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Dhoni ready for Test captaincy : Kirsten

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership qualities got a thumbs up from India's cricket coach Gary Kirsten who said the ODI skipper was now ready to take over the Test captaincy from Anil Kumble.

cricket Updated: Sep 02, 2008 20:54 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership qualities on Tuesday got a thumbs up from India's cricket coach Gary Kirsten who said the ODI skipper was now ready to take over the Test captaincy from Anil Kumble.

"He (Dhoni) is ready for it (Test captaincy) but there is no need to rush as of now. Anil has done an exceptional job, he is a great leader and he is toiling in many overs for India. He is prepared to do 30 overs in a day. But he is on the other side of the physical side of the game.

"MS is a great thinker. He has got fantastic skills in terms of understanding the situation. He is the best ODI batsman in the world. He plays in every situation really well. He is a very good keeper as well," Kirsten told NDTV.

Asked about Yuvraj Singh's prolonged poor run of form, Kirsten said this break would help him to make a strong comeback.

"You too go through that. They have an extended run of form, then confidence drops. They have a fear out there of going to bat. Sometimes the break does a world of good. They come back.

"I am hoping that this break does him a lot of good and that he can comeback really motivated and determined. We all want to see Yuvraj hitting the ball hard. He is as good as anyone," he said.