‘Next to the Prime Minister, the Indian captain is the most enviable job in the country’ says Bharat Arun;
Former Indian player Bharat Arun said that a player who can take the pressure on his shoulders has the quality of leading the team.
The reality that India only has two World Cup champion captains: Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni. However, this does not diminish the accomplishments of other leaders such as Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, and Virat Kohli.
Kohli, who just retired from all leadership duties, owns the record for most Test victories (40) as India’s Test captain. With 41 wins in T20Is and 110 in ODIs, Dhoni holds the same record in both white-ball formats.
Dhoni is the only captain in cricket history to win all three ICC competitions, having guided India to victories in the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa, the 2011 World Cup in India, and the 2013 Champions Trophy (England and Wales).
Dhoni’s successor Kohli never won an ICC title during his time in charge, despite having notable victories in abroad Test series.
Rohit Sharma, India’s next white-ball captain, has also had some success with the team, winning the Asia Cup and the Nidahas Trophy in 2018.
While talking about MS Dhoni, former Indian player said:
“I watched MS Dhoni, the coolest mind you could ever have. Nothing fazes him. If you have a mind that is cool, calm, calculative… that is the best state to take decisions on the go, because the decisions have to be very dynamic. You are making decisions on the go.”
“Next to the Prime Minister, the Indian captain is the most enviable job in the country, so I think somebody who can take the pressure,” said former India bowling coach Bharat Arun about MS Dhoni in an interview with News9.
“If you look at Virat Kohli and Dhoni, contrasting characters. But each one has his way of bringing something to the table. Once he is on the field, Virat is at the opposition. He wants to win at any cost. The energy he brought to the field was absolutely different,” said Arun.
Arun further stated that Rohit Sharma has a different methodology when it comes to leading the side:
“He was willing to lead by example, take the bull by its horn and that’s what the captain should do. If you look at Rohit Sharma, he has a different methodology to his captaincy. But he is also equally successful,” Arun further said.
Rohit Sharma will be leading India for the time in the ODI series against the West Indies since he was handed the complete white-ball captaincy ahead of the South Africa tour.