IPL 2019: RCB’s strongest playing XI if MS Dhoni was the captain

There ain't many changes in this XI to the one Kohli plants, but having Dhoni at the helm is a completely different dynamic. 

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

When we talk about great captains, some of the names that definitely pop in the discussion are – Ricky Ponting, Clive Lloyd, Graeme Smith, Arjuna Ranatunga, Steve Waugh, Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly and of course, MS Dhoni. From nurturing youngsters to superstars and escalating the standard of their nation’s cricket, these captains will always remain in the hearts of fans.

At this point in time, someone who desperately needs a captain who can bring the best out of a limited squad are the Royal Challengers Bangalore. They slumped to new lows on Saturday with the team losing their fifth match on the trot this season. Skipper Virat Kohli was left awestruck out of heartbreak as Andre Russell powered KKR to an improbable win. 

Is there something wrong with the team management or the captain? This definitely cannot be bad luck considering how many times the story has repeated over the years. We tried analyzing how MS Dhoni would’ve used the resources he has at disposal right now and here’s the XI we thougt the 2011 WorldCup-winningg captain would plan.

1. Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis. (Photo Source: Twitter)

One of the most important things MS Dhoni would resort is the opening combination, which looks pretty pale with Parthiv Patel opening. Dhoni always prefers cricketers with experience at the top in this format, regardless of how much they have played in that position. The case of Ambati Rayudu was a classic example.

Marcus Stoinis could earn a promotion if the Indian legend were to take up duties. Stoinis has opened the innings for the Melbourne Stars previously and is a pretty high-rated batting all-rounder. MSD always believes the best batters in the team should play the most number of deliveries and hence, he could be right up there.


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