As the Indian team is involved in an interesting Border-Gavaskar Trophy match against Australia, experienced Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan sat down for an exclusive conversation with The Lallantop’s Saurabh Dwivedi. The southpaw discussed the contrasts between playing under MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma with the famous journalist.
Shikhar Dhawan, a veteran Indian opener, made his ODI debut in 2010 under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Since then, he has played for the Indian side under former Indian captain Virat Kohli and current all-format captain Rohit Sharma.
When questioned about the contrasts between playing under all three Indian captains, the 37-year-old remarked that each was a unique experience due to their diverse personalities. He said that Dhoni was more calm and quiet as a captain than Kohli, who was more aggressive.
“They all have distinct personalities. Dhoni bhai is extremely cool and controlled; he used to back me up and encourage me, as did everyone else. His manner was distinct. Virat was an aggressive captain, and he plays with aggressiveness as well “In an exclusive interview, Dhawan said.
Saurabh Dwivedi inquired about the word “aggressive captain” after hearing Dhawan’s statement. He inquired of the southpaw how a captain is aggressive. Are they aggressive in their briefings, field placements, and criticism and comments on a player’s performance?
Dhawan responded to the question by adding that each cricketer has their own personality, and Kohli’s personality was aggressive, which was evident in his batting as well. But, someone like Dhoni had a calm demeanour that shone through throughout his leadership. He claimed that under stressful times, an individual’s individuality comes to the fore.
“I believe it has more to do with personality. Like Dhoni, bhai had a calm demeanour that showed in his leadership. It’s a pressure game, and when you’re under pressure, your personality shines through “Dhawan said.