Tendulkar first choice for captain

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/sachintendulkar_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Rahul Dravid's decision to step down as India Captain has put the BCCI in a bit of a catch 22 situation.

Updated: November 06, 2007 15:48 IST
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Rahul Dravid's decision to step down as India Captain has put the BCCI in a bit of a catch 22 situation and has created huge speculation over who will be India's next captain.

But if BCCI sources are to be believed, they have already spoken with Sachin Tendulkar who is their first choice.

Ultimately, it's the selectors and not the board who will take the final decision on captaincy and that is why their meeting on September 18 is critical to the future of Indian cricket.

Rahul Dravid's biggest achievement in his two years as Captain was no doubt winning the Test series in England.

Now a month later it seems like a distant memory with his resignation.

But it seems that even while the team was basking in the glory of its first Test series win in England in two decades, cracks were appearing in the wall, having made some serious decisions about his future as a leader.

"From the outlook I think what's frustrating him is the absence of coach. He has been doing everything and his batting has been suffering. That can be one of the reason for him to quit captaincy," said Aamir Sohail, Former Pakistan Captain.

Dravid may now get the opportunity to do just that. Sachin Tendulkar seems to be the favourite to occupy the position for a third time.

But one must remember that his previous two terms had ended for the very same reasons.

Personal form

Captaincy was affecting his personal form; nevertheless he still seems to be the number one choice.

"My option will be Sachin Tendulkar because he is already the Vice-Captain and I think it's too early too thrust Dhoni into big time Captaincy or Yuvraj. I think Dhoni or Yuvraj whoever is next in line has too be groomed," said Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Former India Captain.

Grooming maybe the best option. But the fact remains that this could be the opportunity to take Indian Cricket forward and start building for the future, which is why the name MS Dhoni comes to mind.

He's young, has been given the responsibility of the Twenty20 squad and is one for the future but is inexperienced in the ways of Indian Cricket.

"I think it's also important to see who is appointed Vice-Captain and if some like MS Dhoni is appointed Vice-Captain then I think he should take over because I expect him and most of us expect him to be playing for India for years to come and we need a bit of continuity," said Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Former India Captain.

Continuity is the key word for Indian Cricket but also building for the future.

It's a tough winter ahead with series' against Pakistan and Australia at home and then the trip down under before the proteas come calling again.

Sachin's had his injury problems over the last few years but given his experience and stature it seems that the Board will go to him first with the offer.

"You need a guy who is a certainty like your saying in the side. Tendulkar if he is keen to do Test matches, I am not too sure how keen he would be but if he is keen then what would happen one day before a Test match If Dravid is unfit Sachin would lead. It's a case like that now," said Ravi Shastri, Former India Captain.

Of course the issue at hand right now is not Test but one day captaincy.

However what move the BCCI makes to that respect on the 18th of this month will no doubt have a long term effect on Indian Cricket.

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