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Sumeet Gulabrao Nale, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
You can take MS Dhoni out of captaincy but you can’t take captaincy out of MS Dhoni. Virat Kohli may be a newly appointed captain of limited overs cricket for India but he is yet to master it. Recently concluded ODI series between India and England proved just that. Kohli won his first ODI series 2-1 as a full-time captain while Dhoni was instrumental in taking important decisions on the field time and time again.
We saw Dhoni on numerous occasions coming to save the day. In the first ODI, he scored a magnificent hundred along with Yuvraj’s 150, which India won. When it came to DRS (Decision Review System), Dhoni took more than a few important reviews successfully. He even convinced Kohli to take one when he said no which eventually paid off. No decisions of Dhoni were wrong in this series when he is not a captain. On one instance, Kohli went to take a review although Dhoni wasn’t sure, which was turned down.
Dhoni was also in charge of setting captain Kohli’s field setting right. To be fair, he was having better angles since he is wicket keeper. Kohli was also aware of this and he was more than happy to consider Dhoni’s suggestions.
Nonetheless, the “two captains” of India were clinical in getting India a sweet 2-1 series win on the home turf.