‘MS Dhoni the best finisher of all time’ – Michael Hussey


Michael Hussey thinks MS Dhoni is the best finisher of all time. Having shared a dressing room with the former India captain for seven years throughout two IPL stints, Hussey additionally believed Dhoni’s instincts and psychological toughness at his peak made opposition captains blink first underneath strain.

“In my mind, he is the best finisher of all time,” Hussey informed Sanjay Manjrekar in ESPNcricinfo’s Videocast programme. “That is perhaps a bit controversial, as a result of there have been some nice finishers over time, however he had the psychological functionality of realizing what the opposition would attempt to do, after which keep cool and calm in that top strain scenario. He’d be cooler than the opposition, he’d make the opposition captain blink first by bowling the higher bowler in the second-final over.

“The other thing he has that not many other finishers have is unbelievable power. He knows when he needs to clear the ropes, and he can do it. I didn’t have that kind of belief in myself. Dhoni….his mental capability, coolness and power, he knew he could find a six when he needed it and he did it so consistently. I think his confidence grew in his methods, so in my mind he is the best.”

Hussey additionally gave an perception into Dhoni’s thoughts and his philosophy of “taking it till the end” in run chases.

“I tried not to let the asking rate get to 12-13 an over,” Hussey responded when requested about his method to massive chases. “I in all probability learnt off MS Dhoni. He was unimaginable. His massive factor was, ‘he who panicked final wins the recreation’. So he would maintain his cool and maintain it longer, as a result of there’s strain on the bowler as effectively.

“If you are out in the center and the bowlers know somebody like Dhoni or Michael Bevan‘s nonetheless there, then India, Australia or Chennai Super Kings nonetheless have an opportunity, as a result of the strain builds on the bowlers too. And that’s when the wides, no-balls and free deliveries come, which you’ll hit for a 4. So should you can maintain your cool longer than the opposition, you’ll come out on prime.”

Hussey, who has seen Dhoni evolve, each as an opponent and an in depth confidante at Super Kings, underlined his self-perception and the means to take feelings out of each scenario as key to reveling underneath strain.

“One of his great ability is he won’t take on defeat for too long,” Hussey defined. “Yes, he’ll be dissatisfied like everybody, however he’ll recover from shortly and look over to the subsequent match, and that may be a nice trait to have.

“Ricky Ponting was similar too, whether he was going well or going poorly. A consistent character, and not someone like a yo-yo, going up and down, riding emotions all the time. He’d be level the whole time, a trait you notice in great players.”

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