IPL 2013 May 3, 2013

Dhoni a 'clever' captain - Pietersen

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England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that MS Dhoni should take a lot of credit for Chennai Super Kings' success in the IPL in his role as the captain. Super Kings have already featured in four finals, winning two and losing two (in addition to winning a Champions League title), and are almost certain to qualify for the playoffs in the current season as well.

Pietersen, part of Delhi Daredevils, couldn't take part in the IPL this year due to a knee injury. Pietersen has been off the braces for the last ten days and hopes to be fit for the Ashes.

"The reason why CSK are so successful is because MS is such a clever skipper in Indian conditions," Pietersen said at an event in New Delhi. "Besides him (Dhoni) making a huge impact with the bat, CSK have also got quality spinners for the tracks on which they are playing. Their overseas recruits including Michael Hussey and even coach Stephen Fleming, have made significant contributions."

Daredevils have struggled in the tournament, currently second from last in the points table, but Pietersen felt his absence wasn't the only reason for their slump.

"It's flattering to hear that but I don't think that's the only reason. We also didn't have Viru [Sehwag] for the initial matches, Morne [Morkel] and Roelof [van der Merwe] had domestic commitments. Also what happened to Jesse [Ryder] made us slow starters. But the boys are gaining confidence and mathematically, we can still make it."

Looking ahead to the Champions Trophy in England in June, which he will also miss, Pietersen backed his Daredevils team-mates Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan to shine, if selected.

"In England, the Indian bowlers will have a good time as the ball swings a bit more. Whatever I have seen, Umesh has developed a good slower delivery which will be helpful in limited-overs cricket. Irfan, being a left-armer is a valuable asset with the angles he can produce."

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  • on May 5, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    dhoni although my favourite in ipl as i think he has a perfect game plan as a captain ,think hes good in odi's and t20's but in tests hes no where near the class of ponting and smith whom i rate highly above all in tests

  • Harmony111 on May 4, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @karthikblue07:

    India won 4-0 against Aus recently. Tell me what seniors were there in that team who helped MSD win the series. SG, RD, VVS, ZK, GG did not play at all. HB & VS played only 2 tests each.

    The team consisted of Murali, Dhawan, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, MSD, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ojha, Rahane & Ishant. Except Sachin who exactly is senior to Dhoni?

    I fully expect that now you will try to come up with some new twisted reason against MSD.

  • on May 4, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Agree totally with Jasonpete. Clarke is a good example that a captain is only as good as his team. Michael Clarke is perhaps the most attacking captain that you can get in world cricket. But all this came to nothing during the tour to India. MSD is the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket in recent times. Plus guys remember that he also a wicketkeeper. A keeper's greatest test comes in conditions when the ball is turning. Keeping to spinners on dustbowls is the ultimate test for a keeper. It requires superb skills and concentration since for balls turning from the rough , you are blinded most of the time by the batsman, especially if a legspinner or a left arm spinner is bowling. It is an area that Dhoni has mastered. Look at his stumpings, you will understand what I am saying. He will surely go down as one of the greatest cricketers India has produced by the time he retires.

  • jaga_megavarnam03 on May 4, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    MSD is the greatest captain that India has ever got.. off course even Ganguly will also add to this list... But the way Dhoni controls the game and takes more responsibility not only as captain but also as a key player..He has produced some greatest victory for the team...And belts most successful captain in all formats...After MSD stepping out as a captain it is very difficult for someone to replace his boots...MSD at his best...Salute for the 'captain cool' who wins most of our hearts and deserved to be a true warrior...

  • on May 4, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    @karthikblue07 Want to see how those poisons hurts long after, just watch Gautham Gambhir. And the Gambhir, Sehwag attitudes over the past couple of years! Over the 35 years or so I have been following the Indian cricket, Dhoni is probably among the best and some one I am proud of (along with Dravid, Laxman, Sachin and Kumble, ..). Agrees 100% with "Prabhakar Muthukrishnan".

  • on May 4, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Ahhh, these days of flattery. Serendipitously long, but don't they all come to a blinding end. Oh no I forgot, the Champions League's still to be played.

