Murali on Dhoni’s captaincy
Former spinner Muttiah Muralitharan spoke about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy on R Ashwin’s Youtube chat show DRS with Ash. Murali remembered the young Dhoni who had defined theories as captain since the beginning. “Definitely he was a young captain, I would say. It was in the 2007 World Cup that he captained and won. But his theories are very nice to see. Because he will give the ball to the bowler and tell him to set the field and bowl. If it wasn’t working, then he would ask them to give a chance to the field he sets.”
Muralitharan got chance to play under Dhoni’s captaincy in Chennai Super Kings. He recalled the days, “He (Dhoni) will clap if a good ball gets hit for a six. He’ll tell the bowler that it’s a good ball, and it doesn’t matter if the batsman has hit you for a six. Batsmen too have the talent to hit.” He further added, “So with that kind of appreciations, he’ll call you alone, to tell you what’s needed instead of doing it in pubic because of those qualities, he has been so successful.”
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What makes Dhoni a good leader?
Muttiah Muralitharan picked up 40 wickets under Dhoni’s leadership. He stated that Dhoni would always have an ear for the seniors. The ability to think calmly made Dhoni a good skipper, Muralitharan believes. “He has the ability to think calmly, it’s because of these plus points that he became such a good leader. Even when he was young, he’d listen to advice (from seniors). He’ll listen to people and then he’ll make the decision at the end of the day. That’s how he used to captain.”
Dhoni likes match winners, Muralitharan further opined. “But more than that, he wouldn’t care about how players bat in the IPL. But he wants the players who can win the match for you. That’s how he went about his business.”