Chennai: Eulogising the charismatic Mahendra Singh Dhoni, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo says the former India skipper had the quality to absorb pressure and handle tough match situations without panicking.
Dhoni announced his retirement from International cricket on 15 August, ending speculations if he would again wear the India jersey.
Bravo has spent considerable time with Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings, one of the most successful IPL franchisees.
"As a player he absorbed pressure, he never panicked. He always gave the players belief and confidence to do whatever they had to do," Bravo said in an interaction.
Dhoni has always been a players' captain as he backed several of them, giving them a long run to settle in the team.
Talking about Dhoni's retirement, Bravo, who on Wednesday became the first bowler to take 500 wickets in T20s, said it had to come one day.
"I am sure he had his own plan. As his fans and cricket lovers, we would all wish he would continue for as long as possible. But the reality is, you know, we all have to stop playing at some point in time," Bravo said.
Dhoni's last international game was the ICC World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in July 2019.
The former West Indies skipper, who is currently featuring in the Caribbean Premier League for Trinbago Knight Riders, said game time was crucial to be in best physical shape.
"I'm feeling good physically, being ready, and taking part in the CPL. Nothing can compare to game time. Yes playing in the CPL will obviously mean I am being match fit," added the all-rounder.
The 36-year old Bravo said it was great to be back on the park playing again after the coronavirus-enforced break.
"As cricketers we have to just adapt to all the new regulations quickly."
Bravo will play for CSK in the 13th edition of IPL, beginning 19 September in the UAE after his CPL stint with the Trinbago Knight Riders.
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Chennai Super Kings restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 165/9 after posting a challenging 192/3 on the board to lift the IPL trophy for a fourth time under MS Dhoni's leadership.
"It's about the belief in the squad from management, owners. After last season, I was really disappointed. We owed it to the franchise, the fans to come up with a better performance," Bravo said after the match.
Speaking after the toss for CSK's IPL game against Punjab Kings, the 40-year-old was asked about whether he would be staying with the franchise which is synonymous with him since the IPL's inception.