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ICC World Cup 2019: Jonty Rhodes reveals difference between captaincy styles of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli

Rhodes opined that Dhoni controls the mental aspect of the game brilliantly while Kohli on the other hand, likes to force the issue and ‘impose his stamp on the game’.

cricket Updated: May 17, 2019 08:52 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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File image of Indian captain Virat Kohli, left, with MS Dhoni, right warm up during a practice session.(AP)

Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes has revealed the main difference in captaincy styles of former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and current captain Virat Kohli. Rhodes opined that Dhoni controls the mental aspect of the game brilliantly while Kohli on the other hand, likes to force the issue and ‘impose his stamp on the game’.

“Dhoni’s example was of setting incredible standards on fitness and control mindset point of view. So there are different styles of leadership. Kohli’s style is to take things by the scruff of the neck and he likes to impose his stamp on the game,” Rhodes was quoted as saying by India Today.

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Recently, skipper Virat Kohli was full of praise for Dhoni and also revealed what make his indispensible to the Indian team. Dhoni has been an integral part of the Indian team since his debut in 2004. After leading India to a T20 World Cup, Champions Trophy and a 50-over World Cup, Dhoni has earned the reputation of being an astute thinker of the game.

“What can I say about him. My career started under him and few have seen him from so close over the last few years as I have. There’s one thing about MS that’s far more important than anything else - and there’s a lot to him - for him, the team is always above everything else. It’s always about the team, no matter what. To top it, look at the experience he brings to the squad and we’re richer with it. Some of his dismissals behind the stumps, just recently too (in IPL), were match-changing,” said Kohli in an interview to Times of India.

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The two Indian stalwarts enjoyed contrasting fortunes in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). While Dhoni fired Chennai Super Kings into the final, which they lost to Mumbai Indians by just one run, Kohli on the other hand saw his team crash out of the league stage once again.

Kohli and Dhoni will now join forces for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, where India will look to clinch their third crown in England and Wales. The showpiece event begins on May 30 while India play their first match against South Africa on June 5.

First Published: May 16, 2019 09:24 IST