New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has opened up on his admiration for former India skipper MS Dhoni. In a recent interview, the batting star opener up on his captaincy, batting and balancing the dual roles perfectly on the cricket field. During the same conversation, he spoke highly of MS Dhoni and revealed that he would have liked to play under his captaincy.
MS Dhoni is one of the most decorated skippers in the history of cricket. Under his captaincy, Team India reached unprecedented heights in all the three formats. Under him, India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. Till date, he remains the only captain to have won all the three ICC tournaments.
He also led India to the number one ranking in Tests for the very first time. As ODI captain, he has won 55 percent of the 200 games he captained the team (110 wins, 74 defeats, 5 tied, 11 NR). In T20Is, MS Dhoni has a 58.33 win percentage with 42 victories in 72 games as captain. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman retired from international cricket earlier this year.
Kane Williamson on MS Dhoni:
During the interview, Kane Williamson was asked, “Is there a captain from history you would have liked to have played under/learned from?”
In reply, Kane Williamson told Gray Nicolls: “MS Dhoni is someone I’ve always admired in the way he operates.”
Kane Williamson also revealed how he sees himself as a leader of the Black Caps. On being asked to describe himself as a leader, he reckoned that being inclusive and understanding the players helps him in leading the team.
“Tough question – I always feel it’s easier for other people to describe your leadership. However, I think it’s important to understand the people in your group and get buy-in from everyone; being inclusive can help people move in a similar direction,” said Kane Williamson.