Former Indian cricketer Rajat Bhatia has described Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the big hand behind the team’s final in the IPL 2017 Rising Pune Super Giants. He said he does not see Steve Smith as a good leader and that he is not on his top 10 leaders list. Rajat praised Gautam Gambhir’s leadership and said it was a very fun game under his leadership.
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Rajat Bhatia shares his thoughts on IPL in the first installment of Sports Tiger’s new interview series Interact, Personal, Laugh and Life. Bhatia, who has played under many captains, shared the experience of playing under the leadership of his Delhi teammates Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag. There was no maturity under his leadership. But when we both headed to the KKR squad, I doubted whether I could enjoy their captaincy or not, but if you and your captain are from the same state, that’s a big advantage because they know what they need. Gautam was aware of this and I played for two years in Delhi Daredevils under the leadership of Virender Sehwag. When Gautam was the KKR leader, he made me part of his XI XI and gave me endless opportunities. He would always say that he trusts me and knows how to use me and that is why I enjoy being in his leadership. ‘
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Rajat Bhatia said Rising Pune’s team reached the final in IPL 2017 but not Mahendra Singh Dhoni but Smith. He said, ‘You can never compare Dhoni to Steve Smith. Speaking of all 10 franchises, Smith is not among the top-10 leaders for me. I was quite impressed when Smith handed over the Rajasthan Royals captain. Smith had no knowledge of leadership and did not know which bowler to bring in and who to rely on for the death overs. It is not Steve Smith who has reached the final in 2017, but Bhatia believes that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the reason.