Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhonia has said that he may quit Test cricket if he is to play in the 2015 World Cup.
The schedule for his decision, he claims, would not be before the end of 2013.
Dhoni took over as skipper of his national side’s one day and Twenty20 teams in 2007 and added the Test captaincy in 2008. If he would be to drop one role from his resume, it has been speculated that it would be the longer form of the game.
"If I have to see through the 2015 World Cup, I would have to retire from one of the formats," Dhoni said.
"It's too early right now. I am not that old. I am just 30. There is still time. We will see by 2013, and by 2013, I mean the end of 2013."
By 2013, Dhoni would be 32 years and 33 when the 2015 World Cup is due to begin in Australia and New Zealand, although he admitted he wasn’t certain of making it to the quadrennial event.
“That's something I need to see,” he said. “I will take it as the time comes. What I really meant was by 2013, I would have to see where I stand when it comes to my body, whether I will be able to survive until the 2015 World Cup. Of course form is a factor.
“Also, what I need to see is, if I play till 2014 and all of a sudden say I can't survive till the World Cup, then all of a sudden you have a new wicketkeeper coming in who has not played more than 30 international games.
“So by end of 2013 I need to decide if I am fit enough to proceed in one of the formats. It's not personal interest. What I want is an individual who, if he is taking my place, should have played at least 60 to 100 ODIs before he goes into the World Cup. It's what my personal thinking is. We will see accordingly. Lots of time before that.”
The Indian team is currently 2-0 down in the Test series in Australia. The third Test begins in Perth on Friday.