Captaining a team is not everyone’s cup of tea and the time has proved that mastering the trade and captaining a team are two very different things. While mastering a trade is all about honing your skills, Captaining a team is about knowing others abilities and shortcomings.
Yet Team India is blessed to have the captains like Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli in last two decades. Parthiv Patel, out of favour Indian wicket-keeper batsman, is one of the few players – played under all of them.
In the IPL too, he has plied his trade under MS Dhoni, Virat and Rohit Sharma in different time spans. In a recent interview, Patel tried to decode the captaincy styles of all three.
“I think MS Dhoni knows completely about every player’s potential and what all can be extracted out from him. We talk about giving your 100 per cent, but every player’s level of 100 percent varies,” he said in an interaction with former India batsman Aakash Chopra on his Youtube chat show ‘Aakash Vani’.
“Rohit plans really well. At bowlers’ meet, he is completely involved. He figures out how to use the information that has been given to him, and which player can be used in what role – he is a master in figuring that out. He has improved a lot over the years, starting from 2014 to now, if you look at him. At man-management, Dhoni and Rohit are really good at,” Parthiv said.
While Dhoni have led Chennai Super Kings to three IPL titles in his reign, Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians Paltan is the most successful IPL franchise with four title wins under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. Patel, who currently represents Kohli-led RCB side in the IPL, also talked about the captaincy style of Virat. He thinks that contrary to MS and Rohit, Virat’s aggressive nature keeps the dressing room on their toes, pushing for the glory.
“Virat has different style of captaincy, he likes to be right in front every time, he likes to be lead from front and be aggressive all the time. It is his style and it has suited him. Dhoni and Rohit keeps the dressing room calm while Virat makes sure that everyone is on their toes and they all keep pushing themselves,” he further added.
Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are the most successful captains of Indian Premier League. The two Indian stalwarts have helped their franchises scale new heights in world’s most successful Cricket League. However, a lot of credit for their success also goes to the most settled and strong outfits they have at their disposal. The two stalwarts of modern cricket have a quite similar captaincy style.