  • on May 4, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    few players r not selected ,where selected players r not desevred ,only two or three players

  • on May 4, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    MSD is the greatest ever captain of India....No doubt....

  • on May 4, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Dhoni when at his best can make the world's best captain. I think he should be test captain, but he has to play less matches.

  • mathewjohn2176 on May 4, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Posted by karthikblue07 on (May 4, 2013, 7:54 GMT)You got to be joking when you say ganguly made sachin tendulkar,dravid,laxman and Kumble the players who they are.LOL.Under Azharuddin,all these players were already there including ganguly himself.Even ganguly won many test matches as captain only because of dravid,sachin,laxman and Kumble performances.Same goes to dhoni.Ganguly led young sachin,dravid,laxman,Kumble but when india lost away series 8-0 ,all these players were in decline .So there is no difference among these two except there is no Kumble or bhajji or even ganguly in the the later part .

  • on May 5, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    dhoni although my favourite in ipl as i think he has a perfect game plan as a captain ,think hes good in odi's and t20's but in tests hes no where near the class of ponting and smith whom i rate highly above all in tests

  • Harmony111 on May 4, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @karthikblue07:

    India won 4-0 against Aus recently. Tell me what seniors were there in that team who helped MSD win the series. SG, RD, VVS, ZK, GG did not play at all. HB & VS played only 2 tests each.

    The team consisted of Murali, Dhawan, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, MSD, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ojha, Rahane & Ishant. Except Sachin who exactly is senior to Dhoni?

    I fully expect that now you will try to come up with some new twisted reason against MSD.

  • on May 4, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Agree totally with Jasonpete. Clarke is a good example that a captain is only as good as his team. Michael Clarke is perhaps the most attacking captain that you can get in world cricket. But all this came to nothing during the tour to India. MSD is the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket in recent times. Plus guys remember that he also a wicketkeeper. A keeper's greatest test comes in conditions when the ball is turning. Keeping to spinners on dustbowls is the ultimate test for a keeper. It requires superb skills and concentration since for balls turning from the rough , you are blinded most of the time by the batsman, especially if a legspinner or a left arm spinner is bowling. It is an area that Dhoni has mastered. Look at his stumpings, you will understand what I am saying. He will surely go down as one of the greatest cricketers India has produced by the time he retires.

  • jaga_megavarnam03 on May 4, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    MSD is the greatest captain that India has ever got.. off course even Ganguly will also add to this list... But the way Dhoni controls the game and takes more responsibility not only as captain but also as a key player..He has produced some greatest victory for the team...And belts most successful captain in all formats...After MSD stepping out as a captain it is very difficult for someone to replace his boots...MSD at his best...Salute for the 'captain cool' who wins most of our hearts and deserved to be a true warrior...

  • on May 4, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    @karthikblue07 Want to see how those poisons hurts long after, just watch Gautham Gambhir. And the Gambhir, Sehwag attitudes over the past couple of years! Over the 35 years or so I have been following the Indian cricket, Dhoni is probably among the best and some one I am proud of (along with Dravid, Laxman, Sachin and Kumble, ..). Agrees 100% with "Prabhakar Muthukrishnan".

  • on May 4, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Ahhh, these days of flattery. Serendipitously long, but don't they all come to a blinding end. Oh no I forgot, the Champions League's still to be played.

  • on May 4, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    few players r not selected ,where selected players r not desevred ,only two or three players

  • on May 4, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    MSD is the greatest ever captain of India....No doubt....

  • on May 4, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Dhoni when at his best can make the world's best captain. I think he should be test captain, but he has to play less matches.

  • mathewjohn2176 on May 4, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Posted by karthikblue07 on (May 4, 2013, 7:54 GMT)You got to be joking when you say ganguly made sachin tendulkar,dravid,laxman and Kumble the players who they are.LOL.Under Azharuddin,all these players were already there including ganguly himself.Even ganguly won many test matches as captain only because of dravid,sachin,laxman and Kumble performances.Same goes to dhoni.Ganguly led young sachin,dravid,laxman,Kumble but when india lost away series 8-0 ,all these players were in decline .So there is no difference among these two except there is no Kumble or bhajji or even ganguly in the the later part .

