Mumbai, August 8
Former India cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar on Saturday revealed that Mahendra Singh Dhoni had as soon as advised him he would think about himself match for worldwide cricket so long as he was “beating the fastest sprinter in the team”.
Manjrekar mentioned he had a chat with the two-time World Cup-winning former captain concerning his future in worldwide cricket throughout skipper Virat Kohli’s wedding ceremony in 2017.
“During Virat Kohli’s wedding, I had a little corner time with him and he said as long as ‘I am beating the fastest sprinter in the team, I am going to consider myself fit enough to be playing international cricket or playing high-level cricket’,” recalled Manjrekar.
“People like Tendulkar, Dhoni, these are champion cricketers. Once they are on public stage…you will never see Dhoni ever on a public stage, like a cricket field, looking slightly unfit or unable to sprint or run…,” mentioned Manjrekar.
Dhoni’s final outing in aggressive cricket was within the 2019 World Cup semifinal towards New Zealand.
Manjrekar additionally reckoned Dhoni would come good within the IPL, saying that the presence of “only four-five” good bowlers within the league will not be sufficient to bother the seasoned campaigner.
Dhoni, who has already began practising in Ranchi, will captain the Chennai Super Kings within the Indian Premier League, which is slated to be held within the United Arab Emirates from September 19.
“He is going to be very good and one of the reasons he is so successful and consistent in IPL as a batsman as opposed to international cricket is that he knows that there are about four to five bowlers to handle,” mentioned Manjrekar.
“There are some good ones and there are some not so good ones in the IPL. In international, you have got five quality bowlers, so he’s so good at picking out those guys and going after them,” added Manjrekar.
“So, as a batter, with MS Dhoni in the IPL, I don’t see much difference.”
Dhoni, who has led the Chennai Super Kings to a few IPL titles, has performed 190 video games within the cash-rich T20 league, scoring 4,432 runs.
Manjrekar, who has performed 37 Tests and 74 ODIs, mentioned that it was going to be about thoughts and never simply energy hitting for the Jharkhand dasher within the IPL.
“In fact, the conditions that we have, I keep saying, is just perfect for Dhoni, where it’s going to be about the mind and not just power hitting,” he mentioned. PTI