MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are the two successful captains of the cash-rich tournament – Indian Premier League where Rohit led Mumbai Indians to the title four times and Dhoni thrice. However, the veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh who has played both under them said that Dhoni is not a captain who will tell his players what to do on the field unless they don’t have ideas themselves. He also said that Dhoni allows the bowlers to form their own plans and going by it and he only interferes when they're struggling with their plans.
"He is not a captain who says, do this, do that. He wants you to do what you know you can do. Bowl what you know you can. If you can bowl six offspinners, do that. Yes, he has nudged me at times - from behind the stumps or at change of overs - saying, this guy is trying to do this or will try this. But he never tells me what to do," Harbhajan Singh told The Cricket Monthly.
He also recalled an incident during a game for Chennai Super Kings where the pacer Shardul Thakur was getting hit but Dhoni didn't ask him to change his bowling so that he doesn’t get confused.
Singh further added, "Once Shardul Thakur was bowling in Pune (for CSK). He was getting hit every ball. First ball four, second ball six. I went to Dhoni and told him, "Why don't you tell him [Thakur] to change the angle or push a fielder back?" As if he had all the time in the world, Dhoni said to me, "Bhajju pa, if I tell him anything now, he will get confused. Khaane do (Let him get hit). He knew we could afford to get hit because we had already qualified for the playoffs.”
When he was asked about Rohit Sharma's captaincy style, He said that Rohit Shrma is someone who always thinks about wickets despite giving freedoms to the bowlers. He added that Rohit gives attacking field if the bowlers wants but it is not compulsory to change the field whenever a left-hander comes. However, he thought that captain plays a key role to play in T20s.
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