Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, Indian cricket team dominated the game of cricket across all formats, reached the previously-unexplored and unchartered heights and became a force to reckon within the cricketing world.
Dhoni is the only captain in the history of the game to have won all three ICC tournaments. To fill seemingly-irreplaceable shoes of an iconic captain like Dhoni is a huge burden for any of his successors.
There’s no denying the fact that the present India skipper Virat Kohli has done a tremendous job, but when it comes to winning trophies, he lags behind his predecessor by a fair margin.
India batsman Suresh Raina has named limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma as someone who has all the credentials to become ‘the next MS Dhoni’ for India.
Raina has been a crucial member of Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise in IPL for over a decade now and played under Rohit’s captaincy in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy.
While speaking on The Super Over Podcast, the southpaw revealed that Rohit listens to everyone in the dressing room and backs youngsters.
“I would say he is the next MS Dhoni for the Indian cricket team,” Raina said.
“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 added.
“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 how he gives confidence to young players like Shardul [Thakur], Washington Sundar and [Yuzvendra] Chahal of course,” concluded Raina.