Former Indian coach Greg Chappell has heaped praises for Dhoni for his sharp cricketing mind, decision-making and stratgic skills. Chappel was the coach of Team India from 2005 till 2007 and is mostly known for his fued with Sourav Ganguly.
Chappel also pointed out the key difference between Indian and English culture. According to Chappell, the likes of Dhoni batted on a variety of surfaces in which allowed him to stand apart from his peers whereas developed countries like England train batters with respect to the coaching manual which has done more harm than good.
“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.” wrote Chappel in his Cricinfo column.
Chappell also pointed out flaws in the English batting line up that enabled their Ashes 4- 0 thrashing. He said he knows where England are faulting but will not give away the advice for free.
“The England batting was bereft of class, short on imagination, and lacked resilience throughout this tour. If I was in charge of English cricket, I know what I would do first – but I won’t be giving that information away for free!”
Dhoni was not known for his batting technique but had the ability to survive and win matches at the last moment. MS is also the only captain till now who has won all the ICC tournmanets in his time. His 183 knock against Sri Lanka at Jaipur was one of the memorable innings. India under Dhoni reached new heights of cricket and the period from 2007 till 2013 is widely regarded as the golden era of Indian cricket where India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 50 over World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy.