Former Australian umpire Simon Taufel recently called the former Indian captain MS Dhoni was one of the smartest cricket minds. Taufel also gave an example of his interaction with the skipper Dhoni.
MS Dhoni is one of the successful and most respected cricketers in the world. Apart from his batting and wicketkeeping, Dhoni is also famous for his powerful leadership skills. While Dhoni is the most-capped captain in international cricket history, who led the Indian team between 2007 and 2018, his nation achieved massive success in international cricket, including winning the ICC World T20 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
Dhoni’s presence in the Indian team is still important as he guides the youngsters powerfully when they are under pressure.
Like many cricket experts, Simon Taufel is also impressed with Dhoni’s cricket mind as he called him one of the smartest cricket minds. Apart from praising his strategic thinking and cricket brain, Taufel also lauded the cool and calm captain’s temperament and composure.
Taufel recently told Cricket Edge, “MS Dhoni is one of the smartest cricket minds that I have come across in the game of cricket. I don’t say that because he is Indian, I say that because that’s the way I see it. He is an incredible strategic thinker and got a great cricket brain. But he also has a great temperament and tremendous composure.”
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Talking about Dhoni’s smartest mind, Taufel brought out an example of their past interaction. In early January 2011, captain Dhoni was fined 60 per cent of his match fees due to slow over-rate offence as the Indian pacer S Sreesanth took around 7-8 minutes to bowl an over.
After that match, the umpires, including Taufel, were busy to inform the Indian captain about his slow over-rate offence. The umpires also clarified him that he could be suspended for a match if that offence happened again. However, Dhoni calmly handled that situation.
Recalling that moment, Taufel said, “We had come out of a Test match in Cape Town where one of my good friends Sreesanth – had just finished playing a game there and we actually had to fine MS Dhoni for slow over-rate because Sree takes 7-8 minutes to bowl an over. The umpires and MS Dhoni were sitting in the dressing room and we were talking to him about over rates.
“We told him if he breaks it again in the Test match in Durban, he is likely to have a holiday. He said: ‘that’s okay, I need a holiday, I would like to have a game off. But Sree is not playing this game so don’t worry.’”