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Indian cricket captains are and have been a major blessing to this nation’s most followed and loved sport. And the above statement is with keeping in mind the fact that this country has a wealth of cricketing talent who vie for 15 precious spots in the national side. So, if going on to play for India is on its own an achievement and a matter of pride, imagine how much of an honour and prestige is being made India captain.
The reason I say Indian Cricket has been blessed to have had the captains they have is, without their ability to spot, nurture and allow a talent to realise its full potential, you will not have seen the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and Ravindra Jadeja, to name a few, make the country proud and bewitch you almost every time they take the field of play.
When Tendulkar was just 14, a Dilip Vengsarkar brought him into the mix by getting the then prodigy to have a net session with the other members of the national team. And a couple of decades later, MS Dhoni started investing in Rohit (international debut in 2008) and Jadeja (international debut in 2009), who’ve become assets for India across all three formats. Similarly, Ajinkya Rahane is no less of a captain in spotting talent (Kuldeep Yadav, 2017) and not hesitating to hand him a Test debut in a crunch match.
Considering a factor as the one mentioned above, captains tend to taste different kinds of success and each one of them is defined uniquely.
For instance, despite being the only captain till date to have won every major trophy (ICC World Twenty20, ICC Cricket World Cup, the ICC Champions Trophy, and the IPL titles), Dhoni’s Test captaincy record outside the sub-continent is poor. In 28 overseas Tests (those played in Australia, England, New Zealand, and South Africa), as India captain, Dhoni won just 4, lost 15 and drew 9. And though I mean no disrespect to the former Indian captain, Dhoni managed to win only two overseas Test series, in New Zealand in 2009 and in the West Indies in 2011.
But only under Dhoni’s captaincy, India gained a pool of genuine fast bowlers like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who might be the pillars of future overseas Test wins for India under Virat Kohli, the current Indian captain.
With win percentages of 55.27 in ODIs and 59.28 T20Is, MS Dhoni is India’s best and most successful captain so far in the limited-overs formats. Kohli has done a remarkable job since assuming India’s Test captaincy in June 2015. He has, as captain, won 16 of the 26 Tests, drawing seven and losing just three. But the ultimate test for him and the current Indian side is winning Tests abroad.
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