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Dhoni not intelligent Test captain: Azhar

cricket Updated: Apr 14, 2012 01:44 IST
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Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin feels that current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lacks "a bit of intelligence" when it comes to leading the side in Tests and there should be different captains for three formats of the game.

"Dhoni has always been a good captain in ODIs and Twenty20s, but in Tests, he lacks a bit of intelligence. Maybe when it comes to taking instant on-field decisions," Azhar, who is here to lead the Indian MPs in a friendly match against British MPs, said. "I feel that he is suited for ODIs and T20s but not for Tests. I honestly believe that there should be three different captains for three formats.

"He is a good player. Maybe, when he doesn't have captaincy pressure on him, he might play differently. I think, it's very hard for anyone to say whether he is able to justify his place in the Test team or not, but since he is the captain, you have to respect that."

IPL not to blame
Azhar refused to blame the IPL for the youngsters developing faulty techniques and not putting enough emphasis on Tests. "It's not justified to blame T20 or for that matter the IPL for the decline in quality of youngsters in Tests. It should not serve as an excuse when you are not performing well. If you are a good player you should quickly adapt to different formats," he said.