Dhoni and Kohli
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli attend a training session.Reuters

Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell has questioned Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy skills and insisted that Team India should appoint new skipper in the longer format of the game.

Chappell feels that Dhoni should leave Test captaincy and allow Virat Kohli to lead the team in whites. However, he insisted that Dhoni should continue leading India in the shorter versions of the game.

"I think it time for MS Dhoni to go and maybe it is right time for Kohli to come in as captain," Chappell said. "Certainly, he (Dhoni) is not a Test captain. I think he is a good captain in shorter-version of the game. I don't think there would be a problem to give it to Virat Kohli now, though."

Kohli, who captained the World Cup winning India Under-19 squad, also led the Indian team during a Zimbabwe tour in 2013. He is also a skipper of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisee Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Chappell feels that this is a right time to make Kohli the leader of India cricket team as he has a strong temperament and it is unlikely that he will be affected by the burden of captaincy.

"I don't think captaincy would affect Kohli adversely because he is a very strong character and is a confident cricketer," he said. "So he can work out (things) as a captain. At 27, you have got four to five years for a player to peak, and it is crucial to give the guy the captaincy."

"No good giving him captaincy at the age 32 to 33, when he is started to go over the top," he added. "You got to give him his best chance."

The 70-year-old questioned the inclusion of Stuart Binny in the playing XI for the first Test against England in Trent Bridge. Chappell insisted that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin should have played the match as he is a far better player than Binny.

"The selection was wrong," Chappell pointed out. "If you don't get selections right it is pretty hard to win. How can you leave Ashwin? Why did they pick Binny? Binny is not a bowler and he bats at number eight. Ashwin also can bat and far better bowler. Ashwin is far better bowler than Jadeja as well. So they have to sort that out."

Binny, however, ended with a match-saving fifty on the final day of the Test match, after getting out cheaply in the first innings. He couldn't do much with the ball and only delivered 10 overs in the match.