There’s no denying the fact that MS Dhoni has been the most successful Indian skipper in the history of Indian cricket, having won all the ICC trophies under his leadership. He took the Indian cricket team to the number 1 position during his captaincy period. The former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag hailed the captaincy skills of MS Dhoni.
Virender Sehwag feels that the current team management may not persist with KL Rahul at number five in T20s if he fails to perform, which wasn’t the case in the MS Dhoni’s captaincy era. Talking about how MS Dhoni used to back players and used to bring out the best out of them, he said:
“If KL Rahul fails four times batting at No.5, the current Indian team management will look to change his slot. However, the same wasn’t the case with Dhoni, who knew how important it is to back players at such positions, having himself gone through the hard grind,”
Talking about how there was a greater clarity of the position of players when MS Dhoni was the captain of the team, Virender Sehwag said:
“With MS Dhoni as captain, there was greater clarity with regards to each player’s position in the batting unit. He had an eye for talent and had identified individuals who would take Indian cricket forward,”
Furthermore, Virender Sehwag said how important it is to back players and give them time and space they need to evolve. He said:
“With the top-order finding it easier for a while in limited-overs cricket, it is those in the middle-order who need backing from a captain.”
“If you don’t give players time, how else will they learn and become big players. I myself batted in the middle-order before opening and made a lot of mistakes, which even resulted in the team’s losses. But you don’t become a big player sitting outside on the bench. Players need time.”