  • karthikblue07 on May 4, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @Prabhakaran: When Dhoni took over the captaincy, the seniors were in downfall? You must be joking kid. Ganguly is the one who made them to be who they are. Keeping the future of Indian cricket, he chose the players cleverly. I agree Dhoni is makes a great captian, but only bcoz of the senior players who were in peak form he could manage such a huge Captaincy record. Please remember that except Kumble and Sourav all the other senior players played under Dhoni for a minimum of 4years. Later, they form declined and so Dhoni's captaincy record.

  • jasonpete on May 4, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Posted by Prabhakar Muthukrishnan on (May 4, 2013, 6:00 GMT), you summed up nicely there.People who blame solely on dhoni for 7-0 whitewash ( last test match here in aus captained by sehwag ) should then credit only dhoni for World Cup wins . Michael Clarke is a very good captain but he too struggled in Indian condition with the inexperienced aus players in last test series,similar to dhoni with out of form senior players.Captain is as good as the team and blaming only captain is not going to solve the problem especially from ex players and their fans.( in india blaming captain for everything is the norm) .india is lucky to have dhoni who is doing three jobs ( wicket,batting and captain) excellently for the team (with his own limited batting techniques ) along with his imited bowling resources.( weakest among test playing nations) People will understand someone value once they retire,now all they know is criticise to the core.( from non Indian fan)

  • Bowlersholding on May 4, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    MSD understands his players and they respect him. Part of his tactical astuteness is his ability to read people in situations - both his team mates and opposition. He then also influences the match with his own brilliant ability.

  • on May 4, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    MSD is India's best captain ever. Period. So far as the 8-0 England and Australia white wash are concerned, it happened because of the failure of experienced players and Dhoni alone cannot be blamed. He was clearly carrying passengers. Batsmen usually reach their peak between 30-35 and Sourav Ganguly was extremely lucky in the sense that Dravid, Sachin and VVS were at their peak during his captaincy. Plus he had a rampaging Kumble and Harbhajan. When Dhoni took over the test captaincy the seniors were on the decline. Harbhajan had faded out. Zaheer became injury prone. Even Viru's form declined. Plus the fact that seniors were not willing to retire also hurt his captaincy.

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    @nilb: Ok, so?? what's your point now? elaborate

  • on May 4, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @ amazing fan. Yes he is excellent in Odi's (one of the alltime greats with wasim, waqar, bevan, sachin etc) and had a very good series in England. Yes England bowlers couldn't ge him out. But saying that he was the only batsman in form is incorrect as both kholi and Raina had a very good series. In odi's the problem was the bowlers and advantage England kept getting because of rain. But his selections will continue to be questionable. Despite playing poorly in the whole tour how did jadeja end up playing every single match in CB series. sehwag hardly bowled and even he took more wickets than jadeja did in entire series. Irfan pathan mainly batting at number 9 had a better series than jadeja with the bat. Suresh Raina also underperforming playing every match. Guys like Tiwari, Rahanee ended up warming the bench. It is even more pathetic seeing dhoni ask for turners (because they were asked after these whitewashes), revealing a not only lot of egobut also lack of self confidence.

  • nilb on May 4, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    "Indian conditions" is the key word here. Why else would he ask the ground staff for a turning track?

  • VJGS on May 4, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Numbers speak for themselves. Dhoni has surpassed Gamguly as the most successful captain India has ever had. And this was despite losing 8-0 against Australia and England. Can any other captain maintain such a winning percentage after such losses? NO.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 4, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    @ Naman Gupta,i think she was talking abt odi series in england not tests...in ODIS dhoni performed in all conditions and eng bowlers did struggle to get dhoni out in that series inspite of losing odi series 3-0 he was adjudjed man of the series for his batting.....CRICINFO PLS PUBLISH

  • on May 4, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    KP has observed the Indian Cricketers keenly as is obvious from his comments offered during a function to which he is an Ambassador. He has correctly measured the capabilities of Dhoni,irfan Pathan,Umesh yadav,Aswin ,Jadeja .

    His comments about Sehwag also is very valuable.Sehwag is not a player to be excluded so easily just be cause he flopped in a couple of Matches.He is a massive hitter most ideal for cricket of IPL sort. Sunil Gavaskar says Sehwag may not be selected for Champion Trophy.But there is a concession in the ICCRules also to include players outside the declared probables.

