I’m beginning to lose count and will admit that I’m confusing ODIs and Tests – but lets see now … India’s list of vice captains in the not so recent past – Sachin, VVS, Sehwag, Yuvraj and in the Bangladesh series – Nobody. Somewhere Kumble and Ganguly felt good about it for a session or two when the captain left the field too. So that adds up to about 5 give or take an ego.
And now, we’ve named a sixth. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be Dravid’s deputy into the Ireland tri-series. In Ireland ? With the South Africa games as the real series?
What of Dhoni’s record / reputation of being good only in “our conditions” ? A simple (simplistic?) statsguru search says thats a bit iffy :
Dhoni in ODIs is 66 innings, 2288 runs, 3 100s, 13 50s, 47.66 avg.
Playing away its 23 innings, 751 runs, no 100s, 7 50s, 46.93 avg.
Not great but certainly not starkly atrocious like the reputation suggests. However, like the Sidhuism goes about stats and miniskirts …
A few months ago, remember reading this nice piece by Mukul Kesavan on the Dhoni phenomenon. That was while we were still nursing the WC07 dream. Now, with that dream gone to dust (pinch me & maybe Gilchrist is his hero but he walked on the Murali LBW?!) , and Dinesh Karthik challenging nicely for the Test spot, this decision is a big vote of confidence. And it’s going to keep the pressure on DK to keep the momentum of his performance right up there.
But to me, more than anything else, it probably signifies that India’s taking the Twenty/20 World Cup later in the year a bit seriously. The older legs are not part of that plan and justifiably so and Dhoni will lead us there. Not Yuvraj.
And yes, I am assuming a vision from the BCCI.