The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been running for 16 years, with the only constants being Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player Virat Kohli. Both cricketers have an avid fan following and are idolised by many aspiring players in the country. However, the number of IPL titles won by both are poles apart.
During an interaction with Sportskeeda, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram was asked, ‘What if Dhoni was the captain of RCB?’ To this, he replied that Dhoni would have won three titles for RCB.
“RCB teen dafa trophies jeet chuka hota abhi tak (RCB would have won three titles). They have immense fan support and also the best player of the modern era – Virat Kohli. He has been there with the RCB since the IPL started. But unfortunately, they haven’t won the trophy. Dhoni hota to inko jeeta chukka hota (Had Dhoni been the RCB skipper, he would have led them to title victory),” Akram told Sportskeeda.
“I don’t know where did he lag. He is a very hard-working boy. Maybe he was concentrating on Indian cricket so much and in the IPL, captaincy burdens you sometimes. So, he is better of where he is. He is doing a lot better and seems like he’s enjoying his game,” he added.
Dhoni is a captain who instills confidence in his players: Akram
“And if we speak about Dhoni, he has the habit. Because captaincy is a habit. Even Virat developed it eventually. He isn’t calm inside, and doesn’t reflect on his face. But the player knows who sometimes gets shouted at or gets a pat on the back. So, Dhoni is a captain who instils confidence in his players,” Akram concluded.