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Don't burden Dhoni: Ravi Shastri

The former skipper says burdening MS Dhoni with the Test captaincy would be asking for too much from the youngster.

cricket Updated: Nov 06, 2007 20:49 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have impressed with his leadership skills in the one-dayers but burdening him with the Test captaincy would be asking for too much from the youngster, feels former skipper Ravi Shastri.

The former all-rounder, who served as India's interim Cricket Manager during the Bangladesh tour, said Dhoni had proved his mettle as skipper but it was not the right time to anoint him Test captain.

"It will put him under a lot of pressure. In future he may do it but not at this moment. He has a lot of talent but I think he is not ready for this responsibility now," Shastri, also the Chairman of the National Cricket Academy, said in Mohali on Tuesday.

India have been without a Test captain since Rahul Dravid quit the post after the England tour and Sachin Tendulkar too has turned down the offer to lead the side.

Shastri advocated having separate captains for the Test and ODI teams.

Apart from Test captain, the Indian team is also without a full-time coach but Shastri, part of the Board's coach selection committee, said it would not be wise to rush the process.

"There is no need to rush things to get a coach. We need to pick the ideal person. We just can't take anybody and make him the coach. And the team is winning, so why the tension? "We'll wait for the right time and the right man for the job," he added.

First Published: Nov 06, 2007 20:16 IST