Akram roots for Gambhir

New Delhi: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has said in-form Virat Kohli should not be rushed into Indian captaincy but advised Mahendra Singh Dhoni to relieve himself of the burden of leading the side in at least one of the three formats.

"As far as blooding young Virat Kohli as a captain in smaller formats is concerned, I think that should just wait. The guy is in the form of his life. He has been India's most consistent batsman over the past 18 months or so," Akram said.

Coming back to Dhoni, Akram believed quitting leadership responsibility in one format would help the 31-year-old to focus and enjoy the game more. "I am not surprised that questions are being raised about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership skills after India failed to reach the semis of the World T20 for the third time in a row.

As far as Gautam Gambhir was concerned, Akram hoped the out-of-form batsman would turn things around while leading the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League T20.

"If you take my team, Kolkata Knight Riders, Gautam Gambhir will like to put the disappointments of the ICC World T20 behind him quickly. I hope our skipper can turn it around.

"Gambhir needs matches to get his confidence back, and my gut feeling is that the responsibility of leading the side will bring the best out of him. He will play a vital role for KKR and I back him to do well in spite of seamer-friendly conditions in South Africa."

(Agencies)