Cricket

MS Dhoni 'changed whole face of Indian cricket' says Pakistan cricket team coach Misbah-ul-Haq

  • Agence France-Presse
  • August 16th, 2020
  • 9:33:39 IST

Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq said MS Dhoni had "changed the whole face of Indian cricket" after the former captain announced his international retirement on Saturday.

Dhoni, a 39-year-old wicketkeeper and batsman, is India's most successful skipper, having played a starring role in their 2011 World Cup final win on home soil and also guided them to victory in the inaugural T20 World Cup final and the Champions Trophy.

"He's a big name in Indian cricket, he's served Indian cricket very well," Misbah, who played against Dhoni, told AFP after the third day's play in the second Test between England and Pakistan at Southampton was washed out.

File image of MS Dhoni. AFP

File image of MS Dhoni. AFP

Misbah added Dhoni, known for his unflappable demeanour at the crease, had altered the mentality of the Indian team.

"One of the greats I think, the way he changed the approach and especially he achieved so much for Indian cricket, winning the World Cup, winning the Champions Trophy, winning the T20 World Cup," said Misbah.

"He's got all the trophies in his bag," added the former batsman, a member of the Pakistan side that suffered a dramatic five-run defeat by arch-rivals India in the 2007 World Twenty20 final in Johannesburg.

'Cool' captain

Dhoni was also renowned for his ability under pressure, a talent he demonstrated during his 91 not out against Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai where he sealed a six-wicket win in style with a towering six off Nuwan Kulasekara after promoting himself up the batting order.

"He was such a cool captain on the outside, but from the inside such an aggressive player," said former Pakistan skipper Misbah, who also paid tribute to Dhoni's qualities as a tactician and man-manager.

"He was such a 'shrewd', you could say, captain -- the way he handled the team, the way he just developed the team and changed the team from seniors (senior players), brought up some juniors.

"He changed the whole culture of the team, the whole face of Indian cricket - a wonderful servant of the game."

Misbah added that under Dhoni the national side had gone on to greater heights than even the celebrated team captained by Sourav Ganguly, now the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

"He was the one name who really took Indian cricket from wherever Sourav left the team and then from there on he did wonders for Indian cricket," said Misbah. "Such a wonderful person and a very, very good captain."

Updated Date: August 16, 2020 09:33:39 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Highlights, IPL 2021, CSK vs MI Full Cricket Score: Chennai win by 20 runs to go top of table
First Cricket News

Highlights, IPL 2021, CSK vs MI Full Cricket Score: Chennai win by 20 runs to go top of table

CSK vs MI, IPL 2021 Live Cricket Score Updates: CSK win the match by 20 runs. Three singles and two wickets in the final over for Bravo. CSK got off to a bad start with the bat but then Ruturaj Gaikwad played a blinder to give his team a chance. Chasing 157, Mumbai kept losing wickets at regular intervals of time and fell short at the end. A typical CSK bowling performance led superbly by their talisman MS Dhoni.

IPL 2021: MS Dhoni says CSK's turnaround result of players understanding roles and responsibilities
First Cricket News

IPL 2021: MS Dhoni says CSK's turnaround result of players understanding roles and responsibilities

Three-time winners CSK endured their worst outing last season when they finished seventh in the eight-team league, a far cry from the manner in which they are dominating in this edition, including their latest six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Highlights, IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK Full Cricket Score: Dhoni and Co win by six wickets
First Cricket News

Highlights, IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK Full Cricket Score: Dhoni and Co win by six wickets

RCB vs CSK, IPL 2021 Live Cricket Score Updates: CSK WIN BY SIX WICKETS! What a smooth run chase by Chennai, who thanks to this win, are on top of the IPL standings. At one point in the first innings, Royal Challengers Bangalore had raced to 111 runs without losing a wicket, but once that first wicket fell, RCB lost their way a little, limping their way to 156/6. Chennai responded with an opening partnership of 71 runs, before losing both openers in a span of a few deliveries. No 3 batsman Moeen Ali and their middle order batsmen all chipped in with useful contributions to take CSK across the finsih line. RCB stay in third position in the table.