Cricket - Featured - April 14, 2020

Mike Hussey says Dhoni is the ‘Greatest Finisher Of All Time’

Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey conveyed his viewpoint about MS dhoni. He regards the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman as “Greatest Finisher ” of all time. Hussey’s familiarity with MS Dhoni is from splashing together in the IPL for the Chennai Super Kings.

“Dhoni is the greatest finisher of all time that the cricketing world has ever produced. As Dhoni can keep his mind cool and make the opposition captain blink first. Dhoni also has unbelievable power. He knows that when he needs to clear the ropes, he can do it. He has that kind of self-belief. Honestly, I didn’t have that kind of belief in myself,” Mike Hussey said while speaking to Sanjay Manjrekar on ESPNcricinfo’s Videocast.

Mike Hussey on Dhoni’s ability to finish the game.

Mike Hussey was a part of CSK and played 59 matches under Dhoni’s captaincy. He said that he learnt some skill regarding finisher’s role from Dhoni. Who panics last, wins the game, he said. 

“I tried not to let it reach 12 or 13 runs an over,” said Hussey while talking about his ability to finish the game without much hiccups.

“And I learnt this from MS Dhoni. He is incredible. He believes that he who panics last wins the game. So Dhoni would keep his cool, and keep it longer because the pressure is on the bowler as well.”

He said, extraordinary players, have some mutual mannerisms which defines their personality. 

“they don’t hang on to a defeat for too long. If they lose, they move on quickly. They don’t let a loss or a win hamper their thinking. They are always consistent, and level headed whether it’s MS Dhoni or Ricky Ponting.”

The secret behind the CSK’s success in the IPL

“Supportive owners who let coach Stephen Fleming and captain Dhoni decide how to run the team, excellent chemistry between the coach and the captain, Dhoni’s leadership and lastly the foresight of the owners, Fleming and Dhoni to pick the best players, particularly the good Indian players and then stick with them for as long as possible.”

“This has built an excellent continuity in the team. And once you have continuity, you build relationships and trust that otherwise takes time to grow.”

On CSK’s situation after Dhoni’s retirement

“That’s a 60-million-dollar question, and I am equally intrigued. I believe the owners would like to keep Dhoni involved in some way or the other. However, whenever the change of guard happens, CSK might want to start all over again, build a brand new team, and use their existing philosophy as they enter the next decade of IPL. It is definitely going to be more challenging in current times,” Mike Hussey said. 

Mike Hussey says Dhoni is the 'Greatest Finisher Of All Time'
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