But soon this honeymoon ended with India’s humiliating defeat in England, followed by another debacle in Australia. The Indian side touched its low after they lost Test series against England on the home turf after 28 years.
Disputes among senior team members added to the woes.
Already under fire for the team’s poor performance, the recent humiliation against the arch-rival Pakistan is likely to put the last nail in Dhoni coffin. With former cricketers like Gavaskar and Kirti Azad having already expressed their views on separate captains for different formats, BCCI is likely to take tough call after this series.
If reports are to be believed, BCCI Chief N Srinivasan has already gave an ultimatum to Dhoni before Pakistan series but now, after series lost against Pakistan, it seems that Dhoni’s days are over as captain.
Virat Kohli is seen as a suitable replacement for Dhoni as skipper for ODIs and T20.
With bitter memories of series humiliation against England still fresh in our minds, the recent down of the Indian side has added to the fans’ and selectors anguish.
An insipid India produced a pathetic display as arch-rivals Pakistan spanked the hosts by 85 runs in the second cricket one-dayer to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series at the Eden Gardens.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday admitted that India will have to improve as a team after the hosts slumped to yet another series loss at home here on Thursday.
Even though Dhoni praised his bowlers for restricting Pakistan to 250, he came hard on India`s famed batting line-up which has been struggling for sometime now and has been largely responsible for the team`s forgettable results in recent times.
“I think the bowlers brought us back in the game. I think when we went in to bat, we lost too many wickets. In the last 30 overs we needed 180, and the key was to have wickets in hand but we never were in a position,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“Virat (Kohli) has scored runs for us, but one of the top three needs to be with the middle-order, that will make it easy. We have got the experience in the batting, it is about them coming back to form.
“Overall we have to improve as a team. We are a good fielding side, but we have to bowl well and develop,” he added.
Pakistan rode on Nasir Jamshed`s (106) second consecutive century in the series to post 250 all out and then shot out India for a paltry 165 to record a convincing victory with two overs to spare.