Updated December 15th, 2023 at 23:06 IST

'I don't think anyone can be compared to him': KL Rahul on MS Dhoni and his leadership aura

MS Dhoni's last match for India ended in a heartbreak during the 2019 World Cup in England. India lost the match to New Zealand.

Reported by: Vishal Tiwari
KL Rahul and MS Dhoni | Image:RCB
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In a recent interview, Indian cricketer KL Rahul expressed profound admiration for former captain MS Dhoni, highlighting the unparalleled leadership qualities that make Dhoni an iconic figure in the cricketing world. Rahul's words reflect the sentiment shared by many within the Indian cricket team, as they continue to draw inspiration from Dhoni's captaincy legacy.

3 things you need to know

  • MS Dhoni was the captain of the Indian cricket team from 2007 to 2016
  • He currently leads Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League
  • KL Rahul is also part of the leadership group in the Indian men's team

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KL Rahul on MS Dhoni and his captaincy

KL Rahul began by emphasizing that MS Dhoni stands head and shoulders above others when it comes to leadership in cricket. Dhoni's calm demeanor on the field, strategic acumen, and ability to handle pressure situations have left an indelible mark on Indian cricket. Rahul acknowledged that Dhoni's leadership style is unique and has set a benchmark for aspiring captains.

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I don't think anyone can be compared to MS Dhoni. All of us in the team, when we say leader, when we say captain, MS Dhoni is the first name which comes to our mind," KL Rahul said on MensXP. Dhoni officially retired as India cricketer on August 15, 2020. He announced the news on Instagram. 

KL Rahul's words echo the sentiments of many other cricketers who recognize MS Dhoni not just as a player but as a leader par excellence. Former India skipper Virat Kohli, who eventually succeeded Dhoni as captain of the team, has always held high regard for his mentor cum teammate. 

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On Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced they will retire the No. 7 jersey in honour of the great man. Dhoni's last match for India ended in a heartbreak during the 2019 World Cup in England. India lost the match to New Zealand and failed to reach the final of the competition. 

 

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Published December 15th, 2023 at 23:06 IST