Former Indian captain MS Dhoni during the launch of ‘MS Dhoni Residential Cricket Academy’ in Dongargaon town, opened up about the reasons that why he decided to promote himself ahead of Yuvraj – who was in fine form at the showpiece event.
He reveled “I knew most of the bowlers of Sri Lanka as they were part of the Chennai Super Kings earlier. I promoted myself because Muralitharan was bowling at that time. I have played him a lot in the CSK nets and I was confident that I will be able to score runs freely against him. That was one of the main reasons why I pushed myself up the order during the final,” said Dhoni.
Dhoni also said that thanks to his immense success as a captain, the Indian selectors were forced to change their perception towards wicket-keepers as they thought that they do not make good skippers. “Before me, selectors were quite reluctant to make stumper as captain saying he will be burdened too much. But I changed their view with my successful tenure as the captain. ‘Keeper is in the best position to help any captain analyse the match. He is very close to the action and can accordingly guide the team leader about many things. He is an asset for any captain. He can release the burden on the captain with his inputs,” said Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian international cricketer who captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He is referred to by the media as Thala (supreme head) called affectionately by the CSK fans in Tamilnadu.
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17 November, 2019