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Dhoni was an inspirational leader: Mike Hussey

By Nilabh Aole -


For most of the cricketers records and titles tell about the greatness of the player and MS Dhoni is not an exception to that. The recognitions achieved by Dhoni explains the greatness he carries in limited overs cricket. 

While digging it more one would come to know that, there is much more to Dhoni than cricket and captaincy. In post-match interviews of the 2011 World Cup triumph, Dhoni had said: "I have three dogs at home. Even after losing a series or winning a series, they treat me the same way. Getting up quite late in the morning, going to clean my bikes, spending some time with my family and friends, going out for rides with my friends and having lunch or dinner at a roadside hotel - that's my favorite time-pass."

Australian legend Mike Hussey who has played a handful of matches under the leadership of Dhoni in Chennai Super Kings explained the greatness of Dhoni. Mr. Cricket said, "Dhoni was an inspirational leader and I loved playing under him. He gave the players perspective and made them realize that though cricket is important, it is not the most important thing in a person's life."

Hussey further elaborated, "He has helped the Indian team to so much success in all forms of the game, but an even better person with a great family. His calmness...he had this amazing ability to help players relax, enjoy the game and not put too much pressure on themselves, which is not that easy in a place like India where cricket is a religion." 

Speaking of the three successful captains (Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, and Dhoni), Hussey had played under, he said, "They all led according to their personalities and were all very good in their own ways."

The Aussie concluded by suggesting that Dhoni must have hung his boots from captaincy only after making sure that the future of Indian cricket is secured. He said, "He obviously thinks this is the best time for the team and for Indian cricket to move on."

Nilabh Aole

I am genuine cricket fan, who respect the game as well