5 potential game changers that MS Dhoni gave to Virat Kohli as captain
MS Dhoni was one of the best captains of the Indian national cricket team. He was the only captain to win three coveted trophies namely ICC T20 World Cup 200, ICC ODI World Cup, ICC ODI Champions Trophy 2013. Besides being a good captain, MS Dhoni was known for backing his players as well.
However, the majority of the cricket fans added that MS Dhoni was a good captain but didn’t build a foundation. The cricket followers also said that MS Dhoni was just lucky that the team was already built by one of his predecessors, Sourav Ganguly.
Nonetheless, that isn’t completely true. While many players developed and thrived under Sourav Ganguly helped MS Dhoni win some major tournaments, MS Dhoni also built a star-studded team after 2012 and developed some great players. Today, those players are playing under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.
#1 Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma had all the ingredients to become one of the best players in world cricket. Earlier, Rohit Sharma played as a middle-order batsman as Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were the top openers for India at that time.
However, before the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 began, MS Dhoni made the biggest decision of his life by dropping two India’s highly successful ODI openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. After Sehwag and Gambhir were dropped, Rohit Sharma was not picked as an opening batsman and instead, he was asked to bat at No. 4.
After Rohit gained some confidence, he was given a green signal to open the batting for India, considering his typical stroke-making abilities. There was no looking back since then for Rohit Sharma, who is one of the best white-ball cricketers in the world. He is the only batsman in the world with three double centuries.
Rohit Sharma ended up as the leading run-scorer in the previous edition of the World Cup where he scored five centuries in his total run tally of 648, which is most by any batsman in World Cup history.