Rohit Sharma has learnt a lot about captaincy from MS Dhoni: Leg-spinner Karn Sharma


India leg-spinner Karn Sharma said there is no cricketer who gives feedback to his teammates better than MS Dhoni in world cricket, heaping rich praise on the World Cup-winning former captain’s leadership skills.

Karn Sharma, who made his international debut under MS Dhoni’s captaincy in 2014, recalled Dhoni’s advice that helped him outsmart England batsman Joe Root. Karn pointed out that India great helps bowlers with his inputs from behind the wickets.

“I still remember when I made my T20 debut against England, he (Dhoni) told me ‘isko first ball googly daal’ (bowl a googly first up). I was new and Joe Root was batting. He said ‘Ye pakka tere ko reverse sweep maarega, to pehla ball googly daal’ (he will definitely play reverse sweep, so bowl a googly),” Karn told sports presenter Yash Kashikar on his Instagram live show ‘Say Yash to Sports’.

“Even when we practice in Chennai, he gives a lot of valuable advice from behind the stumps. In fact, I have not seen a cricketer in my career who gives better feedback than MS Dhoni.”

‘Rohit and Dhoni are similar captains’

Karn Sharma, who has played under both MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, said both are calm and collective captains. The leg-spinner said Rohit has learnt the trick of the trade from Dhoni after having played under him for quite a few years for India.

Notably, Rohit overtook Dhoni to become the most successful captain in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when he led Mumbai Indians to their 4th league title in 2019. In fact, Rohit led MI to a win over Dhoni-led CSK in a nail-biting final.

“Rohit and MS Dhoni are quite similar as captains. I think Rohit has learned a lot from MS, since he has played for so many years under him. Both bring in calmness and give complete freedom to their bowlers for setting their own field. Only if it doesn’t work out, they will come up with another plan,” Karn said.

‘There is a lot to learn from Dhoni’

Speaking about the calmness that Dhoni brings to the team, Karn said the World Cup-winning captain doesn’t let pressure affect either him or the team.

“In fact, there is a lot to learn from Dhoni, whether you are a part of the XI or not. Most importantly, he remains cool and calm in crunch situations and doesn’t let the pressure mount on himself as well as the team.”

“I feel a team is dependent a lot on its captain because if he is under pressure, then it creates some doubt in the side. But that isn’t the case when Dhoni is around. He takes on challenges and deals with tough situations,” Karn said.

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