MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are two of the most successful skippers to lead Indian cricket. They have taken Indian cricket to new heights in the last decade. Despite rich success under their belt, Kohli and Dhoni have a lot of differences in their style of leadership. Recently, former all-rounder Ajit Agarkar pointed out that Kohli showed more faith in fast bowlers than Dhoni.
Meanwhile, India’s pace attack has witnessed an upsurge in the last couple of years. Under Kohli, India have grown as one of the most potent fast bowling attacks in the world comprising of lethal Jasprit Bumrah, experienced Ishant Sharma and skilful Mohammed Shami, among many others.
Kohli has shown more faith in fast bowlers than Dhoni – Ajit Agarkar
During a recent chat on Star Sports show, Cricket Connected, Ajit Agarkar explained that while MS Dhoni showed trust in slow bowlers, Virat Kohli has shown more faith on fast bowlers.
“The major difference I see is that MS Dhoni used to depend a lot on the spin bowlers to make his strategies. Virat Kohli, in a slight deviation, has shown more faith in fast bowlers,” Agarkar said.
“Because of that when India plays overseas Test matches, it has made a lot of difference to the results. The performance has been better and we have been able to compete more. Probably this was a stark difference because both had a different way of leading, but both got a lot of success,” he further said.
Furthermore, Ajit Agarkar spoke highly of Virat Kohli and how good he has done with the side in all the formats. India will look to rely on their fast bowling unit when they travel to Australia this year for the Test series which begins in December.
“Virat Kohli has been a captain for such a long time in all formats and we can see how good the results have been. The methods might be different but if you show faith in your players, then you get good results as a captain,” Agarkar added.