When it comes to winning T20 tournaments, Daren Sammy definitely knows a thing or two about it. The former West Indies skipper is still the only captain to lead a side to two T20 World Cups. Under him, the Caribbean outfit lifted the biggest prize in T2oIs in 2012 and 2016.
And as the cricket world gears up for the biggest franchise T20 tournament in the world – IPL, Daren Sammy has explained what makes Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians so successful. Mumbai and Chennai are the most successful teams in the history of the league.
While Mumbai have won the tournament four times, Chennai have laid their hands on trophy three times. Daren Sammy credited MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma for both the teams’ success. Dhoni has been leading Chennai since 2008 while Mumbai have won all of their four trophies under Rohit.
Stressing that MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are similar in quite a few ways, Daren Sammy said both the captains have the ability to identify players and understand what they are capable of when it comes to delivering in crunch situations.
Dig at Virat Kohli?
In order to explain the reason behind the success of Mumbai Indians and Super Kings, Daren Sammy cited the example of Royal Challengers Bangalore. The former West Indies skipper, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2015, stated that despite being full of superstars, the Bangalore-based outfit has failed to do well because of their captain Virat Kohli’s failure to lead men.
He also cheekily stated that both Dhoni and Rohit have the ability to form a team to fight for the team’s cause and not for personal accolades.
“Well, you’re talking about probably one of the greatest captains, if not the greatest captain India have had in MS Dhoni. And if you look at Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians and what they have been able to do compared to RCB who are always full of superstars, one thing is common is the ability to lead men and put a team of players together to fight not just for personal accolades but team success becomes more important,” Daren Sammy told India Today.
He further lauded Dhoni and Rohit, saying that both the men know how to motivate their teammates.
“If you look at how Dhoni motivates his players, how he puts them in situations that he knows they can handle, and Rohit is the same. But also, you need the personnel to back you and believe in the method to success and you also need the skills,” said the World Cup-winning captain.
“These two teams have had those guys and they have had the core, with Dhoni and Suresh Raina, from the first IPL they have been there together and it’s a core unit which the built and new guys coming into a culture that is successful, it’s easier to adapt to that. And over the years, by them playing together, they gather experience. ‘
“Last year, Mumbai won the league because of their experience with Lasith Malinga and Pollard and all these guys in the dressing room,” he added.