Although Virat Kohli has surpassed Dhoni in several captaincy records already, for many the Ranchi-born wicket-keeper batsman still remains the best skipper to have led the Indian team in history. When former England captain Michael Vaughan was asked about his take on the international captains of this era, he picked out many names but termed Dhoni as the “best white-ball captain he has ever seen”.
The first person Vaughan hailed for his captaincy was New Zealand’s Kane Williamson who is known around the cricketing spectrum for his humble, calm and composed approach. It was under his leadership that the Kiwis reached the final of the 2019 ICC World Cup a few months ago.
“Kane Williamson is outstanding. has the gift to lead without having to say too much. He can manoeuvre his team in a sensible way and not a noisy way. Everyone realizes he is the leader, the power,” Vaughan was quoted as saying in an interview with the Times of India.
Eoin Morgan, the man who helped England earn their first ICC World Cup title, was also praised by Vaughan. But when it comes to the limited overs formats, Vaughan was clear in calling Dhoni ‘the best’.
“Eoin Morgan was a revelation in 50-over cricket. MS Dhoni doesn’t do international captaincy anymore but in our era, Dhoni is the best white-ball captain I have seen…the way he manoeuvres from behind the stump, just reads play, thinks out of the box, handles the pressure card and is also great with the bat,” he said.