Dhoni can make opposition captain blink first, says Mike Hussey


A finisher of reputation himself, former Australia batman Michael Hussey believes India’s World Cup-winning former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s “unbelievable power” and “self-belief” make him the best of all time in that function.

“Dhoni is the greatest finisher of all time that the cricketing world has ever produced,” Hussey informed Sanjay Manjarekar throughout a chat.

“Dhoni can keep his cool and make the opposition captain blink first. Dhoni also has unbelievable power. He knows that when he needs to clear the ropes he can do it. He has that kind of self-belief. Honestly, I didn’t have that kind of belief in myself.”

The 44-year-old Hussey stated he additionally picked up a trick or two about chasing from Dhoni whereas taking part in for Chennai Super Kings.

“I tried not to let it reach 12 or 13 runs an over. And I learnt this from MS Dhoni. He is incredible. He believes that he who panics last wins the game. So Dhoni would keep his cool, and keep it longer because the pressure is on the bowler as well.”

Talking concerning the traits of nice gamers, Hussey stated: “They don’t dangle on to a defeat for too lengthy. If they lose, they transfer on rapidly. They don’t let a loss or a win hamper their considering. They are at all times constant, and stage headed whether or not it’s MS Dhoni or Ricky Ponting“.

Dhoni led the CSK to 3 IPL titles apart from successful the now-defunct Champions League T20 twice.

Asked what’s the motive behind three-time champions CSK’s constant run within the IPL, Hussey stated: “Supportive homeowners who let the coach (Stephen) Fleming and captain Dhoni resolve find out how to run the crew, wonderful chemistry between the coach and the captain, Dhoni’s management.

“This has built an excellent continuity in the team. And once you have continuity, you build relationships and trust that otherwise takes time to grow.”

However, Hussey believes it will likely be tougher for CSK to construct a brand new crew as soon as Dhoni hangs his boots.

“I believe the owners would like to keep Dhoni involved in some way or the other. However, whenever the change of guard happens, CSK might want to start all over again, build a brand new team, and use their existing philosophy as they enter the next decade of IPL. It is definitely going to be more challenging in current times,” he stated.

Dhoni hasn’t performed any cricket — worldwide or home — because the 50-over World Cup semifinal in opposition to New Zealand in July final 12 months.

He was set to play within the 13th IPL however now his future is unsure with the cash-rich match looking at indefinite postponement as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

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