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Suresh Raina: Rohit Sharma’s captaincy style similar to MS Dhoni

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Suresh Raina has compared Rohit Sharma‘s captaincy style to that of MS Dhoni, drawing similarities in the way both skippers handle pressure and motivate their players by leading from the front.

Speaking on Instagram live with journalist Nikhil Naz, Raina said that Rohit’s tendency to back players inspires them to give their best shot, an ideology that has reflected in the success of Mumbai Indians, IPL’s most successful franchise.

“Rohit’s captaincy is very similar to MSD [Dhoni],” Raina, who plays under Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings, said. “The way he does things calmly, the way he motivates people. He is bindaas [carefree], he knows that whenever he goes to bat he’ll make runs. So, when this sort of confidence is there in a player, then the rest of the players also pick that up from him, and that’s what I like about Rohit.”

Rohit is the IPL’s most successful captain with four titles so far, one ahead of MS Dhoni, claiming his latest trophy last year after pipping CSK by one run in the IPL final. When asked to choose one IPL team that he would prefer to represent other than Chennai Super Kings, Raina said that he would opt for Mumbai Indians, especially because of Rohit’s captaincy, and Mumbai franchise set-up.

“Recently, when they won against Pune in the final [in the IPL 2017], Rohit made two-three great moves [as captain],” Raina said. “In a crunch situation, the way he made changes after every over on a dry wicket; a few players played slowly to win, but Rohit still managed to release pressure. It shows that he is doing it [making the decision] all himself.

“There might be suggestions coming from the outside, but in his own mind, he knows what has to be done. That’s why he has won so many trophies.”

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