Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday, putting an end to his 23-year-long career. Days after he announced the big decision, the ace spinner pointed the difference between the leadership of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Harbhajan Singh, who has played a lot of cricket under MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli explained the big difference in the leadership style of both the captains and what works for Kohli.
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni is hailed as one of the legendary skippers to have led the Indian side, having won all the ICC trophies under his leadership. While Dhoni is known for his cool as cucumber nature, on other hand, Virat Kohli is known for his aggression on-field.
In an interaction with India TV, Harbhajan Singh reckoned had Virat been as soft as Dhoni, he wouldn’t have scored so many runs. He also revealed what Kohli had told him once. He revealed:
“I remember in one of those series, where he had scored a lot of runs, although India had lost the Test series. India had to chase some 400 runs in that match and Kohli had scored a big century. So when he returned to the pavilion I told him that match could have ended in a draw, but he replied that ‘there is no importance of a drawn Test, either you win or you lose and the day we learn to fight, we will learn to win and someday we will’,”
Further, Harbhajan Singh also highlighted the difference between MS Dhoni and Virat’s captaincy. He claimed that when MS Dhoni was leading the side in Australia, the goal was to draw the Tes however with Virat Kohli leading the side, the goal is to win in Australia. He said:
“It suits perfectly actually and we need players like him in the team to can take the team forward. When team used to go to Australia, they used to think about how to save the Test match. In Virat’s captaincy, the team goes to Australia thinking how they can win the Test series,”