India head coach Ravi Shastri has termed former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the greatest limited-overs captain. Dhoni achieved a lot as a captain in his international career. He is the only skipper to have won all the three ICC trophies, having won the T20 World Cup (2007), ICC Cricket World Cup (2011) and ICC Champions Trophy (2013). He also led Chennai Super Kings to three Indian Premier League (IPL) and two Champions League titles.
Dhoni and Shastri will collaborate for India’s T20 World Cup campaign. Dhoni has been roped in as a mentor for the showpiece event, which could be Ravi Shastri’s final assignment as head coach of team India.
“Dhoni is the greatest white-ball captain ever. Just look at his record in ICC tournaments. What has he not won? IPL, Champions League, all ICC tournaments, two World Cups. There is no one close to him when it comes to white-ball cricket. He has to be the greatest. The King Kong, you can call him in that fashion,” said Shastri in an interview to Fancode
Whatever the situation be, Dhoni always stayed calm, which helped him get the name of ‘Captain Cool’. Lauding his ability to stay composed in unfavourable situations, Shastri said, “When you see Dhoni captaining a side, and you see Chennai Super Kings (CSK), there’s that assurance and calmness of things in control. The other side might me whacking sixes or fours but you still get the feeling there is this composure and control.”
After a miserable outing in the 2020 edition, Dhoni-led CSK made a remarkable turnaround and became the first team to qualify for the playoffs. Speaking on CSK’s next match against Rajasthan Royals (RR), Shastri said CSK would not want to lose the momentum.
“The ball is in CSK’s court, how they want to play. They have qualified, they are going to finish 1 or 2, there is no question about that. It’s how Dhoni sees it. Does he want to rest players or does he want to try one or two players for the game? The endeavor would be to win. They would start as favorites, but no one likes to lose momentum.”