Wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has developed himself as a big asset in limited overs cricket for Team India. Although the player hasn’t yet broken into the Test side, his performances in ODIs and T20Is is something captains bank upon, no matter whether it is MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma who is leading the team. Chahal got the opportunity to play under Rohit at the Asia Cup in Dubai as Kohli decided to take a break. With Dhoni always leading from behind the stumps, Chahal has had the opportunity to learn from these three influential leaders but when it comes to a comparison, the 28-year-old says they all have very different styles.
Kohli is proving why he is one of the most influential leaders in world cricket by taking the Indian team to new heights. Dhoni’s achievements aren’t something that is anonymous to any cricket fan while Rohit also recently bagged a big silverware as he led the Indian team to Asia Cup triumph. Since Rohit’s triumph in Dubai, comparisons of the trio are something that the fans have been busy talking about. When asked about the same, Chahal told Timesofindia.com, “All three (Dhoni, Virat and Rohit) have different styles of captaincy. You can’t compare their captaincy styles”.
Chahal gave an insight into how Dhoni’s words of advice and constant chatter from behind the stumps has helped him become a better bowler in general and plot dismissals of batsmen in particular situations. “I turn to Dhoni bhai whenever I am in trouble or need any advice during a match,” Chahal said.
“Dhoni bhai has amazing observation skills. He can tell from behind the stumps that a bowler has a doubt or has questions by our body language alone. Whenever I am in doubt, he comes and solves the problem. Not just me, other bowlers too take help from him. We all are lucky to have him in the team,” Chahal added.
In the Asia Cup, Dhoni was seen helping Rohit in the field changes or giving additional tips to bowlers, with one of them being extremely successful when a field change helped Ravindra Jadeja dismiss Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh instantly. Speaking about such events, Chahal added: “During the match, Rohit Sharma (stand-in captain) was having a discussion with Dhoni bhai. Rohit bhai came and asked me to bowl in the Powerplay. I looked at Dhoni bhai, he rushed towards me and asked me to bowl ‘stump to stump’. I did just that and trapped Imam Ul Haq lbw.”
Dhoni and Chahal would both be next seen rubbing the shoulders in the ODI series against West Indies, starting October 21.