Kingston, August 23
A maverick who destroyed each opposition and managed to look unflappable whereas he was at it — that is how West Indies nice Michael Holding remembers former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in worldwide cricket, a stint which ended on August 15.
Dhoni, the one captain to have received all of the ICC trophies, retired from worldwide cricket greater than a yr after he final performed for India — the misplaced World Cup semifinal towards New Zealand –, saying the choice on social media.
Holding, like others, solely had effusive reward to supply for the 39-year-old.
“When Dhoni first started to play ODIs for India that long flowing locks that we call it in the Caribbean, he looked like a maverick. He looked like someone who came out there just to destroy whatever comes in front of him and he pretty much did that,” Holding mentioned on his youtube channel.
Dhoni sported many alternative hairstyles in his profession but it surely was his lengthy mane of the early days that grew to become the discuss of the city.
Hailing his big-hitting prowess, Holding mentioned, “Throughout his profession, he hit 229 sixes (in ODIs). When you consider these numbers you should be considering he will need to have performed for 40 years to have hit so many sixes and fours. But that’s the nature of the person.
“As he grew some grey around his temple area then he had to tone it down a bit and he was lot more controlled with his batting. Anyone watching MS Dhoni in the middle would know he was always in control, unflappable, never ever he looked out of control,” he added.
The stumper-batsman, who led India to victory within the T20 World Cup, the ODI World Cup and the Champions Trophy, is broadly thought-about one of many biggest captains in worldwide cricket and earned respect for his foresight on the cricket subject.
“What a captain he was, how successful he was…When he was captaining, you never saw him get excited,” mentioned Holding, a member of the well-known tempo quartet of the West Indies within the 1970s.
“If things seemed to be slipping, he would call his players, have a chat calmly and then they would go back to wherever they were and things would automatically change, that was the kind of influence he had.” In 98 Tests, Dhoni scored 4,876 runs with 256 catches and 38 stumpings, whereas amassing 10,773 runs with 321 catches and 123 stumpings in 350 ODIs.
In T20Is, he aggregated 1617 runs with 57 catches and 34 stumpings. He scored six centuries in Tests and 10 in ODIs.
Holding mentioned it’s “commendable” that Dhoni might rating almost 5000 Test runs and likewise do justice to his retaining job all through his profession.
“What a career this man had, a fantastic one. This man-made almost 5,000 Test runs and remember, he’s not a pure batsman, he’s a wicket-keeper. Over such a long career, to be able to keep wickets and do such a fantastic job is commendable,” mentioned the 66-year-old.
“To be bending down for so many years, keeping himself fit through all these years. He has close to 11,000 runs in ODIs…,” mentioned Holding, one of the vital revered voices in worldwide cricket.– PTI