Even though Virat Kohli leads the Indian team, many think Rohit Sharma could be a good skipper as well. In fact, India player Suresh Raina sees a few similarities in the captaincy styles of former India captain MS Dhoni and Rohit. Raina recently said that Rohit Sharma liked listening to players which keeps the dressing room atmosphere positive always.
“I would say he is the next MS Dhoni for the Indian cricket team,” Suresh Raina said on The Super Over Podcast. “I have seen him, he is calm, he likes to listen, he likes to give confidence to the players and on top of that, he likes to lead from the front. When the captain leads from the front and at the same time, he gives respect to the dressing room atmosphere, you know you have it all.”
“He thinks everyone is a captain. I have seen him, I have played under him when we won the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. I have seen him how he gives confidence to young players like Shardul [Thakur], Washington Sundar and [Yuzvendra] Chahal of course,” he again said.
“Around him, players enjoy the intensity, they enjoy his aura. I think when you enjoy the aura of a player, you like to be positive and I think that is what he is good at. He is one of the top-most, after MS Dhoni, who was brilliant. He has won more [IPL] trophies than MS, but I would say they both are very similar. Both of them, as a captain, like to listen,” he further shared.
“When your captain is listening, you can solve a lot of problems, you can solve the mental problems of the players. So in my book, they both are wonderful,” he concluded.
With the 13th edition of Indian Premier League is all set to begin from Septem 19 and the final will take place on November 8 in the UAE, all these players will be seen in the action soon. While Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will be seen leading Mumbai Indians and Royal Challenger Bangalore respectively, Suresh Raina will play for Chennai Super Kings under the leadership of MS Dhoni.