A captain loses respect if he doesn`t perform

Updated: Aug 04, 2011, 17:55 PM IST

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will need to play well in order to keep respect that he commands from his teammates intact, feels former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.

The legendary opener who is here as a commentator also feels that a captain do himself a world of good if he addresses his batting and wicketkeeping problems at the earliest for his team`s sake.

"The moment the captain`s performance starts to fall down, that`s when he starts losing command and respect in the dressing room and that`s where he needs to look at not just his batting but also his keeping," Gavaskar said.

Dhoni`s poor captaincy, shoddy glovework and atrocious batting has been one of the primary reason for India`s disastrous show during the first two Test matches.

Dhoni has so far scored 49 runs in the four innings so far with a highest score of 28 and an average of 12.50.

The worst part has been his keeping as on innumerable occasions he has failed to cleanly gather regulation balls.

PTI