New Delhi: If being inspiring is a measure of leadership skills then Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is comparable only to charismatic American President Barack Obama, feels all-rounder Praveen Kumar.
“He is the Obama of cricket,” was Praveen”s reply when asked what makes Dhoni a special captain.
Lauded for being cool and composed in trying match situations, throwing his weight behind players he believes in and for trying the unconventional, Dhoni”s leadership has rarely been criticised since he took over in 2007.
Obama, who became the first Black President of the United States, is widely seen as an inspirational leader and Praveen considers Dhoni no less influential as far as Indian cricket is concerned.
The 24-year-old bowling all-rounder, who will be playing in his first World Cup, is naturally excited although there are a few butterflies in his tummy.
“I am living a dream right now. World Cup is no ordinary event and we will play in our country. The level of intensity and excitement will be of different level. I can”t really wait to get into the thick of things,” Praveen told PTI over telephone from Bangalore.
”PK”, as he is fondly known in the cricketing fraternity, is currently undergoing a rehab programme at the National Cricket Academy for his injured elbow which cut short his tour of South Africa.
“I am feeling pretty good now. The rehab programme is on the right track and hopefully I will strike a good rhythm before the tournament starts.”
Asked about India”s chances at the cricketing extravaganza, Praveen said, “The quality of cricket that we have produced during the recent times makes us the favourites. Look at our team, we have such world class players. The preparation has been good. Hopefully, we can win the Cup.”