West Indies great Clive Lloyd has said he liked the way MS Dhoni led India during his stint as captain. Lloyd said he has played against five different Indian captains and he liked Bishan Singh Bedi’s style the most.
“When I was playing, I had seen five different Indian captains: Tiger Pataudi, Ajit Wadekar, Bishan Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev. They had their own distinctive styles. I found Bedi quite good,” Lloyd told The Times of India.
From the new generation of Indian skippers, Lloyd praised Sourav Ganguly and Dhoni for inspiring their teammates.
“In recent times, it has to be Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni. Dhoni was such a fantastic captain. He was quite inspirational, a good tactician and led the team with a lot of authority. I liked his style of captaincy.”
Dhoni is the only captain to win all the ICC global tournaments — ICC World Twenty20 (2007), ICC World Cup (2011) and ICC Champions Trophy (2013).
Lloyd also praised Virat Kohli as a batsman but said he was still a work in progress as fas as his captaincy was concerned.
“Virat is still a work in progress and it will take us some time to take a final call on his captaincy. But yes, he has shown positive signs. Yes, he is aggressive, but as long as he doesn’t cross the line, it’s fine by me. Aggression, after all, is not a bad thing,” he said.
Lloyd was also said the Indian captain’s calibre is such that he would make a number of great sides across generations.
“There’s no doubt about the fact that Kohli is an exceptional batsman. He is doing a few great things for his country and if you ask me whether he would have made my side, I would say yes. In fact, Kohli would make a number of great sides across generations,” said Lloyd.
During the Indian Premier League earlier this year, MS Dhoni also had a take on Kohli. An opinion as simple as Dhoni seems to be.
Dhoni and Kohli have completely contrasting style of leaderships. While Dhoni operated in a calm and composed manner, Kohli’s style is a bit more on the aggressive side of things.
However, Dhoni felt Kohli as a captain is good. “He’s very good,” Dhoni said.
Dhoni then spoke about what makes for a successful captain.
“I always felt a good captain is the one who understands the individuals. Because if you don’t know a player’s strength or weakness, you cannot give him the proper advice.
“I think it’s important how good you are as a team and how good you are as an individual, who helps others to perform,” Dhoni said.