Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee believes that the present Indian captain Virat Kohli has some significant similarities with the former Australian World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting.
Ricky Ponting was one of the best and most successful captains in international cricket history, who led the Australian team between 2002 and 2012. Under his captaincy, Australia achieved numerous successes in international cricket, including winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 and 2007 as well as winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 and 2009.
Meanwhile, though Virat Kohli-led India haven’t won any multi-nation tournament yet, he is still a very successful captain, both at home and away venues. Also, his team has performed consistently in every ICC tournament as they have always finished among the top four sides. Kohli-led India also created history by winning first-ever ODI series in South Africa, first-ever Test series in Australia and first-ever ODI bilateral series in Australia.
They’ve got that raw aggression, but it’s not necessarily over the top: Brett Lee about the captain Ricky Ponting and Virat Kohli
Brett Lee feels that both Ponting and Kohli have shown raw aggression in the controlled ways which have helped their respective national teams to grow up on the top. Also, Lee pointed out their strong batting performances, even during their captaincy period. Lee further believes that both of them can read the players in a great way and their field setting style is very much the same, which is attacking.
Lee told TOI, “If you see Ricky Ponting and Virat Kohli, you could say there are some similarities between their captaincy styles. They’ve got that raw aggression, but it’s not necessarily over the top. Apart from his (Kohli) captaincy, he does well with the bat personally. He is the same as Ricky Ponting. He had that real powerful aggression but not too much. There’s a nice balance, I think. They are pretty similar when it comes to captaincy. And also, they’ve got a great ability to read the players. So, you think about Ponting the way he had set the fields, very attacking fields, I see the same In Kohli. Kohli is happy to attack.”
MS Dhoni still has so much to offer: Brett Lee
On the other hand, the former Indian World T20 and World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni hasn’t played a recognised cricket match since the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Brett Lee is confident that the 39-year-old Dhoni still has so much to offer. The former speedster continued that Dhoni could be a captain again or could be even appointed as the vice-captain of the Indian team.
Lee claimed, “I think there is definitely more to see of MS Dhoni. He still has so much to offer. He’s that cool character, he could be a captain again, he’s the guy that can be a great vice-captain. He doesn’t even need a captain. He’s just a great leader amongst the team. And everyone that knows Dhoni knows that he’s a wonderful guy, such a generous person.”
Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy (2007-2018), India achieved massive success, including winning the ICC World T20 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013. While he is holding the record of most-capped captain in international cricket history (332 matches), he is the only captain to win three different ICC trophies.