Hailed as one of the best captains in modern cricket, MS Dhoni insists that it is the players he leads that make him look good.
Having already led India to a World Cup success and the top of the Test rankings, Dhoni became India’s second most successful captain in history when India secured a 63-run victory over the West Indies in the first Test of their three-match series.
Added to his international success, Dhoni has also guided his Indian Premier League outfit the Chennai Super Kings to two IPL titles and one Champions League trophy.
However, despite this the skipper credits the players in his various teams with making the job of captaincy easy for him.
“I am fortunate to have a good Indian team, irrespective of whether I am leading the (national) team in any format, or when it comes to IPL or Champions League,” he said.
“It is important that how the 15 you are leading, how they respond to your strategy, and how they adapt themselves to the kind of strategies that a captain has got.
“That way I have been very fortunate to have players who have given more than 100 per cent on the field, which I always emphasise.
“They have also got a point that it is not always about winning. What is important to do the basics right and do well.”
The 29-year-old will add yet another record to his collection if India can win the second Test against the Windies which starts on Tuesday. By securing the series victory, Dhoni’s men will become the first Indian team to win both an ODI and Test series in the Caribbean.
“We will try to do something that has not been done,” Dhoni said of the feat.
“I will say the same things again. We will stick to the basics. We practised quite hard.
“Whichever areas are there where we need to improve and put in a little extra effort, we have backed up those areas.” Cricket365