Ravi Ashwin speaks up about the difference in the approach of the former Indian team captain MS Dhoni and the current Indian captain Virat Kohli. Ashwin admits that MS Dhoni’s maturity is commendable and Virat Kohli is totally different from MSD and is confronting and aggressive captain.
In an interview with Times of India, Ashwin said, “It’s a very energy consuming job and a thankless job. After five years of captaincy, one should take voluntary retirement from it (laughs). I take my hat off to MS Dhoni. He did a commendable job, especially in a country where people wanted his head for a very long time.”
He added, “He insulated the team from a lot of pressure. The first thing that comes to my mind when you say MS Dhoni as captain is maturity.”
“Virat has just taken over from him and he is a completely different individual. He likes confrontation, he likes to be in the thick of things, he’s extremely aggressive.” He further adds, “Sometimes I feel that he’s so aggressive that I get a little scared. I wonder whether I should remove this fielder or not (laughs).”
30-year-oldwent on to add, “The one thing with Virat is that you will never be wondering if that fielder has been put there in an attacking position or not. He has evolved as a cricketer and as a person in the last couple of years. He’s probably a generation transforming individual.”
Ravichandran Ashwin gained the popularity with Chennai Super kings under the captaincy of MS Dhoni and eventually debuted for the Indian National Team in 2011 against West Indies under the captaincy of MSD.
With MSD being the most successful captain for India and achieving a feat which no other captain in the world achieved; leading the team in 331 across matches across all three formats. Ranchi-boy also remains the only captain to win all the ICC Trophies.
Ravi Ashwin played has been an integral part of the Indian team and has performed excellently every time. His performance this season at home has been impressive too. 30-year-old played the whole season with a sports hernia, as a result of which he was ruled out of IPL 10. However, the Chennai-born off-spinner is expected to be fully fit by the time IPL ends and will be ready to play ICC Champions Trophy which is scheduled to begin in June.