Former Kiwi all-rounder Scott Styris is enjoying his time in India where he is currently commentating in the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).
He went for an interactive session with the students of GRD College of Science in Coimbatore on Friday and there he revealed that Stephen Fleming and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are his favourite captains.
Styris played under Fleming for a long time in the New Zealand while he also played under Dhoni during his stint with the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
Recalling his stint with CSK and playing under Stephen Fleming Styris said,
“MSD leads by example. He treats every player equally – be it the senior players or the junior most. On the other hand, Stephen Fleming was the captain who would guide you with the right amount of words at the right time. He was never authoritative.”
Styris also recalled his ODI debut against India way back in 1999 at Rajkot.
“It was a delight to have taken the wicket of probably the world’s best batsman – Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian batting line up in those days was great. Besides Sachin, Rahul Dravid was mentally unbreakable, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, and Sourav Ganguly,” said Styris.
The former all-rounder who is a part of the commentary crew in the TNPL expressed his happiness at the return of Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
“It (CSK) is the best team in the IPL. It is like a family. All players come together when the team needs it,” he said.
Styris also concede that he was looking at the improvement of young players from the previous season of TNPL.
“TNPL is the biggest platform at its level that helps youngsters to find a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL). I have been looking at 10-12 players who are emerging as the best talent. Besides, I have seen great improvement among few players from the previous season,” said Styris.
When asked how he used to balance his personal and professional life Styris said,
“When I started playing, players were not allowed to bring their family on tours. Once we had to go to South Africa for four and a half months, and I was away from my family for that long. Today, things have changed.”