Australian media speculate future of senior Indian cricketers

September 25th, 2008 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Sep 25 (IANS) The Australian media has started speculating over the future of senior India cricketers, saying it is in a state of flux with national selectors and captain unsure whether they will retain their roles beyond the weekend.A report in the Daily Telegraph sees Test skipper Anil Kumble, 38 next month, under growing pressure from the supporters of his deputy Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 27, “to step aside and allow the playboy wicketkeeper to lead the team in all three forms of the game”.

The report goes on to say that Dhoni has impressed some officials with his deeds in the Twenty20 and the 50-overs game, but others are wary of over-burdening a man who had to sit out the entire mid-year Test series against Sri Lanka because of fatigue.

“The leg-spinning Kumble is an astute, humble and skilful cricketer who will have a major role to play in the battle for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

“The same attributes can’t always be said of the sometimes moody Dhoni, who is treated more like a Bollywood star than sportsman.”

Talking of Dhoni’s batting, the report points out that he can also be a batting hurricane but he failed to flatten Australia last summer, scoring just 141 runs at 17.62 while Kumble, the third-highest wicket-taker in Test history, responded with 20 scalps in an epic series.

“Dhoni would be put under enormous pressure if he was made Test skipper and, perhaps wisely, has this week tried to downplay suggestions to take over immediately.”

While this debate rages on, India’s five-man selection panel doesn’t know if it will be retained by the Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) when a new system is announced in Mumbai this weekend after the board’s annual general meeting.

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