Former cricketer Aakash Chopra has revealed the reason why he thinks MS Dhoni had more success with the team when it came to ICC tournaments. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India has won all three ICC trophies – T20, ODI and Champions Trophy.
Virat Kohli has had an excellent stint in captaincy so far. He has taken India to the top of the Test Rankings while making the limited-overs side a world-beating one. However, there’s one thing that’s missing from his cabinet – an ICC Trophy. For this reason alone, he comes under the scanner while being compared to his predecessor, MS Dhoni.
The latest loss in an ICC event for Kohli’s men came in the World Test Championship Final. This prompted debates on whether Kohli is ever capable of leading a strong Indian side to an ICC trophy. Aakash Chopra, while talking about this, explains the secret behind Dhoni’s success as a captain.
He didn’t make anyone feel insecure – Aakash Chopra
While Kohli constantly chops and changes the team, Dhoni kept the team stabilized and backed the out-of-form players to come good when it mattered the most. In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra mentioned the same.
“Dhoni’s class has been that under him the team has flourished. The few things I see that make Dhoni the best captain in the world is that he doesn’t make changes. He didn’t make anyone feel insecure in the team,” Chopra said.
He assessed that the big players under MS Dhoni’s captaincy always came good owing to the faith shown in them by the Indian skipper. Be it, Yuvraj Singh, in the 2007 T20 World Cup or Gautam Gambhir in the 2011 World Cup, Dhoni has been banking on his players to come through in ICC events.
“If you see his team from the league stage to the knockouts, the players have remained the same. He has always got players who make runs in the big encounters. When you reach the knockout stages, the team that makes the least mistakes wins. The team that panics the least and the team which consistently plays the same XI will have its players feeling secure in the end,” Chopra reckoned.