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Kohli ready to replace MSD: Sunil Gavaskar

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar feels young Virat Kohli is the future of Indian cricket and is ready to take up the captaincy job from incumbent Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the aftermath of the series defeat against England. England broke the 28-year-old jinx on Monday by defeating India 2-1 in the four-Test series after the final match ended in a draw.

Gavaskar said it is time the selectors look to the future as Dhoni seemed out of sorts in this series. ‘Till the fourth day of this Test, I said there is no alternative to MS Dhoni, but now that Virat (Kohli) has come up with a 100 under trying circumstances, I think he has discovered a good part about himself. I think he is ready to take on the mantle,’ the former skipper told a TV news channel, adding, ‘I think this is something to be looked at in a positive manner because that’s where the future is.’

He also criticised the team for the humiliating defeat but Dhoni’s name came up for special mention for his ordinary and unaggressive captaincy in this series. ‘If India were looking for a win, they should have shown the intent by declaring at the overnight score. England batted exceedingly well but our bowlers were ineffective and our batters didn’t do as much as they were expected to do. It was a team failure,’ he said.
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