Who is the better captain between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli: Jonty Rhodes compares the captaincy styles of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni- the two stalwarts of Indian Cricket, have been India’s indispensable force for quite some years now.The duo have immense respect for each other, and their healthy bonding paves way for the other players to express themselves the way they are, as was exclaimed by India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri, recently.
Kohli too, has always defended his former captain time and time again, lashing out at his critics, and praising him for the team man that he is, and has always been, in the real sense of the term.
Ahead of Cricket’s mega event- the ICC Cricket World Cup, a lot of talks, debates, and discussions have centered around both the key players, especially in relation to India’s chances of lifting the World Cup this year.
Kohli has been exceptional while leading India in One-Day Internationals. With a winning percentage of 72.06, Kohli has captained in 68 One-Dayers for India and has won 49 of them.
We want M S DHONI as Captain in ICC World cup 2019… It is not that we are against virat Kohli..Virat Kohli is also a great Captain…but I think M S DHONI as more experience and has a capability of reading the game.
— Sangeeta dhalan (@Sangeetadhalan) May 16, 2019
But, there have also been questions raised on Kohli’s captaincy especially after his repeated failures while captaining for his franchise (Royal Challengers Bangalore) in the IPL, and repeated success of Dhoni while captaining his franchise (Chennai Super Kings).
What did Jonty Rhodes say?
Adding on to the many discussions, the former South African cricketer and arguably one of the best fielders of all time, Jonty Rhodes, has also presented his views on the captaincy styles of the aforementioned.
Rhodes is of the opinion that while Dhoni controls the mental aspect of the game brilliantly, Kohli on the other hand, likes to force the issue and ‘impose his stamp on the game’.
“Dhoni’s example was of setting incredible standards on fitness and control mindset point of view. So there are different styles of leadership. Kohli’s style is to take things by the scruff of the neck and he likes to impose his stamp on the game,” Rhodes was quoted as saying by India Today.
Kohli and Dhoni, along with the IPL winning skipper and India’s vice-captain, Rohit Sharma will join hands and play under the ‘Men in Blue’ banner in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be played in England and Wales from May 30, 2019.
India will begin its campaign on June 5, 2019 where it will lock horns against the mighty South Africans at the Rose Bowl, in Southampton.