Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson opened up on the leadership styles of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, saying that all three captains have their own method of leading the side.
Watson said that Virat Kohli is superhuman, while MS Dhoni has got ice running through his veins and Rohit Sharma is a natural leader. Notably, Watson played under Virat at Royal Challengers Bangalore and under Dhoni for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Virat as a leader, has done incredible things, the way he has been able to push players, he has got such high expectations of himself and he brings that to every game he plays. For me, I believe Virat is superhuman, he knows how to push players around him. Virat is an incredibly good guy, he is a well-balanced character off the field, the knowledge he has is fascinating. It was a great experience for me to work with Virat at RCB,” Watson said on the ‘ICC Review’.
“MS Dhoni has got ice running through his veins, his ability to take the pressure out of a team environment, he trusts his players, he makes sure everyone has faith in their abilities. He knows what works for himself and the people around him. He trusts his instincts on the field, he trusts that players will do their research and do what is needed on the field,” he added.
Last week, Rohit Sharma was appointed as the Test captain after Virat Kohli decided to step down earlier this year as the leader in the longest format.
“He is such a natural and easy leader. I watched him closely leading the Mumbai Indians and nothing seemed to faze him. He goes about his work incredibly well, he has had experience leading teams as well, captaining a franchise like Mumbai in high-pressure situations. There is always a high expectation from Mumbai in the IPL,” Watson further said.
“I love watching Rohit bat, he is an elegant batter and he brings that to his captaincy,” he added.
Rohit will lead the Indian Test side for the first time in the upcoming two-match series against Sri Lanka.