Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni's incredible gut feeling is his biggest strength, says Faf Du Plessis

Du Plessis has spent considerable time with Dhoni after joining the Indian Premier league (IPL) side in 2011 and has been an integral part of its successful journey

Press Trust of India, May 14, 2020 16:05:59 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an unconventional and unique leader, whose biggest strength is his incredible gut feeling, says his Chennai Super Kings teammate Faf du Plessis.

Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhonis incredible gut feeling is his biggest strength, says Faf Du Plessis

Faf du Plessis plays for CSK in the IPL alongside Dhoni. Sportzpics

The former South Africa skipper has spent considerable time with Dhoni after joining the Indian Premier league (IPL) side in 2011 and has been an integral part of its successful journey.

"He reads the others player really well and he uses that to make instinctive decisions on the field. He's got an incredible gut feeling on the game and I think that's his biggest strength," du Plessis said in a Facebook live session with Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal.

The 35-year-old said Dhoni changed his perception of how a captain should be.

"It was amazing for me to see how different M S was as a captain. I used to think a captain must speak all the time in team meetings etc but M S was completely different.

"He doesn't believe a lot in team meetings. He's a very instinctive captain he's got such a good cricket brain that he relies on it to make the right decisions on the field," du Plessis said of former India skipper.

Dhoni last played for India in World Cup semifinal last year and was expected to be back to playing competitive cricket at now-postponed IPL.

Calling Dhoni the best finisher he has played with, Du Plessis said no one can emulate what the dasher from Ranchi can do with the bat.

"He's extremely calm. I haven't played with someone who is a better finisher than him. It's just remarkable to watch him from the side of the field."

"If someone else tries to do it like him they won't be able to. He's just so unique like he times the ball so late he's got an incredible calmness. He knows his game and he picks a bowler and goes for it."

Du Plessis said that playing for CSK alongside Dhoni and under the guidance head coach Stephen Fleming has taught him a lot about leadership.

"I'm lucky to have started my journey there at CSK because I have really learned a lot from a leadership point of view. I tried to learn as much as possible from Dhoni and Stephen Fleming because both are great captains.

Updated Date: May 14, 2020 16:05:59 IST



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4
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5
Mumbai
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Bangalore
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Rajasthan
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Hyderabad
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