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‘Dhoni’s got to risk it all’

Wellington: Former India captain Rahul Dravid has backed Mahendra Singh Dhoni to stay on as Test captain for at least another year, but added that he would need to take a “few risks” to win 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 was quoted as saying by a cricket-specific website.

Dravid said that Dhoni’s captaincy has been defensive in critical situations. “I think he (Dhoni) doesn’t trust his bowling attack as much as I think he should. I saw that even in the Test match in Durban... In fact, he took the new ball only when he was forced to take the new ball.

“He sort of 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. It is a slightly defensive mindset that he’s got into,” he said.

India ended the ignominious tour of New Zealand by drawing the final Test and losing the two-match series 1-0.

Asked if the selectors should continue with him, Dravid replied: “In Tests, I always saw these four-Test tours as Dhoni’s opportunity to redeem what has been a pretty poor overseas record for him.

“I think he deserves the right, the chance to play out this year, and assess it at the end of the series against Australia.”