Virat Kohli does not have to be the only leader in the Indian side: Jonty Rhodes

first_imgVirat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore was forced to be content with the wooden spoon in IPL 2019. That’s three times in a row that RCB finished in the bottom half of the points table.But when Virat Kohli dons the captain’s hat for team India, things change completely. Statistically, Virat is the most successful Indian skipper in one day cricket, with winning rate of close to 74 percent in the 68 games he has led India. That comfortably beats MS Dhoni’s captaincy record of winning 59.50 percent games out of the 200 he has led India in.Does it boil down to superior personnel that Virat Kohli has while leading team India? How much does it help that he has vice captain Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni beside him in making real time tactical moves?Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes thinks there are no bragging rights to be won in singularly leading a team to success and sees no harm in having multiple leaders in different departments in a side.”It’s important as a leader that you have to lead by example. But the interesting thing is you don’t always have to lead from the front. Dhoni’s example was of setting incredible standards on fitness and control mindset point of view. So there are different styles of leadership. Kohli’s style is to take things by the scruff of the neck and he likes to impose his stamp on the game. It’s fine when you are doing well but you also have to inspire the guys around you. The Indian team has got a fine balance of youth and experienced so he doesn’t have to be the only leader within the side,” he tells India Today.advertisementRohit Sharma, the most successful IPL captain with four trophies, will serve as Virat’s deputy at World Cup 2019. India’s leader of the 2011 winning World Cup campaign MS Dhoni makes a lot of decisions for Virat when the captain chooses to field in the outfield. Jonty sees nothing wrong in that.”As a captain, sure you make all the decisions. But when you have senior players, it’s trusting your senior players to be leaders in their departments. Because there is so much pressure on you as a captain. You might have more time in 50 overs’ as opposed to a T20, but you still want to be making the right decisions,” he says.Also Read | When MS Dhoni suggested a Rs 10,000 fine, no one was ever late again for team meetingsAlso Read | IPL 2019: Why Virat Kohli has been unable to do what Rohit and Dhoni do so oftenAlso Seelast_img

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