Former Indian captain MS Dhoni was known for his nonchalant attitude in the cricket field. His calm and composed attitude has earned him the name ‘captain cool’. Either its an important match or a marquee clash in mega-events, he has been rarely witnessed losing control. Now, as MS Dhoni has announced his retirement from international cricket, Michael Holding has also noted down that the former captain’s attitude played a big role in Indian cricket.
In tough situations during the match, MS Dhoni has been several time spotted talking with bowlers with an arm around their neck. That would help bowlers to get rid of pressure and maintain their calmness. The prominent cricketers like Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and others have also accepted that Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps was a great help for them.
Michael Holding also believes that Dhoni’s chat with the players used to automatically change the game scenario for the team. He opined that the Ranchi-born star had a great influence on the team.
“When he was captaining, you never saw him get excited. If things seemed to be slipping, he would call his players, have a chat calmly and then they would go back to wherever they were and things would automatically change, that was the kind of influence he had,” Holding said on his YouYube channel.
MS Dhoni is the only Indian captain to have three ICC trophies across all the formats – ICC World Cup 2011, T20 World Cup 2007 and Champions Trophy 2013. His instinctive decisions and backing of the players is his most noted quality of his career.
What a career MS Dhoni had: Michael Holding
The Windies lauded Dhoni’s career across all the formats. The wicketkeeper-batsman has represented India in 90 Test matches, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is. He has over 16,000 international runs. The flamboyant cricketer has also third-highest dismissal as a wicketkeeper in ODIs, picking 444 wickets.
“What a career this man had, a fantastic one. He played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and of course lots of T20s (98 for India and 190 in IPL). But let’s talk about Test and ODIs. This man made almost 5,000 Test runs and remember, he’s not a pure batsman, he’s a wicket keeper. Over such a long career to be able keep wickets and do such a fantastic job is commendable,” he said.
Currently, the just-retired MS Dhoni is preparing himself for the Indian Premier League 2020 in the UAE, starting from 19th September.