Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal has praised Shikhar Dhawan. Akmal said that Shikhar Dhawan’s captaincy has a glimpse of former Indian captain MS Dhoni. Under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian team won the ODI series by 2-1 against Sri Lanka. Also, Dhawan’s-led won the first T20 International match by 38 runs on Sunday.
Dhawan is getting a lot of praise for his calm and gentle captaincy. Akmal, however, praised Dhawan, saying that Shikhar’s captaincy reminds him a bit of Dhoni.
Speaking on his YouTube channel Akmal said:
“Shikhar Dhawan’s captaincy in the first T20I was really good. The bowling changes and field placings were impressive. Dhawan seems like a cool captain. In fact, I can seen shades of MS Dhoni in Dhawan’s calm and composed captaincy. He took excellent decisions under pressure and did not panic even after Sri Lanka got off to a quick start. To win by 38 runs after the Lankans were 20 for no loss after two overs was an excellent effort and Dhawan must get some credit for it. Of course, the bowlers were also brilliant.”
The 39-year-old also praised India’s bowling while defending a total of 164, especially the performance of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who claimed 4 for 22. The Pakistan cricketer said:
Vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar brought all his experience into play. He is a class bowler. A target of 165 is very much attainable in today’s T20 cricket but India’s bowling was top-notch and Sri Lanka’s batting could not stand up to the challenge.”