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One of India’s greatest-ever all-rounders, Irfan Pathan has opened up on MS Dhoni’s captaincy and said that he matured and evolved as a captain from the 2007 T20 World Cup win to the 2013 Champions Trophy win. Apart from being calmer and in control, MS Dhoni also had started employing the spinners in crunch situations to win matches by 2013 said Irfan Pathan.
MS Dhoni has been one of the most successful captains in the history of international cricket. He has been the most successful Indian captain ever. He is the only captain in world cricket to win all the three major ICC events. Dhoni won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011, and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 for the India National Cricket Team.
Now, Irfan Pathan has heaped praise on the former Indian skipper’s captaincy skills and said that he matured as a captain from 2007 to 2013.
Irfan Pathan Heaps Praise On MS Dhoni
“In 2007, it was the first time and you understand that when you are given a big responsibility of leading a team, you get excited,” Pathan said on Star Sports’ ‘Cricket Connected’ when asked how Dhoni changed as a captain between 2007 and 2013.
“The team meetings were always small though, both in 2007 and 2013 during Champions Trophy, just 5 minutes meeting,” added the bowler, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket earlier this year.
“Between 2007 and 2013 he gained the experience of trusting his slow bowlers and spinners and by the time Champions Trophy came, he was very clear that in crucial time he needs to get his spinners into play to win the games,” he said.
Former Cricketers Divided On MS Dhoni’s Return To Team India
Recently, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star batsman Suresh Raina said MS Dhoni did not show any signs of ageing and that he was hitting the big sixes at will, as usual during the training camp in Chennai. Laxmipathy Balaji, the bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings, also vouched for MS Dhoni’s return.
On the other hand, former wicketkeeper-batsman, Deep Dasgupta had said that MS Dhoni should have kept playing domestic cricket if he aspired a return to the Indian team. Kris Srikkanth also noted that if the IPL does not take place, Dhoni’s return looks impossible. Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra also had similar views to those of Srikkanth.
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