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‘We must stop debate over captaincy’

‘We must stop debate over captaincy’
There has been a debate over India's captaincy in the wake of Kohli's bold approach in the lost first Test against Australia in Adelaide. Former Australian captains Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor felt that it was time that Kohli takes over from Dhoni.

However, Gavaskar thinks otherwise. “We must not create a controversy about who should be the captain as the selectors have clearly named Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the captain for the series. Virat Kohli was the stand-in captain and there is no debate about Dhoni being the captain in the remaining three Test matches,” Gavaskar told a news channel on Monday.

“We should not create issues for Dhoni but we should be happy that Kohli has improved as captain. We are creating a question as it suits everybody,” Gavaskar added. While lauding Kohli for his aggressive approach, the legendary opener feels that leadership is something where caution should be blended with aggression.

“I am absolutely in favour of being an aggressive captain. But it should also be tempered with a little bit of prudence. I can tell you the most defensive captains also wants to win a Test match. Only when they can't win do they look for a draw. Because if you draw a Test, then you have a chance of a comeback. I personally feel once Rohit Sharma got out, there should have been a good mix of caution with aggression,” said Gavaskar.

Gavaskar was not ready to answer a “hypothetical question” on whether Dhoni’s presence as a captain would have made it different.
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