Former India pacer Ashish Nehra has played under the captaincy of some big names in the Indian Premier League. The former pacer, who retired from the game in 2018, played under the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Mahela Jayawardene, MS Dhoni and David Warner during his illustrious IPL career.
In his nine seasons in the IPL, he won the title once in 2016 when he played under the captaincy of Warner. Ashish Nehra retired from the IPL after the 2017 season. Overall, he played 88 matches in IPL, picking a total of 106 wickets at an average of 23.53.
Given his experience in international cricket and in the IPL, it is safe to say that Ashish Nehra knows very well about rating captains. And the former pacer believes MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are the best captains in the IPL. In a recent interview, the World Cup-winning pacer said that Rohit and Dhoni are the best in the business because of their passion.
“In the later stages of my career, I played with him at Chennai Super Kings. There have been suggestions recently that he is overly passionate when it comes to CSK. Yes, he is very passionate about CSK but that doesn’t mean he is any less passionate when playing for India. I would rather say that it’s a good thing that an IPL captain is so attached to his franchise. Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are the two best captains in IPL because they are passionate about their jobs,” Ashish Nehra told The Times of India.
“Leading an IPL team is not an easy job as it may seem to a lot of people. Unlike national teams, you get just two months to build a team and get it to perform. Captaining in T20s is tougher than Tests and ODIs. You have to remain calm and know your players really well to make decisions when the game moves so fast. Dhoni’s calm is the template and Rohit has also grown in the same manner,” he added.
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