Ganguly, one of India's most successful captains, said had the 50-over World Cup not been just one year away, he would have called for Dhoni's removal from captaincy. (Agencies)
"His (Dhoni's) Test captaincy has been obnoxious. But changing captains now will unsettle the team. His place is not in doubt in Test cricket, but Dhoni needs to set the overseas record right," Ganguly said.
"If the World Cup was not less than a year away, I would have agreed that Dhoni needed to be removed as captain," Ganguly said.
India suffered their fourth successive Test series defeat abroad after their 0-1 loss to New Zealand in the two-match rubber which concluded yesterday. India have now lost 10 of their last 12 Tests abroad -- the other two were drawn – a record that included two successive 0-4 whitewashes in England and Australia.
Dhoni's reputation as India captain has been severely dented and his defensive tactics at crucial junctures first in South Africa and then in New Zealand have drawn flak from experts though he continued to harp on the "positives".
Overseas, Dhoni has captained India in 23 Tests, of which they have won five, lost 11 and drawn seven. At home, his record is much better - 21 wins, three defeats and six draws.
Another former captain Rahul Dravid agreed with the perception that Dhoni was a defensive captain, saying he needed to take risks if he wanted to win Test matches abroad.
"I think he (Dhoni) has got to realise this very quickly, that if he wants to win Test matches abroad, he's got to risk it all. He's got to take that chance that he's going to have to lose some Test matches. The only way you can win abroad is to take a few risks, take a few gambles," Dravid was quoted as saying.
Ganguly, one of India's most successful captains, said had the 50-over World Cup not been just one year away, he would have called for Dhoni's removal from captaincy.