Misbah-ul-Haq, who is the current Pakistan coach has also praised MS Dhoni, who decided to retire on Independence Day bringing down curtains to an illustrious 16-year-old international career. Ever since, the most successful captain of the Indian team, MS Dhoni announced his retirement, fans and cricketers have started praising and pouring congratulatory posts to him.
The reactions are countless and never-ending. Next in line is Pakistan coach — Misbah-ul-Haq, who thinks that captain ‘cool’ had “changed the whole facet of Indian cricket” and served Indian cricket to its very best.
Pakistan players have already congratulated him and the international cricketers in the likes of Shoaib Akhtar, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Gary Kirsten have left no stones unturned to praise him for his calibre as a skipper — and role as a finisher. His wicket-keeping credentials have also been praised by ever-ending fans and cricketers.
Misbah-ul-Haq: MS Dhoni Changed Approach Of Indian Team
The 39-year-old MS Dhoni is known for lifting all the three ICC trophies where he never failed to display his temperament and fine leadership skills to lead the team on the path of victory.
Dhoni is fondly remembered for being a revelation in 2011 World Cup finals where he scored an unbeaten 91 and how perfectly he pushed the Men in Blue into victory zone in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 where he led an inexperienced squad and Champions Trophy in 2013.
After Day 3 was washed out in the ongoing second Test between England and Pakistan at Southampton, Misbah-ul-Haq lauded Dhoni by saying on the sidelines– “He’s a big name in Indian cricket, he’s served Indian cricket very well.”
“One of the greats I think, the way he changed the approach and especially he achieved so much for Indian cricket, winning the World Cup, winning the Champions Trophy, winning the T20 World Cup,” he added, as quoted by The Times of India.
The Pakistan coach praised MS Dhoni for his exceptional batting prowess at the crease, says he changed the complete approach of the India side and team had utter confidence in him who in turn trusted in his actions as skipper.
“He’s got all the trophies in his bag”, added former batsman who was a member of Pakistan’s playing side that fell weak in front of the Indian attack at 2007 World T20 final in Johannesburg.
India fielded an inexperienced side without the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan but featured the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa as captain MS Dhoni who led for the first time gave India the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. More success came in the form of the 2011 World Cup which they won after a gap of 28 years.
Misbah-ul-Haq: MS Dhoni Was A Shrewd Captain
MS Dhoni is known for displaying heroics especially under pressured and crunched situations as the Ranchi born hero took the Indian cricket game to another benchmark with his coolness on the field and aggression to turn game on its head.
“He was such a ‘shrewd’, you could say, captain — the way he handled the team, the way he just developed the team and changed the team from seniors (senior players), brought up some juniors. He was the one name who really took Indian cricket from wherever Sourav left the team and then from there on he did wonders for Indian cricket, such a wonderful person and a very, very good captain,” concluded Misbah.
Misbah-ul-Haq played a very good knock of 43 but was out in the 20th over of Pakistan’s innings as they failed to chase the 153 run target thereby losing the match and the inaugural trophy to India by paltry five runs.