    Even if he is not selected,it is not yet time for him to call it a day.Like Ram(SRT)SHYAM(Sehwag) should also stay for long.They were the most successful openers sometimes back until Gambhir had taken over from SRT. The new find Samson also plays technically well like Poojara by choosing worthy balls to punish.He too is not in the Probables list.But he is so young that he could wait until due.

  • on May 4, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    @ womenlovecricket: "Dhoni was the only man in form and England could never get him out". Seriously despite two not out 50's, he still only averaged 31. Shows how poor he was in the rest of the series apart from 3rd test. Dravid was the only one in form, with sachin unable to convert his starts under the pressue of the 100th century. In Australia, he was tirelessly competing with Haddin for worst Keeeper batsman worldwide. Dhoni has now improved his test form but the fact is the selectors have paid zero attention to his work load and he is mentally drained. "he is a good captain because he knows which people to use when". That is why suresh raina (with firstclass average of low 40's) made his test debut before Pujara, kholi and Rohit Sharma. With rohit sharma, I don't understand why he is getting so many chances in ODI's and zero in Tests when clearly his first class stats are much better- should have made his test debut by 2008 but selectors were wasting time on Yuvraj.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on May 4, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    EverybodylovesSachin on (May 3, 2013, 19:06 GMT) Tendulkar is probably the best batsman India have ever seen, no one outside of India thinks he is anywhere near the best ever batsman worldwide. Dhonni is a splendid captain in ODI's or T20's but limited tactically in tests where his personal lower middle order power batting is less pivotal.

  • on May 3, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    @sahilz79 I'm not saying something new -- it's not something that hasn't been said by cricket commentators and former players before. I'm just reiterating those views.

  • Harmony111 on May 3, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    Let's put it this way --- If MSD had 1 bowler like Steyn, 1 AR like Kallis & 2-3 fielders like most SA/Aus ones then India would have done much better than what SA/Aus/Eng have done under Smith/Ponting-Clarke/Strauss-Cook. I have said it in the past and would say it again, it is unreasonable for us to expect MSD to be Alexander without giving him the necessary troops.

  • praneethtz on May 3, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    dhoni is the best captain India has ever had..people talk abt 8-0 loss (7-0 though dhoni did not play a match) is the dark side of his captaincy a part frm that it has been brillant from him..bt as a whole team failed in eng and aus .dhoni has decently in eng with bat bt failed in aus...the unnoticed fact is wen india won in eng in 2008 dhoni was 2nd highest scorer in series..he had 5 half centuries..he is tough will prove himself in SA

  • ThyrSaadam on May 3, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Captains get too much credit. There is a search on currently to find best captains across different formats of the game. For a players of Dhoni's ability he will almost single handedly change the make up of any t20 side and will almost always contribute to the team's success as a player. I am wilingly to bet that if CSK was to be led my Mike Hussey and have the same playing XI as they do currently, they's still be as successful. Credit goes to the players and the team.

  • sahilz79 on May 3, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @Aditya - I'm sure your experience supersedes that of Dhoni in international cricket - if only he was scouring through cricinfo forums for advise we wouldn't have lost 0-8 in England & down under...

  • on May 3, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Definitely best captain in the IPL by a country mile. Give the same team to any other guy. Mahela to Gilchrist. They would finish at the bottom. He helped gel well as a team. 0-8 is a stigma in his career. But you cannot take away w20 win, world cup win, asia cup win, world no.1 ranking, first ever cb series win, first NZ series win in eons, first drawn series in SA. Two IPL wins, 4 IPL finals, one championship league win. Problem with critics who blame him for 0-8, they should come up with the answer which captain could have prevented 0-8 massacre. I doubt neither Gauti nor Viru can do who are remotely close to how Dhoni manages team. I bet most of the cry babies are Mumbai Indian fans or some other franchise fans. He has his shortcomings. So are most of the captains in the world when they are presented with bunch of out of form players and average bowling attack.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on May 3, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    @Faisal Taquie-- But still Tendulkar is the best batsman world has ever seen..Tendulkar never into captaincy anyway and captain has to do lot of other work to give impact on cricket..and he did good in ODI and twenty in indian conditions but not in test cricket.

