Vaughan reveals the best white-ball skipper of this era
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has been closely following the game of cricket nowadays. His active presence is noted when he chips in with tweets about players and teams’ performances on his Twitter platform.
In a recent interview with Times of India, Vaughan spoke about the art of captaincy and went on to reveal the best white-ball captain in this era. According to him, MS Dhoni is the best white-ball captain and he just likes the manner in which MS Dhoni thinks out of the box behind the stumps by reading the passage of play and guiding the team in the best possible way.
Vaughan said that MS Dhoni has the best cricketing brain because of which he handles pressure with such ease. The fact that Dhoni is a sound batsman at the crease makes him the best wicketkeeper-batsman in limited-overs.
“MS Dhoni doesn’t do international captaincy anymore but in our era, Dhoni is the best white-ball captain I have seen…the way he manoeuvres from behind the stump, just reads play, thinks out of the box, handles the pressure card and is also great with the bat,” Michael Vaughan added.
Besides praising MS Dhoni, Vaughan praised the likes of Kane Williamson, Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli. He describes Kane Williamson as ‘outstanding’, Kohli as ‘energetic’ and Morgan as ‘revelation in the 50-over game’.
“Kane Williamson is outstanding. He has the gift to lead without having to say too much. He can manoeuvre his team in a sensible way and not a noisy way. Everyone realizes he is the leader, the power. Eoin Morgan was a revelation in 50-over cricket. In Tests, Virat Kohli is busy, energetic, a brilliant batsman, full of life. I like the way he captains,” he further added.
In contemporary cricket, ‘split captaincy’ has been the talking point and when asked about to give an opinion on this, Vaughan said: “Split captaincy works, that is why I spoke about split coaches because I think it works. It is just (about) getting the right people. It is an easier and better way of doing things unless you’ve got a superhero like Kohli or Williamson.”
Captaincy is certainly not an easy job according to Vaughan. “It goes beyond the actual tactical side of the pitch. You need to have a strong cricketing brain and a strong idea of how to manage people.
It is also the way you portray yourself in the public, how you handle the media, the messages you send, the structure and goal that you set for the team. Good captains give their team a vision of what they want to achieve over the course of the next few months and years,” he said.