Never underestimate importance of Dhoni: Clarke
NEW DELHI: Former Australian captain Michael Clarke on Thursday warned critics to “never underestimate” the importance of veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Indian limited overs teams.
Clarke tweeted after the Australian team beat fancied India in the fifth and final ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla for a stunning come-from-behind 3-2 series win in New Delhi on Wednesday.
“Never underestimate the importance of MSD — experience in the middle order is so important,” Clarke, a World Cup-winning captain, wrote on his twitter handle about the seasoned player who has also led his country to two World Cup triumphs.
India surrendered a 2-0 lead in the just-concluded five-match series even as the Australians made a remarkable comeback by winning three consecutive matches.
Incidentally, Dhoni did not feature in the last two games with young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant struggling to fill in the former India captain’s shoes.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and the ICC World Cup in 2011, ending a 28-year drought.
Not just as a reliable batsman and wicketkeeper, Dhoni’s guidance in the field was also missed in the last two matches that India lost against Australia.