Former Indian batsman, VVS Laxman alongside his Sri Lankan counterpart Russel Arnal, has lauded the efforts of wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni for understanding the gentleman’s game far better than anyone else.
While analysing the game of Dhoni, both believe he has done wonders for the Team India during his career.
During the post-match show on the broadcasting giant Star Sports, the 43-year-old Laxman reiterated Dhoni has been incredible for Team India and remarkable the way he advises the youngsters and in particular the promising bowler like Kuldeep Yadav.
“The way he educates the bowler is impressive. That’s why he is an invaluable asset to Indian cricket,” Laxmann told Star Sports.
It’s pertinent to mention that Dhoni has been giving the valuable inputs to the bowlers which further show how the senior-most campaigner in the side has knitted the side well while having an experience on his back which already saw him winning three major ICC titles for India.
“The rapport between the keeper and the bowler is very important, especially in T20 format. MS has always been a bowler’s captain. He has the best vision from behind the stumps,” Laxman observed.
Recently, in the opener of the Twenty20 International game against Sri Lanka, Dhoni was promoted up the order at number four position which saw him smashing unbeaten 39 runs and affecting overall four dismissals while donning the gloves.
On the other side, the 44-year-old Colombo-born Arnold, who is enjoying the commentary stint with Star Sports, was far more impressive while speaking about Dhoni’s stature.
“Dhoni has got his own style. If you watch his style, you wouldn’t think he is safe,” Arnold added.
The cricketer-turned-commentator Arnold termed Dhoni as a fantastic professional when it comes to the wicket-keeping. He further feels the Ranchi-based cricketer has been an invaluable asset for Team India
“He [Dhoni] knows how to catch a ball, his reflexes are good. He knows where the stumps are, he gets the bails off in a flash. He is an amazing cricketer,” Arnold further added.
The 36-year-old Dhoni has still shots in him which further saw his reflexes behind the stumps fantastic everyone in the cricket world.
The lightning-quick Dhoni has contributed to donning the gloves, as he has grabbed the headlines for his spectacular show even after his ability to strike the ball somewhat looked bleak.
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Arnold further stated Dhoni is the astute thinker which further made him successful in the long run and he could understand the game of the opposition well before suggesting it to the bowlers of national side when things might not be going in their way one way or another.
“MS is good at reading the batsman as well. The bowlers tend to trust him. There is a great understanding between the bowler and the keeper, which is doing wonders for India,” Arnold concluded.
For India, the top-order right-handed batsman Laxman played 134 Tests and 86 ODIs, as Arnold featured in 180 ODIs, 44 Tests and a solitary T20I.