Mumbai: The Indian cricket team isn’t short of leaders. Although Virat Kohli remains the primary captain across all formats, the team management has passed on the responsibility to Rohit Sharma when the workload of the former needs to be managed on numerous occasions.
Despite stepping down from captaincy a couple of years ago, MS Dhoni’s value to the side remains unparalleled given the inputs he provides along with guiding youngsters.
Dinesh Karthik, who has played a fair share of games under the trio pointed out the key differences in their captaincy styles.
“MS is very instinctive as a skipper. He takes a lot of decisions on the field in the spur of the moment. Virat on the other hand, is very aggressive, likes to take on the opposition. He is immensely self-confident and has consistently kept raising the bar, as a batter and a leader. And then there is Rohit. He always does his homework, is very strategic, very hands-on. Keeps going and speaking with his bowlers, has a word with the batters too. He is very thorough in his approach as a captain,” Karthik was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman, who has cemented his place in the limited overs set-up for the Men in Blue also spoke about learning from MS Dhoni.
“See one of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt from MS is to identify bowlers. There will be bowlers who will be having a good day, so it is important to give them their due. At the same time, you have put pressure on other bowlers who are not having an entirely good outing. The ability of MS to absorb pressure and then come out triumphs is amazing, a trait I’ve tried to inculcate,” he revealed.
“When it comes to keeping, well, isn’t he unbelievable? Some of the stumpings he pulls off are stunning, to say the least. I don’t think it is easily replicable, it is one of the kind. Look at his head position, his balance, all these technical things are so perfect, and there is so much to learn,” Karthik concluded....