Nobody doubts Indian captain MS Dhoni in the shorter formats of the game. He has too many achievements for one to have a debate. However when it comes to Tests, then there are a truckload of critics.
A look at three myths when it comes to the 5-day format…
1. Dhoni doesn't merit a place in the Test team.
First things first: Dhoni entered the Test team on the basis of his wicket-keeping abilities and as long as he is doing that job well, there is no question of ever dropping him from the playing 11. For quite some time now Syed Kirmani had India's wicket-keeping record with 198 dismissals in 85 matches.
Kiran More came close with 130 dismissals in 49 matches. Dhoni has a healthy 272 dismissals in 85 matches and he could well end his career with 400 if his form and fitness stays. Kirmani had 1.3 dismissals per innings and More had 1.4. That way Dhoni is ahead with 1.7 dismissals per innings.
In the current England series, he has 12 dismissals in 2 matches. He has proved to be much better than all the wicket-keepers tried in the last 15-odd years.
In Image: India's wicket keeper MS Dhoni, left, tries to stop a ball played by England's Gary Ballance, right, during the fourth day of the second test match between England and India.