Virat Kohli is a batting sensation and he’s often compared to a superhuman because of the unimaginable records he is setting. Though he is equally good as a captain, there have been several comparisons between him and Dhoni in captainship abilities. And adding to it, Dhoni’s childhood coach Keshab Ranjan Banerjee emphasized that despite being a legendary batsman, Virat Kohli lacks in match-reading skills.
“In terms of match-reading and forming strategies, Dhoni is still unparallel. Even Kohli doesn’t have that. So Kohli needs to take some advice. If Dhoni would not have been part of the Indian team, there would be nobody to help him. Virat still needs time as captain and advice from Dhoni would only help him,” Banerjee said.
India will open their campaign in the World Cup against South Africa on June 5 and there’s been a lot of talk about a weak middle order, especially with no specialist at No 4. Dhoni is the answer to the No 4 riddle, Banerjee opined.
“I feel Dhoni should bat at No 4 in the World Cup. It is a team management decision but that’s my personal opinion. If he bats at No 4, batsmen after him can play freely,” he said.
“When he bats at no 4, he has the luxury of spending some time and then bats freely. But he has to hit right from ball one if he drops down at 5 or 6. Then he has to take risks,” he reasoned.
After captaining the Indian team for close to 9 years, MS Dhoni passed on his legacy to Virat Kohli in 2017. In fact, despite taking the added responsibility as a captain, Kohli has evolved as one of the greatest batsmen of all-time.