Famous Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev has urged Virat Kohli, the current Indian Test captain to learn a lot from MS Dhoni’s qualities as Kohli is ready to lead India for the one-off Test match against Bangladesh. It is worthwhile to highlight that Virat Kohli took over as full-time Test captain after Dhoni’s decision to retire from the longer format of the game on the completion of the 3rd Test match against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) last year.
Although the veteran sees Kohli as the obvious choice to take over the captaincy across all formats of the game in future but at the same time he feels that there are still a few question marks over Kohli as he needs to learn to control his emotions in order to thrive in the role.
Kapil Dev, the proud captain of 1983 World Cup winning team said “Kohli is very aggressive on the field and his emotions are very much visible on the screen whereas on the other hand you never know what’s there in Dhoni’s mind. Maturity is very, very important in cricket. Dhoni has made lot of mistakes, but over the period of time, you learn from those mistakes. I have made more mistakes than anybody else, but you learn. How quickly you can learn in captaincy and bring back your team is very important. Your own performance is not that important, your team’s performance is very important and how as a captain you get the best out of everybody.”
Despite underlining the need for Kohli to mature as a captain, he also stated that each individual has his own personality and that we cannot expect Kohli to be a clone of Dhoni. He added “Every captain is different and every individual has a different thought process. If you say everybody will be like Rahul Dravid, Harbhajan Singh or MS Dhoni, it’s not going to happen.”
Also expressing his opinion on the tendency of the cricketers to rely on captain for every minor issue, instead of sorting out themselves, Kapil Dev had a word of caution and insisted “The captain is an important part of the team but that’s not the only thing. I think the players are important as well. Sometimes you have to make sure your captain realises you are also there in the team and sometimes the captain has to see each and every corner of the team and say what best can we get out of the player”,
Let us hope that Virat Kohli will take advantage of the worthy advice of Kapil Dev and will try to improvise and become a better captain.