MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli: A Tale Of Two Captains

By Matt Harris on May 30, 2019

Virat Kohli is clearly the captain of the Indian cricket team, however, he is a captain with a captain. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former Indian cricket team captain is extremely important to this year’s World Cup team. The wicketkeeper, and former captain, helps direct play on the ground.

MS Dhoni is good for morale, and he brings his invaluable skills to the team. Suresh Raina, a national team cricketer who is not part of the World Cup squad, commented on MS Dhoni’s role.

MS Dhoni, Captain of Kohli

As Raina commented: “On paper, he’s not the captain. On the ground, he’s the captain for Virat, I think. His role is still the same. He communicates with the bowlers from behind the stumps, coordinates the field placements. He’s the captain of the captains.”

Raina went on to note: “Virat feels confident when Dhoni is behind the stumps. He has always acknowledged that.”

As for MS Dhoni, he does not appear to have slowed down. “He batted really well in the IPL. He looks pretty solid, calm, and decisive when it comes to scoring a lot of runs. If MS gets a lot of time, then he can really pace his innings,” said Raina.

Suresh Raina on Virat Kohli

Raina explained that Kohli shows confidence as India’s captain, and as a player. He also explained that Kohli is a confident team player who “knows his role well.” He noted that Kohli’s role includes inspiring confidence in his team. Raina also feels that MS Dhoni has a calming influence on Virat Kohli.

“He is a confident player, captain, and a team player,” said Raina. “It’s a very big World Cup for him. He knows his role well. He needs to give confidence to his players. Everything looks in our favour. Intent has to be positive. This is the best team to win the World Cup.”

World Cup 2019

Although Raina was not selected for this year’s World Cup, he played on India’s winning World Cup side in 2011. When India won the World Cup in 2011, Dhoni was at the helm. Although the make-up of this team is different, it is clear that India has a quality World Cup team.

Raina said that losing the first warm-up match was a good thing since it gave India the chance to regroup. He is confident that India will make it at far as the semi-finals in the round robin league.

World Cup cricket odds on India reaching the semi-finals stand at 1.22 at Bet365. According to the sportsbooks odds, the hosts, England, have a slightly greater chance of making it to the semis with 1.14. The next two most likely teams to make it to the semi-finals are Australia (1.50) and South Africa (2.20).

“Earlier, we would win with our own batting,” said Raina. “Now, we have bowling to defend totals. We will also have an edge in crowd support. In all the venues, we will get a lot of support.”