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Form deserting Gautam Gambhir?

Colombo: Few months back, Gautam Gambhir was considered as a captaincy material who can replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni but his patchy form across all formats has been a cause of concern for the Indian team.

He hasn't scored a century in the Tests for the past two years and now his form in T20s has also deserted him. A 80 runs from five matches meant that India never got the starts they desired as he only showed some stomach for fight in the match against England.

With the likes of Ajinkya Rahane knocking at the doors and the very talented Murali Vijay roaring back to form in the recently concluded Irani Trophy and Challenger Series, these are ominous signs for the left-hander from Delhi.

Irfan Pathan's performance has been sincere enough but with his mid-120's pace, even his swing is not able to save him from being hit.

Pathan's economy rate of over 8.5 is something that Indian team can't afford over a period of time.

Harbhajan Singh's case is also interesting. The senior off-spinner made a glorious comeback against England but dropping him against South Africa, who are susceptible to spin bowling, was a surprising decision. Had Harbhajan bowled in place of Rohit Sharma, who knows it could have been a different story.

Rohit has had one good innings against England but then someone who has got the highest number of chances in the history of Indian cricket (over 100 innings across two formats), one can't necessarily praise him for one odd good show after 20 flop shows.

The last but not the least is skipper Dhoni. His tendency to keep himself for the last three overs meant India were always short by 20 runs as he is India's best batsman in this format.

After five years, his captaincy also looks a bit jaded but as there are no likely options to replace him and his possible successor Virat Kohli still some years away from taking full responsibility, the wicket-keeper batsman is likely to remain in the hot seat for some more time.

(Agencies)

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