Former BCCI national selector Gagan Khoda feels that the current India captain shows his emotions more than his antecedent does not mean Dhoni was any less aggressive a captain.
Recalling Dhoni as India’s ODI and T20I captain in 2015 before Kohli took over all-formats in 2017, Khoda feels the former India captain was aggressive in his own way and that Virat continues to pick and inculcate Dhoni’s qualities in his leadership.
Gagan Khoda on Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli
“They say Virat Kohli is very aggressive, but MS Dhoni is not. I don’t believe in this. Aggression is not being vocal. MS Dhoni was aggressive and safe. You have to be as safe as a captain. Virat Kohli is aggressive and learning how to be safe. He’s learning very quickly. The only difference is that MS Dhoni is not vocal but he is equally aggressive,” Khoda told SportsKeeda.
Khoda reckons Dhoni was the perfect combination of aggression and being safe. When the time was right, Dhoni did not shy away from taking it to the opposition.
Furthermore, Khoda also expressed that Kohli is still learning ‘the art of balancing the two elements’ and believes he’ll hopefully succeed.
“You can’t attack and be aggressive all the time. You have to be aggressive and safe. MS Dhoni was a blend of both. Virat Kohli is reaching there,” Khoda said.
“MS Dhoni was a great captain and used to study the game very well. Virat Kohli is getting there and he is a very quick learner. He’ll admit his mistake and say he’ll do better next time,” he added.
Khoda was made part of India’s selection panel in November of 2015 and attended his tenure till January 2017.