MS Dhoni ‘s contributions to Indian cricket are unparalleled, which is possibly why the mind goes blank when you have to think of a name as a replacement for the former India captain. But Suresh Raina, one of Dhoni’s closest friends, named an Indian cricketer in whom he saw the shades of his Chennai Super Kings captain. And the player is none other than Rohit Sharma.
Raina believes that Rohit has wonderful credentials as captain. The left-handed batsman, who played under Dhoni for India and in the IPL under CSK and also under Rohit at the 2018 Nidahas Trophy, called the opening batsman the “next MS Dhoni,” which might sound very ambitious at first, but makes you really wonder later.
“To the Indian cricket team I ‘d say he’s the next MS Dhoni,” Raina said on The Super Over Podcast. “I’ve seen him, he ‘s cool, he likes to listen, he likes to give the players confidence and, besides, he likes to lead from the front. If the captain leads from the front while at the same time maintaining the environment of the dressing room, you know that you have it all.
“He thinks everyone is a captain. I saw him; I played under him in Bangladesh when we won the Asia Cup. I’ve seen how he gives confidence to young players like Shardul [Thakur], Washington Sundar and of course [Yuzvendra] Chahal.