IPL 2013 May 3, 2013

Dhoni a 'clever' captain - Pietersen

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Harmon on May 4, 2013, 19:51 GMT


    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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Jagadish 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...

  • Dummy4 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".

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 10:07 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 9:50 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • mathew 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 .

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