An ex-Australian player analyzes Kohli and Dhoni’s captaincy styles


Modified Feb 23, 2022 1:09 PM IST

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MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli seamlessly transitioned to the captaincy in the Indian cricket team, while Rohit Sharma joined the leading group. As captains, each of the three figures has its own style. Dhoni, on the other hand, is known for his calm demeanor, whereas Kohli wears his heart on his sleeve. Moreover, Rohit offers players freedom as cool customers.

Shane Watson, the former Australian all-rounder who played under both Dhoni and Kohli in the Indian Premier League, studied the captaincy patterns of both cricketers. In 2020, Watson decided to retire from all forms of cricket. He was a member of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings. In addition, Watson highlighted Dhoni’s cool temperament and instincts as positive qualities for the team. ”His ability to make a team environment stress-free, his trust in his players, and his ability to make sure everyone is confident in their abilities have made Dhoni a great captain. Dhoni knows what works for him and for those around him. Moreover, he trusts players to do their research and to do what is required on the field,” Watson explained.

”He leads by example. Watching him closely lead the Mumbai Indians, he seems unfazed by any challenge. The man works tirelessly. Having captained a team like Mumbai under high pressure, he has experience leading teams as well. Mumbai has a lot to live up to in the IPL. Rohit is a fantastic batsman, and his skills make him an excellent captain,” Watson concluded.