New Delhi: Beleaguered skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was put on notice by his predecessors on Wednesday after India suffered yet another away series defeat, with one of them calling his leadership “obnoxious”. The 1-0 loss to New Zealand on Tuesday was India’s fourth consecutive series defeat abroad and followed a 4-0 drubbing for Dhoni’s World Cup champions in the preceding one-dayers.
India have now lost 10 of their last 12 Tests abroad — the other two were drawn — a record that included two successive 4-0 whitewashes in England and Australia.
As the media trained its guns on Dhoni, former captain Sourav Ganguly said his Test captaincy was “obnoxious”, while Rahul Dravid hinted his strategy was too timid to win in the five-day format.
Both, however, wanted him to remain Test skipper until next year’s 50 over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, while another ex-captain Sunil Gavaskar stressed that a leader was only as good as his team. “If the World Cup was not less than a year away, I would have agreed that Dhoni needed to be removed as captain,” Ganguly told a private news channel.