MS Dhoni is affectionately known as “Captain Cool”, is also known for his great temperament and marvellous composure. He has one of the best and smartest cricketing minds and is often addressed as an incredible strategy thinker. There are many instances in the past where Dhoni has stunned everyone with his presence of mind on the cricket field.
Recently, umpire Simon Taufel from Australia recalled an incident involving him and former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. It was after that incident that Taufel admitted to becoming the fan of the Captain Cool due to his calm and cool personality on the field.
“MS Dhoni is one of the smartest cricket minds that I have come across in the game of cricket. I don’t say that because he is Indian, I say that because that’s the way I see it. He is an incredible strategic thinker and got a great cricket brain. But he also has great temperament and tremendous composure,” Simon Taufel said in a video posted by The Cricket Edge.
MS Dhoni’s hilarious response to Simon Taufel
Enumerating an incident from a Test match in Cape Town, South Africa, Taufel said that he was perplexed with the way MS responded when Taufel went to warn him about a possible one-match ban for maintaining slow over-rate. the umpires found out that MS Dhoni’s slow over-rate was due to Sreesanth who was taking 7-8 minutes to bowl a single over which resulted in slow over-rate. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman took the incident lightly and told the umpires that he won’t mind taking a break but Sreesanth would not be playing the next match.
“We had come out of a Test match in Cape Town where one of my good friends Sreesanth – had just finished playing a game there and we actually had to fine MS Dhoni for slow over-rate because Sree takes 7-8 minutes to bowl an over. The umpires and MS Dhoni were sitting in the dressing room and we were talking to him about over rates,” the 49-year-old recalled.
“We told him if he breaks it again in the Test match in Durban, he is likely to have a holiday. He said: ‘that’s okay, I need a holiday, I would like to have a game off. But Sree is not playing this game so don’t worry,” he added
The former Australian umpire was startled by the way Dhoni handled the circumstances as if any other captain would have been in his place, he would get worried during such a serious discussion about the one-match ban. Simon further said, “in the video that the former Indian Captain was more interested in the quality of the black chair he was sitting on while talking to the umpires.”