Unlike Dhoni, Cook has makings of great Test captain: Vaughan
Former England Test captain Michael Vaughan believes Alastair Cook has the makings of a becoming a great England Test skipper unlike his Indian counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"Already we can tell that Alastair Cook could be an outstanding England captain. He is doing a fine job so far in India with the bat and leading in the field. There have been times during the second Test against India when M.S. Dhoni, who has won a World Cup and captained India for years, was chasing the game," Vaughan wrote in his column for the Age.
"Cook could be a bit more proactive and attacking but he has not flapped in the same way as Dhoni, who constantly chopped and changed his field looking for a breakthrough, rather than relying on patience," he added.
"The last thing I worry about with a young captain is whether he is tactically astute. Cook will learn that on the job. What is more important is his presence on the field and the fact he has shown a terrific mindset to go from fielding for a couple of days to opening the batting," he wrote.
Vaughan added: "Every time you lead your country, you improve and learn. Cook will store up the things that work for him and drop those that don't. He will constantly learn about himself, the situations he got himself into and how he got out of them."
"He is good at understanding pitches and the right type of shots for the pitch he is batting on. He has swept well in Mumbai. It was a dangerous shot to play in Abu Dhabi and Dubai this year because the pitches were skiddier and if you missed the ball you would be leg before," he further wrote.
"But in Mumbai the pitch is far bouncier and as long as there is not a man stationed at 45 degrees on the leg side, it can be a profitable stroke. Cook knows he can trust the shot and go with it," he concluded.