness levels. His run-up is slow and lethargic while his follow-through is almost non-existent. Zaheer's stock delivery is the reverse-swinging one, but for it to be effective he will have to run-in a lot faster. He is 34 years old and not getting any younger," he said.

Akram also had words of praise for the English side, especially their captain Alastair Cook.

"Their skipper Alastair Cook has led from the front, showing tremendous temperament at the Test level, that someone like Kohli should learn from.

"Credit must also be given to their bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed whose tips have helped English bowlers make optimum use of the SG ball, especially when it comes to reverse-swing. The chips are seemingly down for the Indian side, with England favourites heading into Nagpur," he said.