Virat Kohli’s captaincy is ‘work in progress’, he is impulsive: Ashish Nehra

Former India pacer Ashish Nehra is known for not mincing words and is usually loud and clear with his thoughts. In a recent interview with his former Delhi teammate Aakash Chopra, Nehra reflected on the captaincy of different captains he has played under.

Ashish Nehra said he won’t be able to speak much on the captaincy of Virat Kohli as he hasn’t played a lot of cricket under him but he feels that his captaincy is ‘still, a work in progress’. Nehra added that he thinks Virat Kohli is impulsive as a captain.

“Virat Kohli as a player needs no recognition as his career graph tells the entire story. Kohli as a player has done amazingly well, in captaincy I still feel he is a work in progress. I can say he is a little bit impulsive captain.”

The former left-arm pacer said Kohli should continue to be aggressive on the field as it brings the best out of him but should be careful with his decision making.

Ashish Nehra, who was part of Indian squad which won the 2011 World Cup, heaped rich praises on MS Dhoni and called him a ‘very calculative captain’. Nehra said Dhoni would think of giving maximum chances to everyone in the team and formed a great partnership with former India coach Gary Kirsten.

Nehra said people think Dhoni is a reserved cricketer and doesn’t interact much but it’s not completely right. He said his room is open for everyone even in the night, one can go there, order food and talk about cricket to him. The former Delhi bowler said Dhoni gives his advice and messages in between the conversation and an international cricketer should easily catch it.

Ashish Nehra played under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly in his budding years. Talking about his former captain he said that Ganguly had fixed his players who would deliver for him and he would back them to an extent that he won’t even mind fighting with selectors or president for them.

When asked about the difference between Sourav Ganguly and Ashish Nehra as captains, Nehra said that the former had the challenge of leading youngsters, while Dhoni on the other hand had the task of leading the seniors in the team.

“Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni, both knew how to bring the best out of their players, you can be a good captain only then. When Ganguly became took the captaincy role, the team was was rebuilding itself, for MS Dhoni the best part he had Gary Kirsten as the coach and the team was also ready. MS Dhoni had a challenge of captaining many seniors in the team while Ganguly had the challenge of leading many youngsters.”

“Sourav Ganguly would mark his players and back them even if he had to fight with the selectors, chairman or president of the board, which was a very good thing. MS Dhoni is a very calculative captain, he is not impulsive captain, he is cool and calm. He thought of giving chances to as many players as possible.”

“Dhoni formed a good partnership with Gary Kirsten and during his reign Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and others were still playing. Even when he was appointed the captain of India’s 2007 T20 World Cup team, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh were there,” he added.

The cricketer-turned-commentator added that’s not an easy thing to do and he should be appreciated for the way he carried himself and the team.

Ashish Nehra himself was a senior player who played under Dhoni for a long period.

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