In a recent chat with his IPL franchise CSK handle on Instagram, former India middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu has commented on the success of Rohit Sharma as a captain. Rayudu reckons that Rohit Sharma’s success as the captain of Mumbai Indians has a lot to do with MS Dhoni.
Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in IPL history leading MI to four IPL titles. Former India captain MS Dhoni isn’t far behind with three titles to his name with the Chennai Super Kings. Ambati Raydu has also predicted the level of success Rohit Sharma can achieve as a captain. He claims Rohit Sharma has the potential to achieve the same level of success that Dhoni.
Rayudu said, “Dhoni has been captain for all of us including Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and so whatever Rohit is becoming is because of MS Dhoni. He has learned a lot from him, there won’t be much difference but I think he is going in the right direction. Long way to go for him and to achieve the success of Dhoni but I am sure he will get there.”
Rayudu has first-hand experience of the team culture and management structure of MI and CSK. Differentiating on the same, he says, “At CSK it’s pretty calm, they have a lot more faith in players’ ability, while MI is more ‘play-your-role’ kind of a setup.”
The 34-year-old has left no stone unturned in praising CSK’s fan base. “CSK fans are emotional like how south Indians are, they have knowledge. Even when playing for India we don’t see such a fan base,” he said.
Rayudu also mentions on his faith in CSK teammate Suresh Raina. Rayudu believes Suresh Raina will surely make a comeback into the Indian national team and he is ready to place a bet on it. “He has a lot of cricket left in him..I am putting a bet on it that he would make a comeback for India,” he said.