There’s not much difference between him and MS Dhoni: Moeen Ali backs Ravindra Jadeja despite CSK disaster

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has backed Ravindra Jadeja to come good as a leader sometime in the future. India’s top al rounder, Jadeja, was handed the captaincy by MS Dhoni days before the Indian Premier League 2022.

The transition of leadership at the Chennai Super Kings did not work according to plan, as Jadeja looked flustered, which ended up affecting his own game. Halfway through the season, Jadeja gave up the mantle to his old captain, under whom, CSK fared much better.

MS Dhoni, in a post match interview, when asked about the whole incident said that captaincy was not everbody’s cup of tea, and Chennai needed ‘player’ Jadeja more than they needed the ‘captain’.

However, speaking to Sports Today, Moeen Ali has backed the idea of Jadeja coming good in future and stated that there isn’t much difference between the two in terms of characteristics.

“He’s (Jadeja) inexperienced in terms of captaincy and leading CSK was tough for him this year because we weren’t playing well as a team. But he has got a good brain and he potentially could be a good leader in the future,” he said.

“I have played under him. I have played under MS Dhoni as well. There is not much difference between both of them in terms of the characteristics – very calm, very loyal to their players. Brilliant captain, brilliant player,” he further added.

Asked about the impact of England captain Eoin Morgan’s retirement, Ali was high praises for his World Cup winning captain and said that the fearless brand of cricket that are England playing at the moment under Ben Stokes, was started by Morgan in the white-ball format.

“We were horrendous in white ball cricket before that (2015 World Cup). He changed the mindset of the players. Actually, the way England are playing now in Test cricket, I believe, is actually because of him. He showed that if you have the mindset, you can play fearless cricket, which we are playing now,” Ali said.

Moeen Ali was the part of the England team which hit a record 498 runs against the Netherlands. While he did not get to bat in the game, Ali managed to pick three wickets from his 10 overs in the second innings.

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