Johannesburg: Indian captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell must provide a strong leadership if India is to come out of the current slump, says former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels.

Wessels said Dravid must "make his own decisions" and lead from the front during the gruelling tour comprising five one-dayers and three Tests.

"It would take a very strong leadership. Dravid would have to lead from the front and make his own decisions. It's important he shows the team the way to follow," said Wessels, a former Australian international who later returned to his roots to represent South Africa in 16 Tests.

"I think world cricket today places enormous pressure on the captain. If you get prepared to take the job then you got to do it. It's not easy, but it's certainly your choice.

"It's up to you, whether you choose to do it or you choose not to do it. If you accept the job then there is a lot of pressure which goes with the job," he said.

Wessels said Chappell also must be feeling the pressure in the wake of the recent reversals in the shorter version of the game.

Little doubt

Wessels had little doubt that it would be the flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni who would be the marked man for the fiery home speedsters.

"They would intimidate and come hard at him. They would absolutely target him, there is no question about it."

Dhoni is being seen as a specialist batsman by the Indians on this tour and would bat in the top order in one-day internationals as indicated by Dravid.

Also, it appears the Indians intend to make better use of his explosive ability than what they have been doing till recently.


Wessels said though the present South African pacemen were not as quick as their predecessors, they would still be more than handful for the Indian batsmen.

The likes of Makhaya Ntini (274), Shaun Pollock (395), Jacques Kallis (200) and Andre Nel (84) have picked up 953 wickets among them in a combined stint of 296 Tests.

"Their pace might have slowed up, but they seem to bowl well on these sort of surfaces. There is enough in it for them. There is bounce. They know where to bowl and what line and length to stick to in these conditions," Wessels said. PTI

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