Muttiah Muralitharan has said that MS Dhoni never fails to appreciate bowlers if they had bowled a good delivery even if it goes for a six.
Former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muralitharan who is also a former CSK player lauded his skipper for never admonishing their bowlers publicly. He in fact shared experiences from his career with Sri Lanka and in IPL with CSK during an interaction with Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin during the latter’s YouTube show ‘DRS with Ash’.
Muttiah Muralitharan shares experiences about playing under the captaincy of Ms Dhoni
Ashwin asked Muralitharan about experiences while playing under Dhoni’s captaincy in CSK(Chennai Super Kings), and the present SRH (Sunrisers Hyderabad) mentor responded that the 2007 T20 World Cup-winning captain Dhoni’s methods were spot on even though he was relatively inexperienced as captain than other franchises captain in that period.
“Definitely he was a young captain, I would say. It was in the 2007 World Cup that he captained and won.”
The CSK captain Dhoni allows the bowlers to set their own field placements and would intervene only for unexpected results.
“But his theories are very nice to see. Because he will give the ball to the bowler and tell him to set the field and bowl. If it wasn’t working, then he would ask them to give a chance to the field he sets.”
Muttiah Muralitharan says MS Dhoni never reprimands bowlers in public:
Muralitharan who is also the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket’s history reveals that Dhoni applauds by clapping the bowlers for bowling well despite the ball going for six.
“He will clap if a good ball gets hit for a six. He will tell the bowler that it’s a good ball even if the batsman had hit you for a six. Batsmen too have the talent.”
He added further that Dhoni never reprimands bowlers publicly and instead advises them face to face which contributes to his success as skipper.
“So with those kinds of appreciations, he will call you alone to tell you what’s needed, instead of doing it in public. Because of those qualities, he has been a successful captain”