MS Dhoni is widely regarded as the best captain India has ever gotten, and now Harbhajan Singh also stamped his approval by choosing him over Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as the no.1 skipper across all three formats.
India has had eras of captaincies with the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, and Kapil Dev ruling in the 70s and 80s, while Mohammed Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar were the choices in the 90s. things changed in the 2000s as Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid were the skippers for the better part of the decade.
But then 2007 brought MS Dhoni to the fore after he won India the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa. He was quickly pushed to the hilt and became the ODI captain as well that year after the 2007 ODI World Cup debacle and then the Test captain in 2008.
He then took India to new heights as he won the 2011 World Cup at home and the 2013 Champions Trophy in England and as the cherry on the top, made India the no.1 ranked Test team for the first time as well.
He gelled well with senior players like Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and others in the team and prepared youngsters like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma and others who have carried the Indian team after his retirement.
MS Dhoni- Harbhajan Singh Picked Him As No.1 Captain In All Three Formats
Recently, a Twitter user posted a tweet asking for opinions of others who is the best Indian captain across formats and gave the option of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. However, Harbhajan Singh quoted that tweet and opted for MS Dhoni instead.
Dhoni 👍 https://t.co/58wvxvV2DF
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 25, 2023
While Rohit Sharma came into the team in 2007 and made his Test debut in 2013, Virat Kohli was someone much closer to MS Dhoni as he was the vice-captain of the side for the later part of Dhoni’s captaincy tenure and took over as captain in Tests in 2014 and in white-ball formats in 2017.
On the RCB podcast, Virat Kohli said that Dhoni took him under his wing and started grooming him for the captaincy role since 2012.
“With me and MS there was never a question of any awkwardness in that whole period. The reality of the situation is MS choose me. He kind of took me under his wings, and since 2012 he kind of groomed me as a guy who is going to take over the captaincy from him. I was his vice-captain.
I was always having conversations with him about what we can do in the field. I was always his right-hand man. I was always there understanding the game and I also got confidence because I was playing a lot of match-winning knocks for the team,” Virat Kohli said.
MS Dhoni retired from the game in 2020 and his last match for India was the 2019 World Cup semi-final in which he scored 50 and got run out.