Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 23:10 IST

'His instinct is equal to MS Dhoni': Sanjay Manjrekar names the Indian player who emulates MS Dhoni

Riding on Sanju Samson's maiden ODI ton India defeated South Africa in the 3rd and final ODI in Paarl to claim the series 2-1.

Anirban Sarkar
MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni | Image:PTI

India cruised to a historic 2-1 series win over South Africa as they clinched a 78-run victory in the final ODI in Paarl. Sanju Samson scored his maiden century as Team India while Arshdeep Singh shone with the ball. This is also Team India's KL Rahul's first taste of success as a captain.

3 things you need to know

  • India sealed the ODI series against South Africa 2-1
  • Sanju Samson scored his maiden century in the game
  • This is KL Rahul's first success as an Indian captain

India defeated South Africa to win the ODI series 2-1

As Rohit Sharma decided to take a time off following India's gruelling World Cup campaign, KL Rahul was handed over the charge to lead the team. The young looked side maintained the consistency throughout the series and will gather some much needed experience. Players like Rinku Singh and Sai Sudhasan made their names with some spectacular batting and they are expected to get the ball rolling in near future.

Sanjay Manjrekar compared KL Rahul with MS Dhoni

Former Indian batsman and eminent commentator compared KL Rahul's captaincy with MS Dhoni. He pointed out that Rahul is very similar to the former Indian captain and has also emerged an expert in the DRS just like the 42 year old.


In an interaction with ESPN Cricinfo he said, “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.”

He went on to add, “It seems like Indian cricket is running on autopilot. Suryakumar Yadav won as captain recently, KL Rahul now. Rohit Sharma has also won a lot of games for India. A lot of credit for the success must go to the players. Captaincy is good, but not game-changing. It’s the players who are doing really well."


Published December 22nd, 2023 at 23:09 IST

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