Dhoni, who won the 2007 World T20 as captain with a young India team
and retired from Tests in 2014, struggled to get going as India lost by
40 runs in the second T20I against New Zealand in Rajkot on Sunday.
Chasing a target of 197, the 36-year-old Dhoni joined current
captain Virat Kohli at the crease when hosts were 67/4 in the ninth
While Kohli was hitting boundaries at will, Dhoni was finding it difficult to get his timing and scored his first four
runs off five balls.
He was on eight after nine balls and took 18 balls to score 16, which
shifted the momentum in New Zealand's favour, the wicketkeeper
eventually finished with 49 but he got late boundaries when the game was
Former Indian batsman Laxman feels it would benefit India to
blood a young gloveman in the shortest format so that he could take over
from Dhoni after the 2019 World Cup.
Laxman said in a post-match show: "I still feel it's time for MS Dhoni to give youngsters a chance in T20 format.
"It will be an opportunity for a youngster to blossom and get
confidence playing international cricket. He is definitely an integral
part of ODI cricket."
Former seamer Agarkar feels now is the perfect time for the selectors
to make a change, saying Dhoni's experience is no longer needed in the
"I think India must now look at other
options, at least in T20Is. In one-day cricket, they seem to be happy
with the role that he is playing. When you were the captain of the side,
it was different," Agarkar told Cricinfo.
"But just as a batsman, will India miss him, I don't think so. In T20
cricket, it is lot easier to make that transition as there is lot of
experience in that team apart from MS Dhoni now."