  • on May 3, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    I dare say, Dhoni has had bigger impact on Indian cricket than Tendulkar!

  • on May 3, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    MSD is good in Indian conditions, because the slow pitches suit his style of captaincy -- having in-out fields, giving the batsmen singles, putting the spinners on and then watching the opposition succumb to the pressure of not scoring boundaries.

    This doesn't work in foreign conditions -- spinners are firstly not as effective, and wickets are more important than saving boundaries. The quicker he learns that the better for him.

  • on May 3, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    ipl should be only about a month long these guys need rest those test loses in england and australia will hurt dhonis legacy as a captain of india dhoni should focus on the south africa series

  • Cricwallahs on May 3, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    MSD is a perfect martinet to marshal CSK and India.He's clever when it comes to field placement.Wonder a straightish fineleg for Misbah in World cup final!He is a succesful captain because he values people,sees failure as temporary,and bounces back by his own strenghts,focuses on the future of Indian cricket.Many people never tend to realise the true nature of leadership is really sacrifice.Epitome of success and has the latent qualities of a great leader.His records can't be broken,feat unmatched a T20 world cup,World cup 2011,IPL,Champions Trophy.. Perfect team-man,best finisher,thinktank,true spotrsmanship what more could you expect!

  • on May 3, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    I agree with KP on Dhoni's Captaincy but I think he has a long way to come closer to Ricky Pontings captaincy

  • Alexk400 on May 3, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Dhoni is a bully in indian conditions. He is no good in England pitches where ball bounce and swing. That said dhoni is best leader in that he ensure each player give their best or someone will take their place. There are politics but the politics under dhoni is based on performance. he will go with anyone who can win game for him. He has self belief in that he will give everything he got. His style works only in Indian conditions because indian player only play in india. In foreign conditions india got trounced 8-0. That shows he is not adaptable in foreign conditions. His player did not perform under him in foreign conditions. Dhoni is emperor when ball bounce only knee high.

  • womenlovecricket on May 3, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    @Posted by Jose Cyriac on (May 3, 2013, 13:48 GMT) A captain is only as good as his team. During those failures your mentioned Dhoni was the only man in form and England could never get him out. All the other batsmen let him down and never gave him the support. So tell me how one man can be blamed for the failures? Yes he is a good captain because he knows which people to use when. Now a days he has gone against many indian supports are made sure that youngsters gets a change and have finally dropped the senior players who are past their time. The youngsters are hungry for win and they will provide Dhoni with the support to try and succeed overseas. It is astounding that people forget what he achieved before 2011 and how he got India to number in every format. How about talking about the fact that Dhoni has won every single cup you can win in cricket - t20 wc, WC, Asian cup, champions trophy, IPL, Champions league and made India test team number one.

  • on May 3, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Why CSK always win is if any team got top order wickets cheaply, This man Dhoni wouldn't get out. Dhoni's consistency is remarkable.

  • on May 3, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    The last time we toured England the result was 0-4 ,Mr. Deepak. Pietersen is quite correct in his assessment> Dhoni is s very smart limited overs captain in Indian conditions. Nothing more.

  • on May 3, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Totally agreed to Kevin P. The really good thing about Dhoni is he use his resources (whatever you provide him) very well. Every season for CSK, you will find one new Domestic and International talent. It all started with WT20 followed by IPL, then Champions League and finally W50 World Cup. At times, he seems to be over burden but this is how he plays him game.

  • on May 3, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    I think KP is right. 0-8 in foreign conditions in test matches. and failed to reach CB series finals. lost all one day matches in England in 2011. and after a long IPL, most of the Indian players will be tired i guess. So like in the world T20 in 2009 and 2010, India might fare badly in this CT..that is kinda of given. If they are able get past Semi Finals, we can count it as an achievement

  • landl47 on May 3, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    It's always good to see people step out of their comfort zone, such as KP talking about intelligence.

