MS Dhoni among ‘most inspirational’ captains of past 50 years: Ian Chappell
First Published 28, Aug 2020, 10:49 AM
Bengaluru: Australian legend Ian Chappell has shared his views about former India captain MS Dhoni. Describing his experience with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper as “positive”, Chappell picked one “outstanding feature” of the wicketkeeper-batsman.
Speaking to news agency IANS, Chappell, one of the most respected voices in cricket, said, “My experience with Dhoni the cricketer and Dhoni the person were positive. He was very easy to work with because he was open and forthright. There was no false modesty with Dhoni; if he thought he could do something, he was confident enough to say that he could.”
“The outstanding feature was his self-belief. He stood out amongst his peers with his confidence and his directness. MS was not interested in ‘games’. He liked to be dealt with in a direct way and he responded in kind,” the former Australian captain said.
“In my opinion, he is the best Indian captain that I have seen and I would put him in the highest bracket of captains and leaders in the game in my experience. He is up there with Michael Brearley, Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor, and Clive Lloyd as the most inspirational captains of the past 50 years,” Chappell said.
The 39-year-old Dhoni is the only captain in history to have won all the three ICC trophies (World T20, World Cup, Champions Trophy).
Dhoni is currently in Dubai to play IPL 2020 for CSK. The tournament starts on September 19 in the UAE.