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I liked Dhoni's aggressive approach as captain: Michael Clarke

By Nilabh Aole -

Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke has a bunch of praises former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. Clarke has supported Dhoni's decision to give way his captaincy away of limited-overs cricket.

Talking to India Today, Clarke said, "He will go down as one of India's all-time great captains for his leadership skills. I liked his aggressive approach as captain always trying to win the game. The way he played in both one-day and Test cricket was phenomenal. He led the country pretty well. A lot of people don't understand captaining any country is hard, but I can only imagine how much harder it is in India with all the passion and pressure. MS Dhoni deserves so much credit for how well a captain he's been. Also, he's played the game in the right way." 

If the sources are to be believed then it is clear that Dhoni has taken the decision to cut down his load and now he only wants to concentrate more as a wicketkeeper-batsman till 2019 World Cup. Agreeing to that, Clarke said, "I feel he has a lot to offer Indian cricket if he wants to continue to play which he does. He will be a very good sounding board for Virat Kohli. It's all up to him. If he wanted to continue as captain I think he will still have been successful. Now he just wants to play and he will do well. You get to a stage in your career where you don't want that responsibility anymore. Stepping down or retiring, it's similar."

Clarke further elaborated, "You know where your team is at, you know where you are at. A lot of the time you make the decision based on what's best for your team. MS Dhoni must be confident that Virat's leadership must be fantastic. Indian cricket's in great hands. A lot of new young talent is coming through. He's captained for a long time. For me, it wasn't a tough decision. I knew what I was feeling and I am sure that's what MS Dhoni has done well." 

Former Australian skipper believes that Dhoni knows his responsibilities very well. He said, "He's been a brilliant player. He is not playing Tests now so he will be fit and healthy. He has the right to walk away when he wants. Knowing him I think he will decide according to what's best for the team. If he feels he can help the team win the tournament then he'll continue to play. If not, then he will retire. He has the courage to stand aside now. Hopefully, Virat will get the job now and right now is a good time to do that."

Clarke concluded by sharing some of his moments with Dhoni. He said, "Lucky to know him, played a lot against him. The double hundred he scored in Chennai I will never forget that. A lot of times from tough situations he won matches for India against us also. He takes the game away from you. He and I shared a passion for motorbikes so we talked about that a lot. He's a wonderful man, a great cricketer. I wish him all the best and I feel he has a lot to offer Indian cricket."

Nilabh Aole

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