Aakash Chopra, the ex-Indian cricketer turned commentator always on the news due to his analysis on cricket. Recently, Aakash Chopra had done an analysis on ex-Indian captains. Aakash Chopra analyzed three of India’s best captains ever, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. The analysis was based on their performances as captains in ICC tournaments.
According to Aakash Chopra, MS Dhoni was the best among those three Indian captains. To support his answer, Chopra said, “Dhoni’s class has been that under him the team has flourished. The few things I see that make Dhoni the best captain in the world is that he doesn’t make changes. He didn’t make anyone feel insecure in the team.”
India won three major ICC trophies under MS Dhoni’s leadership. Also, he is the only captain in the world who won all three ICC trophies as a captain. His first success came in 2007 when India won the inaugural T20I World Cup. Then he went on to win the 2011 Cricket World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Perhaps, Dhoni was the last Indian captain to win any major ICC trophy.
Under Ganguly, India played in the three ICC tournament finals. But, unfortunately, they lost two out of them. However, they shared the trophy in one in the 2002 Champions Trophy after the match was washed out due to rain.
Virat Kohli does not have any ICC trophy as a captain in his cabinet. Under Virat Kohli, India played in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy and the recently concluded WTC final. But India lost both of those finals.
“If you see his team from the league stage to the knockouts, the team and the protagonists have remained the same. He has always got players who make runs in the big encounters. When you reach the quarterfinals, semi-finals or a final, the team that makes the least mistakes wins, the team that panics the least and the team which consistently plays the same XI so that all players are secure in the end,”Aakash Chopra on MS Dhoni’s
Aakash Chopra thinks it was because MS Dhoni gave everyone a log run, everyone was able to perform consistently in bigger stages.
“That’s what MS Dhoni did for his team. If you see the 2007 and 2011 finals, you will remember Gautam Gambhir. You will remember the entire 2011 World Cup for Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni himself in the final. In 2013, you will see consistent performances from everybody.”
Chopra also added, “In 2014, you were left behind because only Kohli’s bat fired while it fell silent for the rest of the players. So Dhoni the captain will always be dependent on some players. The big-ticket players, they all came to the party in knockout matches,”