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    Could India cope with Dhoni's Test exit?

    MS Dhoni said that he could quit Test cricket in 2013 to focus on the 2015 World Cup.

    MS Dhoni said that he could quit Test cricket in 2013 to focus on the 2015 World Cup.

    Having borne the brunt of a prolonged stint as captain of Team India finally took its toll on MS Dhoni who made it public on Thursday that he has probably had enough; stating that he could quit Test cricket in order to focus his energies on the 2015 World Cup.

    With the sword hanging over his head after India's miserable overseas performances in the last few months, could it be perceived as a wise and beneficial move for Dhoni under whose leadership the visitors prepare to face the Aussies in the third Test of the series at Perth on Friday.

    The timing of the revelation however would have to be questioned as the Indians attempt to rise from the ashes of a 2-0 deficit in the four-match series, and avoid a repetition of the ordeal suffered in England when they were wiped out 4-0.

    But where exactly would Indian cricket be if Dhoni did hang up his boots some time next year, or would it make a world of difference either way, considering that the world champions have at times given the impression of being rather disinterested when the opposition has held the upper hand.

    What was believed to be India's best opportunity for their maiden series triumph in Australia is now being viewed as another clean sweep in the making for Dhoni's men, who have so far done little to prove that their disastrous tour of England was a one-off.

    It is not as if the Indians are flooded with choices when it comes to finding Dhoni's successor in the five-day format.

    Gautam Gambhir who was completely at sea with the bat before the second innings of the Sydney Test seems to be the most appropriate choice, more so by default than any other reason.

    However, if Dhoni does decide to call it a day (in Tests), he would just have followed the procession of big names who have gone for the easier option to prolong their one-day and Twenty20 careers, and the financial gain that will be brought about by it.

    Maybe that's the reason that Test defeats on away tours don't hurt as much for Team India members; it's not just the priorities that have changed, the goalposts have been shifted as well.