Former Australia and Chennai Super Kings player Michael Hussey feels former India skipper MS Dhoni strategically reads the game slightly better than Australia’s World Cup winning captain Ricky Ponting.
Michael Hussey, who has been fortunate enough to have played under both Ricky Pointing and MS Dhoni, examined them from close quarters and gave his verdict on their captaincy.
Hussey was part of Australia squad which won three ICC tournaments the 2007 World Cup and the 2006 and 2009 Champions Trophy under Ponting and also played a key role in MS Dhoni led CSK’s IPL success.
“Ricky is just so driven and so competitive in everything that he does. He can be playing table tennis in the team room or he can be playing a game of marbles and Ricky would want to win. You’ll do a fielding drill at training and he wants to lead. He wants to set the highest standard,” Hussey told Raunak Kapoor in a chat on YouTube.
Michael Hussey further said that both Dhoni and Ponting are different captains but they are effective in their own ways as they back their players.
“If we had the worst nets in the world that we have to practice on, he will be the first one into the net and show that it’s okay. He really leads from the front and he certainly backs his players 100%. That’s probably where the similarity is with MS,” Hussey added.
“MS is a lot calmer. A lot more measured. And I would say he strategically reads the game slightly better than Ricky. Ricky was a good tactician as well. Fantastic, but the way MS makes some moves out there in the field, I’ll be sort of thinking “where’s he going with this?” Inevitably it might work. How did this come from? He just backs his gut feel. Two different captains but both very effective in their own ways,” Hussey explained.
Source: India Today
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