Overseas Test Record
Team India has a horrible overseas Test record when it comes to bigger teams. The giants from the sub-continent were badly beaten in England and Australia when they last visited these nations. MS Dhoni would be hoping to register famous Test series victories at these difficult places in order to prove his captaincy calibre before he calls it a day.
2015 World Cup
It is not Dhoni's fault but India won the 2011 World Cup riding on the players who were groomed by Sourav Ganguly. Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh made it big in international cricket because of the support they had from their first captain Sourav Ganguly. They were taught about the dos and don'ts of cricket by Ganguly. However, things have changed. Sehwag and Zaheer are no more part of the Indian setup while Yuvraj Singh is the only one among the three who is certain of playing in the 2015 World Cup. This means that MS Dhoni would be having his own groomed team for the upcoming show piece event in Australia. He won the last edition of the Champions Trophy with his young team and would be hoping they click once more in 2015. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Virat Kohli Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin are the players who have achieved success under the reigns of MS Dhoni and they would be determine to provide MS Dhoni a feat which he certainly deserve.
Grooming a Successor
It is the duty of the captain to groom his successor so that there is no leadership crisis once he retires from the game. In India's scenario, MS Dhoni has given his backing to Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli was seen a captaincy material for the senior team after he led Under 19 Indian cricket team to World Cup glory. However, his behavioral issues and habit of getting in unwanted controversies could break his dream. He gets too aggressive if any player commits some mistake while batting, bowling and fielding. We have seen him scolding players on the field under his captaincy for the Indian team as well as for his state team Delhi. This could cause problem between him and other team mates. A captain has to be careful and calm in approach when it comes to on-field happenings and should speak to players after the match that too in a dressing room. MS Dhoni has never spoken harshly to any of his player and this is one of the reasons why he is so successful. Even if something goes wrong with Virat, Team India has other readymade options. Suresh Raina is pretty much like Dhoni when it comes to captaincy.