New Delhi, January 5: Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar led the world of cricket in paying tributes to Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the ‘Captain Cool’ quit as skipper in limited overs games.
The Ranchi stumper on Wednesday stepped down but made himself available for selection for the three One-Day Internationals and T20Is against England starting on January 15. He had already retired from Test cricket in December 2014.
Not only Tendulkar and Gavaskar, themselves cricket legends, and Dhoni’s colleagues and teammates, but former England and Austrtalian skippers Michel Vaughan and Michael Clarke lauded him as India;’s most successful captain.
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar recounted the moments when he captained the country to T20 and ODI World Cup triumphs.
Tendulkar tributes on his twitter :
— OMGSACHIN (@OmgSachin) January 4, 2017
Gavaskar told NDTV that if Dhoni had called it a day, he would have protested outside his house, and added that the World Cup winning captain is still a destroyer with the bat.
“If he had quit as a player, then I would have the been the first one outside his house, having a dharna, asking him to make a comeback. As a player, he is still a destroyer. He changes fortunes of the game in a single over. India needs him as a player very very badly. I am happy that he has decided to stay on as a player,” Gavaskar said.
“Virat would definitely use him at number four or five because having him further down the order doesn’t make any sense. Yes, he is a finisher but he can play a big innings at four or five and still end up as a finisher,” Gavaskar said.
“The wicketkeeping will be a lot easier because he will not be thinking about the bowling changes and field placements, which can sometimes distract you,” Gavaskar added.
Dhoni’s contemporaries Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma and other players also heaped praise on him.
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) January 4, 2017
A true leader @msdhoni he influenced so many cricketing careers including mine when he asked me to open in the ICC Champions Trophy
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 4, 2017
Indian hockey skipper P.R. Shreejesh said
— sreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) January 5, 2017
Australia’s former captain Michael Clarke added Dhoni will go down as one of India’s most successful captains
I think @msdhoni will go down as one of India’s most successful captains. He is a great man and still has a lot to offer Indian cricket.
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) January 4, 2017
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