Captains should adopt strategy followed by Dhoni in 2011 World Cup: Stephen Fleming

Raj / 01 February 2015

Well, this is certainly going to be a big moral booster for team India. Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming on Sunday has quoted live examples of the ways and means skilfully adopted by the Indian skipper MS Dhoni during the World Cup 2011. Putting Dhoni as a lead example worth emulating, Fleming advised all the team captains to follow what Dhoni did in the 2011 World Cup final by leading his pack with good skills and performances.

“I know that good captains grasp the nettle. Just look at the way M.S. Dhoni pushed himself up the batting order in the 2011 final as a prime example of that idea,” Fleming has written in a column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.

Dhoni got all round praise when he rose to the occasion in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai by promoting himself up the batting order and batting sensibly scored a fruitful match-winning knock while chasing a challenging total.

Remembering a conversation, the former left-handed batsman said that during his stint with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Dhoni had told him the decision was an instinctive one. The 41-year-old who was apart of CSK, added that hesitancy in a team can create chaos.

Fleming said, “Dhoni said it was an instinct that it was his time to lead from the front. Positivity and decisiveness like that can galvanise a team whereas hesitancy can flow through each player and create paralysis. Sharing his experience Fleming concluded “And in World Cups, where the matches come thick and fast and momentum and winning confidence can be crucial, that is a key point to remember.”

Hopefully this time too, the calm and composed MS Dhoni will glide through successfully in retaining the World Cup. This is the question of existence of the supremacy of Indian cricket in general and reputation of MSD in particular. Let us hope for the best.

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