Fans couldn’t have asked for a better start to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 as defending champions Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Saturday’s opening match. Led by the two of the biggest names in Indian cricket, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli facing off serves as just the right appetizer for the tournament’s main course.

The Kohli-Dhoni promos are all over television ad space but with a touch of soft banter and not in your face bravado. Might as well with the kind of respect Dhoni commands in Virat Kohli-led Indian playing XI.

But Virat Kohli won’t be able to seek MS Dhoni’s counsel in IPL. On the contrary, Kohli needs to come up with strategies to better his senior compatriot and help RCB begin the season on a high.

Both heavyweights employ completely contrasting styles in captaincy. The contrast in their leadership styles is like fire and ice.

Whoever wins on Saturday and whether either of the two giants can last the distance in this edition, with the World Cup round the corner, the IPL presents a perfect opportunity for Dhoni to sharpen his batting touch and Virat to further hone his captaincy skills.


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