Throughout history, the role of World Cup T20 Captain has been coveted by luminaries from Swedish Monarchs through to Sourav Ganguly
The latest World Cup has been won and lost, and with its passing comes the crowning of a new king.
This time, the appointment was given to the fairly obvious choice of MS Dhoni. By obvious, I mean not obvious. Like knowing that Jonathan Trott’s real first name is Ian. Not obvious.
Anyhow, this appointment clearly proves that you too can one day be a World Cup T20 XI captain.
Here is how you do it.
Step 1 – Catch the ball
As a wicket keeper / batsman, it is critical that to be selected captain that you shine with the gloves. Dhoni’s three catches for the tournament displayed the fearless leadership one would expect from a T20 captain
Step 2 – Star with the bat
8 matches played
Batted in 5
Made runs in 4
Runs made 50
With stats like these, including a 0*(1) vs South Africa, you can see why the selectors had an easy job in justifying Dhoni’s selection.
Step 3 – Have match fixing allegations over your head
A vital, yet often forgotten step. The captain of any world XI needs to be beyond reproach. Dhoni clearly fits the bill. The fact his name probably appears in a sealed envelope sitting with the Supreme Court of India with other match fixers puts him in the highest company.
Step 4 – Be a Vice President of India Cements
How else can one be President of a side if he hasn’t at least been a Vice President? What better place to have honed ones leadership skills than as a Vice President of India Cements? In fact, some say India Cements is more effective at generating young leaders than Harvard Business School.