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India need strong leadership: Wessels

india Updated: Nov 19, 2006 17:09 IST

Indian captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell must provide a strong leadership if India are to come out of the current slump, according to former South African captain Kepler Wessels.

Wessels said Dravid must "make his own decisions" and lead from the front during the gruelling tour comprising five one-dayers and three Tests.

"It would take a very strong leadership. Dravid would have to lead from the front and make his own decisions. It's important he shows the team the way to follow," said Wessels, a former Australian international who later returned to his roots to represent South Africa in 16 Tests.

"I think world cricket today places enormous pressure on the captain. He plays for high stakes, he knows what to do. But if you get prepared to take the job then you got to do it. It's not easy, but it's certainly your choice.

"It's up to you, whether you choose to do it or you choose not to do it. If you accept the job then there is a lot of pressure which goes with the job," he said.

Wessels said Chappell must also be feeling the pressure in the wake of the recent reversals in the shorter version of the game.

"I am sure Greg (Chappell) would be feeling the pressure as well because they didn't do well in the Champions Trophy," he said.

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