A finisher of reputation himself, former Australia batman Michael Hussey believes India’s World Cup-winning former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s “unbelievable power” and “self-belief” make him the greatest of all time in that function.
“Dhoni is the greatest finisher of all time that the cricketing world has ever produced,” Hussey informed Sanjay Manjarekar on ESPNcricinfo’s Videocast.
“Dhoni can keep his cool and make the opposition captain blink first. Dhoni also has unbelievable power. He knows that when he needs to clear the ropes he can do it. He has that kind of self-belief. Honestly, I didn’t have that kind of belief in myself.”The 44-year-previous Hussey mentioned he additionally picked up a trick or two about chasing from Dhoni whereas enjoying for Chennai Super Kings.
“I tried not to let it reach 12 or 13 runs an over. And I learnt this from MS Dhoni. He is incredible. He believes that he who panics last wins the game. So Dhoni would keep his cool, and keep it longer because the pressure is on the bowler as well.”Talking about the traits of nice gamers, Hussey mentioned: “They don’t hang on to a defeat for too long. If they lose, they move on quickly. They don’t let a loss or a win hamper their thinking. They are always consistent, and level headed whether it’s MS Dhoni or Ricky Ponting”.
Dhoni led the CSK to 3 IPL titles in addition to profitable the now-defunct Champions League T20 twice.
Asked what’s the cause behind three-time champions CSK’s constant run in the IPL, Hussey mentioned: “Supportive homeowners who let the coach (Stephen) Fleming and captain Dhoni resolve run the group, wonderful chemistry between the coach and the captain, Dhoni’s management.
“This has constructed a superb continuity in the group. And upon getting continuity, you construct relationships and belief that in any other case takes time to develop.”However, Hussey believes it will likely be more difficult for CSK to construct a brand new group as soon as Dhoni hangs his boots.
“I believe the owners would like to keep Dhoni involved in some way or the other. However, whenever the change of guard happens, CSK might want to start all over again, build a brand new team, and use their existing philosophy as they enter the next decade of IPL. It is definitely going to be more challenging in current times,” he mentioned.Dhoni hasn’t performed any cricket — worldwide or home — since the 50-over World Cup semi-ultimate towards New Zealand in July final 12 months.
He was set to play in the 13th IPL however now his future is unsure with the money-wealthy match looking at indefinite postponement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.