Former Team India head coach Greg Chappell has showered praises for the just retired MS Dhoni calling him as one of the greatest captains. He named Dhoni in the list alongside Clive Lloyd, Mike Brearley, Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor as one of the greatest leaders.
In fact, Chappell said he has seen Dhoni rise ever since the Indian team lost in the 2007 World Cup against Bangladesh. Since then, Dhoni went on to become one of the most influential leaders in the world of cricket.
“In my opinion, he is the best Indian captain that I have seen and I would put him in the highest bracket of captains and leaders in the game in my experience. He is up there with Michael Brearley, Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor, and Clive Lloyd as the most inspirational captains of the past 50 years,” Chappell told IANS.
Dhoni announced retirement from the Test cricket during the Australia tour in 2015 and in 2017 he handed over the limited overs captaincy to Virat Kohli. He had already formed the core of the Indian team for the next few years under Virat Kohli.
“The outstanding feature was his self-belief. He stood out amongst his peers with his confidence and his directness. MS was not interested in ‘games’. He liked to be dealt with in a direct way and he responded in kind,” Chappell added.
The 39-year-old World Cup winning captain shocked the world after announcing retirement from the international cricket on August 15. He last played for India during the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand.
He will be next seen leading Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming season of the IPL in UAE starting from September 19.