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Being put to the Test

india Updated: Jun 04, 2012 21:21 IST

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Fresh after the Indian Premier League (IPL) win, Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir is, as expected, very upbeat. And, we certainly don't want to spoil his good mood. But, we wonder, if this confidence is for real or is he behaving like a child who has topped his class and now wants to lay his hands on an expensive gift? Accor-ding to news reports, the Delhi boy feels that he is ready to take over from the present captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, as the Indian Test captain. Of course, we have not missed the fact that Gambhir has an old score to settle with the supercool MSD. After a very public spat between Dhoni and Gambhir and Virender Sehwag during the disastrous Australia tour, the Indian selectors had ignored Gambhir and promoted Virat Kohli to the One-Day International vice-captaincy. Now after defeating the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL final, Gambhir thinks he has proved a point or two to Dhoni and the merry band of Indian selectors.

We cricket lovers are happy to know that our bench strength, even when it comes to captaincy, is phenomenal. We already have a decent captain in Dhoni though he is no doubt over-burdened and has also hinted that he is not averse to stepping down from Test captaincy. But Gambhir's over eagerness is disconcerting as well.

Someone should tell this fine India batsman that the team he captained so superbly has only won a club tournament, that too in Twenty20 (T20) format and that there is a slight difference between that and a full-fledged Test match that separates the boys from the men. Or is it that today T20 has become the benchmark for qualifying for India's captaincy? Meanwhile, a little bird tells us that after a period of lull under Dhoni's captaincy, expect some fireworks in the Indian team, like the old times. But sadly not the cricketing type.