Sivaramakrishnan Compares The Captaincy Of Dhoni And Kohli
By CricShots - Jun 17, 2020 1:18 pm
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Former India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said both MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli’s captaincy are different from each other but they have had effective ways when it comes to getting the job done. Sivaramakrishnan said it is difficult to read Dhoni as he doesn’t show a lot of emotions on the field but the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper is a bowler’s delight. Virat Kohli, according to the former spinner, is more aggressive and instinctive as captain.

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli

Dhoni handed over the captaincy reins to Virat after calling it quits from Test cricket as early as 2014. Under Kohli, India has been extremely dominant at home and have traveled better than before in Test cricket. After Dhoni stepped down as captain in 2017, Kohli stepped in as a limited-overs captain as well.

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Describing the same during a chat with Times of India, Sivaramakrishnan said, “Both are different captains, Virat is more of an aggressive and expressive kind of captain and MS is quite laid back and you can hardly read from his facial expression and what his body is speaking about. But MS Dhoni is more of a bowlers’ captain which is a big advantage for any bowler. Virat Kohli is a very proactive and instinctive captain. It gives him a lot of energy and he is still getting better and better.”

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

He further added, “The best part about Kohli as captain, he leads from the front, not only scoring runs with the bat but also the energy that he possesses. Virat Kohli on the other hand is a livewire with his energy because he always has some ideas for bowlers. The approach is important but what is more important is the result.”

Meanwhile, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan also pointed out that Kohli graciously accepts defeat and pushes for win, more often than not. Kohli showcased this trait in the very first series as the captain of India when they refreshingly troubled Australia in their tour of 2014-15.

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Under Virat, India went on to register their first-ever Test series win in Australia when the tourists dominated a 4-Test series in 2018-19.

Laxman further explained, “Virat Kohli doesn’t mind losing games because he plays to win. That’s what Australia did in the 90s and 2000s, that’s why they were so successful. You just want to go, try and win a game and in the process if you lose it’s part and parcel of the game.”