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Dhoni is an amazing captain: Rhodes
Wednesday 19 October 2011

Former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes believes that the split captaincy formula being practiced by other teams is not ideal for India.

"You just cannot make anyone captain because someone else is not able to do the job. To be a captain you need to have leadership skills. If (India captain Mahendra Singh) Dhoni wants rest, India can surely appoint someone else," Rhodes told PTI.

"They have cricketers like Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, who have done a good job leading the Kolkata Knight Riders and can step into his (Dhoni's) shoes," he added.

Rhodes, best known for his electric fielding at backward point, made it clear that his country and England have been forced to appoint different captains for different formats.

"Graeme Smith has stepped down from limited overs captaincy. A B De Villiers broke his finger, so Hashim Amla had to step in. Smith still feels he can play a true role in Test captaincy. Possibly De Villiers is going to be the next captain in Tests.

"England have three captains for three different formats.

Rhodes also felt that Dhoni was unfairly criticised after India's drubbing in England and said the Ranchi-born wicketkeeper-batsman's contribution to Indian cricket would be truly appreciated once he retires from the game.

"They (India) are 2-0 up in the (current ODI) series.

They are playing convincing cricket. For a captain, after being No 1 in Tests and winning the World Cup...I am not surprised that the man is exhausted," he said.

"(Former coach) Gary Kirsten has left and there is a slight shift in the balance of the team. (Incumbent) Duncan Fletcher is a good coach, (but) it takes a while for the balance to be restored."

The Mumbai Indians’ fielding coach reserved some kind words for India’s inspirational skipper, MS Dhoni.

"Dhoni got India to the No 1 position in the world. So where was the problem six months ago? I think he has been an amazing captain for India and when he leaves people will appreciate how good he was," he added.

Rhodes also said that excellent fielding in the first five overs of the World Cup final against Sri Lanka had swung the match in India's favour.

"I told Kohli after the final of the Champions League that the first few overs of the game was where I knew India had won. I know Dhoni batted beautifully but the fielding for the first five overs was great." he revealed.

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