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IPL 2018: Captaincy is not a difficult job, says MS Dhoni

CSK is back in IPL and once again MS Dhoni is set to lead the team in the 11th edition of the tournament.


Former Indian cricket team skipper MS Dhoni is known for his cool captaincy skills. Dhoni was once just a wicket-keeper batsman who was handed the job to lead the young team in inaugural T20I World Cup in 2007 and rest is history.

Dhoni had led India squad to three major International Cricket Council(ICC) tournament titles — T20 World Cup 2007, One day International World Cup 2011 and ICC Champion Trophy in 2013.

Other than the Men-In-Blue, Dhoni had also led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and helped them win two IPL titles. Dhoni is a master tactician when it comes to the cricket ground.

After the break of two years, CSK is back in IPL and once again former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is set to lead the team in the eleventh edition of the tournament.

On Friday, when Dhoni was asked if it is going to be difficult for him to lead the team after a break as a captain, he said, “I never captained any team before I became captain of the Indian cricket team.”

“I don’t think it is a difficult job. Secondly, the wicketkeeper is always considered the vice-captain of a team. He is somebody who is in the position to watch the game very closely. He understands the pace of the wicket, how the bowler is bowling, how the batsman is batting,” MS Dhoni added.

Not just Dhoni, but there are so many wicket-keepers who had led their side to greatness. For example, Aussie legend Adam Gilchrist had led Deccan Chargers to victory in the IPL 2009 and not to forget Kumar Sangakkara’s stint with the Sri Lankan team.

“Before a few of us – the wicketkeepers – started captaining sides, there was talk about why burden keepers with more responsibility. But stats have proved that wicketkeepers have always been good captains. Maybe because they are so close to the game, they have a very good analysis of the game,” MS Dhoni said.

However, Dhoni also said that it also depends upon the team, for being a good captain one need a very good team.

“You need to have a good team. If the resources aren’t good, it doesn’t matter who the captain is, be it Ricky Ponting or Steve Waugh or Clive Lloyd. So you need to have a good, strong team.”