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O captains! Our captains!

So as we welcome Dhoni at the dangerous helm of the dangerous boat, let’s all patiently wait for precious Tendulkar to make up his mind.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2007 23:03 IST

While cricket’s theologians continue to debate over the wisdom of having different captains for different forms of the game, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped into one pair of Rahul Dravid’s shoes. Dravid’s stepping down as both Test and One Day International captain was his decision to make — and it was only fair that the BCCI didn’t make a toodle-oo about it. The question was, with Sachin Tendulkar not jumping with joy when his name was suggested by the BCCI gents as captain, would India have two captains, thereby giving rise to the equation, 1 Dravid = 2 non-Dravid captains?

That leaves us with the other pair of Dravid’s now-empty shoes: India’s Test captaincy. The BCCI selectors don’t want to discuss who becomes Test captain just yet. Our mind, their mouths say, should be occupied with Dhoni leading the seven-ODI series against Australia this winter. Our man from Jharkhand is ideally suited for the 50-over (and 20-over game). But different formats of cricket do require different strategists and leaders. Australia and England have already split the leadership down this line. And if India can have two separate teams for Test matches and ODIs, it only stands to sense that the captains should be different.

So as we welcome Dhoni at the dangerous helm of the dangerous boat, let’s all patiently wait for precious Tendulkar to make up his mind. We wish the BCCI all the best in this endeavour while suggesting that they do have a Plan B ready.