Dhoni, selectors have to decide India's future course now

It is important for India to set their goals now -- ahead of two tough series' against Australia and South Africa (at the end of the year).

FP Sports, Jan, 27 2013

The fifth ODI against England at Dharamsala is little more than a formality. The series is already decided. India's ranking in the ODI will remain at No.1 regardless of the result and that is why it is the perfect time for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the BCCI and the selectors to do some planning for the Tests as well.

It is important for India to set their goals now -- ahead of two tough series' against Australia and South Africa (at the end of the year). And then Dhoni can re-evaluate where India stand after them.

File photo of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Reuters

File photo of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Reuters

The goals have to be much more detailed than saying that we want to be No.1 in Tests too. Gary Kirsten did it early in his tenure and it helped the Indian team a great deal -- they achieved both their goals of becoming world number 1 in Tests and world champions in ODI cricket.

Senior sports writer Ayaz Memon believes that Dhoni has to play a huge role in the coming months in setting these goals.

"He should be sitting with the selectors and watching domestic cricket. And telling them exactly what he wants. The way I see it, India have problems with their opening slot (both openers are struggling), opening bowlers (too many injuries), spinners aren't a big problem but they haven't clicked in recent times. And also figure out how he wants to blood the youngsters," said Ayaz.

It is perhaps a lot to ask for but it needs to be done now.

Published Date: Jan 27, 2013 | Updated Date: Jan 27, 2013



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115