Hours after India's series defeat, Dhoni had said at the post match press conference that he was willing to step down as captain and contribute as a player if it guaranteed success for Indian cricket.

"I am really enjoying my cricket... if it is justifiable if you remove me (as captain) and the Indian cricket will start doing well, and if I am the reason for all the bad that's happening to Indian cricket, definitely I would love to step away and play as a player," Dhoni said at the press conference in Mirpur.

"I am always the one who is responsible for anything bad that happens in Indian cricket. Everything that happens is because of me. Even the Bangladesh media is smiling," he said.

But, several former Indian cricketers put their weight behind the beleaguered Dhoni and said that he should continue as captain of the ODI team.

Former Indian captains like Bishan Singh Bedi, Dilip Vengsarkar and Ajit Wadekar and players like Chetan Chauhan, Chandu Borde, Syed Kirmani and Kiran More strongly backed Dhoni, saying that there was no need to press the panic button and he is the best bet till the 2016 World T20.

"I don't think Dhoni should be replaced. He recently led India to the WC semifinals and this series is the first series after that. He should continue as captain," Vengsarkar said.

Bedi, known for his forthright views on Indian cricket, did not want to single out Dhoni for the team's debacle in Bangladesh.

Wadekar said that Dhoni was still the best person to lead India in the ODIs and T20s. Former wicket-keeper Kirmani also backed Dhoni to continue as captain of the ODI team.

Chandu Borde said the Bangladesh series defeat was one off affair and Dhoni should continue as captain. Former opening batsman Chetan Chauhan said Dhoni is still a capable leader and there is no need for a change of leadership now.

Another former wicket-keeper Kiran More also threw his weight behind Dhoni to continue as captain, saying that the call for change of leadership was unnecessary. Former wicket-keeper Vijay Dahiya, on his part, said that any change in ODI captaincy at the moment was uncalled for.

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