The standards set by the former Indian captain MS Dhoni are so high that, most of the modern-day captains are measured with respect to his achievements. Suresh Raina, who is one of MS Dhoni’s close friend and a person who has played a lot under him for India and CSK revealed the name of a current Indian cricketer who could be the next MS Dhoni.
Suresh Raina in the latest Super Over podcast opined that India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma has all the potential to be India’s next MS Dhoni. He credited Rohit for giving the much-needed confidence to the youngsters in the team and added that he is very calm and composed like MS Dhoni.
“I would say he is the next MS Dhoni for the Indian cricket team. I have seen him, he is calm, he likes to listen, he likes to give confidence to the players and on top of that, he likes to lead from the front. When the captain leads from the front and at the same time, he gives respect to the dressing room atmosphere, you know you have it all” Raina said on The Super Over Podcast.
Raina who played under Rohit in the successful Asia Cup campaign went onto add that the opening batsman from Mumbai thinks of everyone as captain and listens to the opinions of each and every player. Rohit captains CSK’s arch-rivals Mumbai Indians in the IPL. His records as a captain in the IPL are proof of his leadership abilities. So far he has won 4 titles for Mumbai in just 8 seasons as captain.
“He thinks everyone is a captain. I have seen him; I have played under him when we won the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. I have seen how he gives confidence to young players like Shardul [Thakur], Washington Sundar, and [Yuzvendra] Chahal of course.”
“Around him, players enjoy the intensity, they enjoy his aura. I think when you enjoy the aura of a player, you like to be positive and I think that is what he is good at,” Raina said.
Rohit has captained India whenever the permanent captain Virat Kohli has been rested and has done full justice to the job whenever given the opportunity. He captained India in 10 ODI’s and 20 T20I’s so far winning 8 and 16 of them respectively.
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