On NDTV’s popular show Walk the Talk with Shekhar Gupta, 2015’s leading bowler and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin spoke about how he feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli are contrasting personalities as captains.
He revealed how Dhoni and Kohli deal with players during a match.
He also spoke about a fantastic 2015 with 62 wickets in nine Tests and his milestone achievement to become the first Indian bowler since 1973 after Bishan Singh Bedi to finish the year in number one position in Tests.
Excerpts from the interview:
On best bowler prospects: To be the best spinner in the world is something that I always wanted to be but I am not there yet I reckon. I think the wheel keeps reinventing itself and one fine day, I’ll surely get there but at this point in time, I’m very happy to be at least contemplated for being the best in the world.
On overseas performance: People just like to say some negative things about others but I don’t attach enough importance to where I play and all that. I think the utmost important thing for me is to win games for your country, win games for your team, and if you ask me, if I retire with 10 Test tons, I’d be very happy.
On Dhoni and Kohli: I think what distinguishes Mahendra Singh Dhoni from the rest of the captains is that he’s not very vocal, he doesn’t communicate a lot. There are situations when in a game you feel like, ‘Oh my God!’ we are expecting a reaction and he just leaves his reaction in his kit bag and goes back to the room. I think that’s a quality that is very, very hard to acquire. Right or wrong, is another issue altogether, but it’s a very difficult quality to acquire, because when emotions are flaring high, you always make the wrong decision.
What separates Virat Kohli from the rest is his sheer zeal and enthusiasm. In his (Kohli’s) brief career as a captain he’s someone who is striving for excellence all the time and at the same time, pushing other players to excel. This I think is a great quality.