India’s coach Anil Kumble has praised MS Dhoni’s capatincy and applauded his decision to step down from the helm when he felt that Virat Kohli is ready to take over. Kumble looked back to the time when Dhoni took over the captaincy from him, and how he always “got the best out of the team.”
Kumble provided a comprehensive review of Dhon’s spell as the leader of the side- how the Ranchi-born star handled a dressing room full of seniors like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly to how he handled the transitional phase after those seniors had retired.
“The first phase was probably easy for me because I was old, it was easy for me to say ‘MS take over’.It was difficult for me to continue at that time, the body was not willing but I thought it was the right time for me to leave as well. MS (Dhoni) was ready to take over Test captaincy.
From there to 2007 to 2017, 10 years of captaincy is phenomenal. It goes to show the capabilities of MS as a leader and also what he has been able to achieve during the transition phase and also when the seniors left as well, it is not easy coming into the team as captain and having so many senior players. He managed them really well.
“Like how I felt back then it was the right time for MS to come in, it is great for the team to have MS on the field with Virat leading the side.-Kumble.
Kumble praised the timing of Dhoni’s decision to step down and believes that his presence on the field as a player will help Kohli grow as a leader.
In this team, besides Yuvi, everybody else has started their careers under MS. So that is the kind of transition he has seen. It has been phenomenal to be able to achieve. We all know the value that he brings as a player and as a batsman and keeper and of course his value on the field.