Make Laxman Test captain, Dhoni one-day skipper: Ian Chappell

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New Delhi, Sep 15 (UNI) Australian batting great Ian Chappell has floated the idea of splitting captaincy of the Indian cricket team with VVS Laxman taking over the reins of Test matches, while giving Mahendra Singh Dhoni the charge of the one-day side.

''Because there is no obvious successor, the selectors may think about splitting the captaincy as a short-term solution.

On that basis, VVS Laxman would make a good Test captain; it may just be the confidence boost his batting needs, and it would give the selectors time to find a long-term, full-time captain.

''Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been earmarked for future leadership and the one-day captaincy would be a good way to test his mettle,'' the former Australia captain, who was considered as one the most astute captains of his era, said.

Chappell also supported the sudden decision of Rahul Dravid to step down from the captaincy and praised the Karnataka batsman for choosing a right time to relinquish the charge.

''I'm not surprised (by Dravid's decision), because Dravid is the kind of person who puts his heart and soul into any job he tackles. When you do that, especially in a country where a billion people think they can do the job better or at least as well, it can wear you down mentally.

''As is the case with retirement for a regular player, for a captain, it is better to resign when people are asking, 'Why did you?' rather than 'Why don't you?' Dravid certainly achieved that aim, having just completed a memorable Test series win over England and then pushing the hosts to the limit in the seven-match one-day international series.

''Dravid is a man of great integrity and if he feels he's no longer capable of doing the job to his satisfaction and in a manner that will serve India best, he is not going to keep doing it for any kudos that may come his way,'' Chappell wrote in his column for Cricinfo.

''It may also have been that captaining a side containing one superstar and a number of high-profile players wasn't conducive to Dravid always doing what his instincts told him was best to claim victory. Dravid is a strong and honest character but he is more inclined towards consensus than confrontation.

''He won't be remembered as the best Indian captain but he'll be recalled as one who left the job with his dignity intact,'' Chappell added.

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