MS Dhoni leading India in World Cup 2019 would be 'very surprising': Sourav Ganguly

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New Delhi, May 11: At a time when his critics are talking about Team India's limited overs skipper MS Dhoni's retirement, former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels there is no reason for Captain Cool to quit though he doubts if MSD will be able to lead India in World Cup 2019.

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"Every cricket team in the world plans their future. But my question to the selectors is three-fours years down the line, do they see MS Dhoni as captain of India? Dhoni has been fantastic in the way he has gone about his job as captain, but does he have the ability in next four years to see India into the World in 2019," Ganguly told India Today.

MS Dhoni leading India in World Cup 2019 would be 'very surprising': Sourav Ganguly

Ganguly felt there is still a lot of cricket left in the 34-year-old Indian captain and he has a lot to contribute towards Indian cricket in limited overs.

"I am not saying he needs to quit cricket, I feel he should continue to play in the shorter formats of the game. India still need him in the limited-overs cricket," he concluded.

Ganguly believes 13 years, if he continues leading the Indian side in the next world cup, may just be too much as a skipper for Dhoni.

(Nobody is perfect, but MS Dhoni has been great as a captain: Sourav Ganguly)

"Dhoni has been captain for nine years, which is a long period. Does he have it in him to go for another four years? He has already given up Test cricket and now plays only ODIs and T20s," Ganguly said.

Dhoni has captained the Indian side twice in the World Cup (2011 and 2015) while former skipper Mohd Azharuddin is the only Indian to have led the side in three world cups (1992, 1996 & 1999).

The prince of Kolkata also praised India's swashbuckling batter Virat Kohli and the kind of form he is in every format of the game. The left-handed batter praised Kohli's mental and physical toughness.


"Virat Kohli is getting better every time. He is probably the best in the world in terms of consistency. His mental energy, tenacity is unreal. His attitude on the field is superb. His record as Test captain has been good. So the selectors need to find an answer to whether they see Dhoni leading India in 2019? If the answer is no, then find a new captain. If the answer is yes, which I will find very very surprising, Dhoni continues," he said.

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