The Virat Kohli era has begun with the stepping down of MS Dhoni as skipper in limited-overs cricket. However, fans will take some time to adjust seeing Dhoni just as a keeper-batsman in the side. Hence, when Dhoni turned up as captain for India A in the warm-up game against England at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, it made the fans go hysterical as they would be seeing Dhoni as skipper for the last time. Dhoni who has won everything under the sun as skipper will be missed as captain. Here are some things that we will miss of captain Dhoni.
His selfless nature: Dhoni has always kept the team’s interests ahead of his. He came into limelight with his ability to hit big shots. Couple of his big tons have come up at the top of the order during his early days. But he chose to bat lower down the order and to be the finisher was in the best interests of the team. And he has done exceedingly well in that role. Besides, Dhoni has always resisted trying to grab the limelight. He has given way to youngsters to grab the spotlight. At every presentation, Dhoni is seen at a corner while others make merry. India will struggle to find another selfless cricketer and captain like him.
Shields the youngsters, while he takes the blame: Whenever India have done poorly, Dhoni has come forward to take the blame and shielded the youngsters from it. He has always harped on ‘process’ whenever India have suffered embarrassing defeats. But it was a ploy to keep the self-belief high in his team who responded with some memorable wins for India. RP Singh was quoted as saying that Dhoni always send the performer to the press conference whenever the team won, while he went to tackle the media when the team lost.
His street-smart gambles: Promoting Rohit Sharma as opener, giving the last over to Joginder Sharma in 2007 World T20 were some of the gambles that Dhoni took and it paid off with rich dividends. We will miss Dhoni’s street-smart captaincy which has hoodwinked many teams and players. The one-run win over Bangladesh in 2016 World T20 is just icing on the cake.
His sense of humour: Dhoni has the gift of the gab where he has fielded difficult questions with ease. His one-liners are epic which explains his simple takes on life. He won’t be appearing in much press conferences as he won’t be captaining the national team anymore. No other captain has made press conferences jovial and fun than Dhoni. Remember how Dhoni tackled retirement question in a post conference post India’s win over Bangladesh in 2016 World T20.
A calm head on his shoulders: A captain needs to be aggressive and attacking to get the desired results. But he also needs to have a calm demeanor as well. Dhoni has never let pressure get the better of him and that has rubbed off on his teammates as well. Hence, it’s no surprise to see why Dhoni has been so successful as skipper. He has won key situations in knockout matches to emerge the most successful skipper in world cricket.