Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 16:00 IST

'Equal to MS Dhoni': Sanjay Manjrekar thinks India player's leadership and instinct is like MSD

A former Team India batter has shared his delight over KL Rahul's instincts as a captain and compared it with one of India's most successful skipper, MS Dhoni.

Reported by: Pavitra Shome
MS Dhoni recently went through a knee surgery after the conclusion of the IPL 2023. | Image:BCCI
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The Indian Cricket Team, led by KL Rahul, secured a whooping win in the three-match ODI series against Australia. With a mix of veteran instinct and young talent, the Men in Blue secured a win in the series decider match after both teams secured a win each. With the T20I series ending in a draw, the win in the ODI series was much needed to set their dominance ahead of the test matches. 

Three things you need to know

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  • Suryakumar Yadav led Team India in the T20I series
  • KL Rahul took charge of the ODI squad against South Africa
  • Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian Cricket team in the red-ball games

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Former India batter hails KL Rahul's mindset as a captain

Former Indian Cricket Team batter Sanjay Manjrekar merits KL Rahul's recent performance as a skipper in the ODI series against South Africa. Manjrekar said that he took smart DRS calls and levelled one of KL's aspects with the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni. While speaking to ESPNcricinfo, the former India batter mentioned:

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'These days, when you see KL Rahul on the ground, he looks very relaxed and in a good mind space. He captained as expected. He looks comfortable in the leadership role. He has led a lot in the IPL, in a Test match in South Africa and in one-day matches as well. You can expect KL Rahul not to make any big mistake. He is an expert in DRS. His instinct is equal to MS Dhoni.'

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Sai Sudharsan presented with the Impact Fielder medal due to KL Rahul's selfless act

Not only did KL Rahul become the second-only skipper after Virat Kohli to win an ODI series against South Africa, he had a great day as a wicketkeeper on the field. KL made six catches throughout the ODI series, and it was highlighted during the team's dressing room medal ceremony for the Impact Fielder of the Series.

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Fielding Coach Ajay Ratra selected KL Rahul and Sai Sudharsan as the top competitors, but KL selflessly asked for the reward to go to Sai. A loud cheer was heard as Coach Ratra presented the medal to the debutant.

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Published December 22nd, 2023 at 14:31 IST