Calm and composed mindset of former Indian captain MS Dhoni has many times helped the team to easily get rid of the pressure situation. He has remained cool tough circumstances and that quality has been praised by several cricket pundits. On the other hand, Virat Kohli has been openly an aggressive captain. He didn’t shy to verbally engage or give an earful to the opposition which Dhoni was rarely seen doing during his captaincy period.
However, former BCCI national selector Gagan Khoda doesn’t believe that Dhoni is not aggressive just because he is not vocal. As per him, Dhoni is equally belligerent like Kohli but in its own way.
MS Dhoni is a blend of both; Virat Kohli is learning: Gagan Khoda
The former selector said that Dhoni was the perfect combination of aggression and being safe. He does not vocally engage with others because he understood the game well. However, at times, the wicketkeeper-batsman has also lost its control, especially during IPL tournaments. He has been seen engaging with umpires and also, taking on the opposition.
“They say Virat Kohli is very aggressive, but MS Dhoni is not. I don’t believe in this. Aggression is not being vocal. MS Dhoni was aggressive and safe. You have to be safe as a captain. Virat Kohli is aggressive and learning how to be safe. He’s learning very quickly. The only difference is that MS Dhoni is not vocal but he is equally aggressive,” Khoda told SportsKeeda.
However, Khoda reckons that the current Indian captain is quickly learning the leadership traits from his predecessor. He is sure that Kohli is getting better and is a great learner from his mistakes.
“You can’t attack and be aggressive all the time. You have to be aggressive and safe. MS Dhoni was a blend of both. Virat Kohli is reaching there,” Khoda said. “MS Dhoni was a great captain and used to study the game very well. Virat Kohli is getting there and he is a very quick learner. He’ll admit his mistake and say he’ll do better next time.”
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni has not played for India since the disheartening end of the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand. Hopefully, the Chennai Super Kings captain will be seen in action in the upcoming IPL 2020, commencing from 19th September.