Greg Chappell and MS Dhoni. Photo- Twitter
Greg Chappell and MS Dhoni. Photo- Twitter

Former coach of Indian cricket team Greg Chappell has a word of praise for MS Dhoni, the former Indian skipper. Dhoni made his international debut for India under Chappell in 2004. It was also under the Australian coach that he first got the tag of a finisher in Indian cricket. One of his best ODI innings of 183 also came under Chappell.

Talking to ESPN Cricinfo, Chappell said that MS Dhoni is one of the sharpest minds in cricket. In the process, he has lauded Dhoni’s ability to read and understand the game better than anyone else. Dhoni won three ICC titles as captain for India which is a reason enough why he is counted amongst the best captains in the world.

MS Dhoni Developed Decision-Making And Strategic Skills: Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell, MS Dhoni
Greg Chappell, MS Dhoni. (Photo: Twitter)

“MS Dhoni, with whom I worked in India, is a good example of a batter who developed his talent and learned to play in this fashion. By competing against more experienced individuals on a variety of surfaces early in his development, Dhoni developed the decision-making and strategic skills that have set him apart from many of his peers. His is one of the sharpest cricket minds I have encountered,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.

Along with the memorable 183 against Sri Lanka, unbeaten 77 and 72 not out in Pakistan and an explosive 96 against England stand out as some of Dhoni’s most memorable knocks during the Chappell era.

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While the tenure of Chappell as coach was criticised within the Indian cricket fraternity, the rise of Dhoni under him was one of the best things that happened to Indian cricket. His history with former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is also one of the most controversial chapters of Indian cricket.

Chappell stepped down as the coach of the team in 2007 after India’s infamous exit from the 2007 World Cup losing to Bangladesh. Four years later, India won the World Cup at home under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. He played at the highest level for a decade and a half and retired from the game in 2020.

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Anshuman Roy

A Hardcore Cricket Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.