It was a crackling finale between the Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans that eventually was won by the former as Ravindra Jadeja smacked Mohit Sharma for two consecutive boundaries, helping Chennai Super Kings to lift their fifth IPL trophy.
What exactly was the difference between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans? Well, the answer can be interpreted in several ways and one of them is that MS Dhoni’s captaincy somehow changed the game for the Chennai Super Kings despite Thala scoring a golden Duck. Hardik Pandya is being touted as the next Indian captain and he has so far done a great job. However, he is still in the learning curve and will need to cross miles before he can finally come in close vicinity of Mahi.
Here are two tricks of the captaincy trade that Hardik Pandya can learn from MS Dhoni:
#1 Believing in his players
It is not that Hardik doesn’t believe in his players but Dhoni is one man who takes this aspect to radical extremes. He loves to believe in his players and that is why when the entire populace was against Ravindra Jadeja throughout the tournament, he knew that it was going to be his favourite southpaw who would do the trick for him. Hardik needs to take his belief in his players a notch higher and that can make him Captain Unstoppable.
#2 Courage to take the brave decisions
MS Dhoni somehow knows that what are the unorthodox decisions that would be working for him. May it be using Joginder Sharma in the 2007 T20 World Cup final or may it be the 2011 World Cup final, when he would walk out to bat ahead of the in-form Yuvraj Singh. Hardik is obviously a gutsy captain but using the most unconventional strategies to cripple the opposition, well, MS has the copyright for the same.