MS Dhoni’s captaincy was complete opposite to what I thought: RCB captain Faf du Plessis

Written by Sumit Seth

Faf du Plessis recalled his initial days at Chennai Super Kings after being appointed as the new captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

Faf pointed out that it was a new culture for him even in terms of captaincy when he joined the Chennai Super Kings in 2011. The new RCB skipper further added that he will bring his own style of leadership and cannot try to be Virat Kohli.

The 37-year-old Du Plessis has been an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings side under Dhoni since 2012 and also played for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants.

”I’m very lucky that I’ve been around some fantastic leaders in my journey in cricket. I grew up with Graeme Smith, who is South Africa’s best leader ever,” the former South African skipper was quoted as saying on the RCB website.

”And then the 10 years with MS and Stephen Fleming, two fantastic leaders.

“I do think that there’s a similarity in MS’ style and my style in terms that we both are very relaxed characters,” Du Plessis said.

”The crazy thing for me really is when I started with Chennai, I had this idea of what captaincy and leadership look like.

”And MS was completely opposite to what I thought it would look like because of my culture in South Africa,” Du Plessis said. ”And I came into this environment like, this guy’s completely different than I thought it should be.” Bought for a whopping Rs 7 crore by RCB after an aggressive bidding war between his former franchise CSK and Delhi Capitals, Du Plessis will have his task cutout to end the trophy drought for the three-time runners-up side.

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