  • thinkgood on May 3, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Dhoni has become a good captain in test matches also recently. But KP is right Dhoni needs to improve on overseas record and if he can do that too, he will be among the an all time best captains such as Clive Lloyd , Border, Waugh , Greg Chappell and Ganguly. Good for India.

  • on May 3, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Sir MS Dhoni , Sir M.S Dhoni is very very Special Talented and Hard Work Captain ever produced in India He is not only Success in Asian Continent he also Success in Australia, South Africa, Newzeland, W.Indies

  • zaksy on May 3, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    True kevin CSK has all the resources and all of them are world class fortunately they got best in Indian T20 players likes raina, dhoni ,badri, jaddu nd ashwin on the othr hand our Indian players are struggling fr runs hopefully they will play merwe in the place of mahela and promote rohrer in delhi and hydrbad due to bowling conditions and on other place they stick to same XI Hoping for the best for DD and they ll still make to playoffs #DD fan

  • on May 3, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    in INDIAN CONDITIONS??? Mr. Pieterson, Dhoni is capable of doing the same in England too. Wait and watch! He will score a double hundred in England in 2014 and with his awesome captaincy make India no.1 again ...

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  • on May 3, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    in INDIAN CONDITIONS??? Mr. Pieterson, Dhoni is capable of doing the same in England too. Wait and watch! He will score a double hundred in England in 2014 and with his awesome captaincy make India no.1 again ...

  • zaksy on May 3, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    True kevin CSK has all the resources and all of them are world class fortunately they got best in Indian T20 players likes raina, dhoni ,badri, jaddu nd ashwin on the othr hand our Indian players are struggling fr runs hopefully they will play merwe in the place of mahela and promote rohrer in delhi and hydrbad due to bowling conditions and on other place they stick to same XI Hoping for the best for DD and they ll still make to playoffs #DD fan

  • on May 3, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Sir MS Dhoni , Sir M.S Dhoni is very very Special Talented and Hard Work Captain ever produced in India He is not only Success in Asian Continent he also Success in Australia, South Africa, Newzeland, W.Indies

  • thinkgood on May 3, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Dhoni has become a good captain in test matches also recently. But KP is right Dhoni needs to improve on overseas record and if he can do that too, he will be among the an all time best captains such as Clive Lloyd , Border, Waugh , Greg Chappell and Ganguly. Good for India.

  • landl47 on May 3, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    It's always good to see people step out of their comfort zone, such as KP talking about intelligence.

  • on May 3, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    I think KP is right. 0-8 in foreign conditions in test matches. and failed to reach CB series finals. lost all one day matches in England in 2011. and after a long IPL, most of the Indian players will be tired i guess. So like in the world T20 in 2009 and 2010, India might fare badly in this CT..that is kinda of given. If they are able get past Semi Finals, we can count it as an achievement

  • on May 3, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Totally agreed to Kevin P. The really good thing about Dhoni is he use his resources (whatever you provide him) very well. Every season for CSK, you will find one new Domestic and International talent. It all started with WT20 followed by IPL, then Champions League and finally W50 World Cup. At times, he seems to be over burden but this is how he plays him game.

  • on May 3, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    The last time we toured England the result was 0-4 ,Mr. Deepak. Pietersen is quite correct in his assessment> Dhoni is s very smart limited overs captain in Indian conditions. Nothing more.

  • on May 3, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Why CSK always win is if any team got top order wickets cheaply, This man Dhoni wouldn't get out. Dhoni's consistency is remarkable.

  • womenlovecricket on May 3, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    @Posted by Jose Cyriac on (May 3, 2013, 13:48 GMT) A captain is only as good as his team. During those failures your mentioned Dhoni was the only man in form and England could never get him out. All the other batsmen let him down and never gave him the support. So tell me how one man can be blamed for the failures? Yes he is a good captain because he knows which people to use when. Now a days he has gone against many indian supports are made sure that youngsters gets a change and have finally dropped the senior players who are past their time. The youngsters are hungry for win and they will provide Dhoni with the support to try and succeed overseas. It is astounding that people forget what he achieved before 2011 and how he got India to number in every format. How about talking about the fact that Dhoni has won every single cup you can win in cricket - t20 wc, WC, Asian cup, champions trophy, IPL, Champions league and made India test team number one.