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Should MS Dhoni Give Up One-Day and T20 Captaincy?

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With the World Cup over and the next T20 World Cup in India in 2016 still a while away, should India plan for the future with Virat Kohli as captain through all formats of the game?

With another four-year cycle to the next World Cup and as MS Dhoni is likely to be in his late 30s when the tournament roles around in England in 2019, should the BCCI make that change sooner rather than later as they look to mount a challenge to win another World Cup title?

There is little doubt that Dhoni has been a great servant to Indian cricket and there is still a place for one of India’s greatest players to still play the shorter format of the game up until the World Cup should his form continue but with Kohli now in charge of the test match side, do India need some fresh impetus in their captaincy to stop the side potentially going stale?

The appointment of Kohli as test captain puts the 26 year old in pole position to succeed Dhoni and with there being only a short series with Bangladesh coming up, putting his mark onto the side will make less of an impact. With India committed to playing more cricket of the shorter format the administrators at the BCCI should seriously think of appointing Kohli across each format.

Dhoni has been a successful captain for India and there is an argument that he deserves to go when he best sees fit. The wicket-keeper presided over their most recent World Cup success in his home country in 2011 and will naturally go down as a legend of the game and there is no need to look elsewhere for a wicket-keeper with Dhoni still deserving of his place in the side.

However 8 years as a cricket captain in the shorter format of the game can often lead to a feeling that change is needed and blooding Kohli now before next year’s T20 World Cup could work in India’s favour as they look to win another T20 crown, having not won one since the first staging of the tournament in 2007.

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