Pakistan cricket team needs a captain like MS Dhoni: Yasir Arafat
MS Dhoni was one of the best captains in the world during his heydays. No matter how small Team India set a target, the captain cool still finds a way to come out on top with his smart field placements and by rotating the bowlers at the right time. He also backed the youngsters a lot and that’s what made him a true leader.
The veteran is widely recognized as a cricketing brain because he possesses a lot of knowledge about the game. During his captaincy reign, Team India won three major ICC trophies namely T20 World Cup 2007, ODI World Cup 2011 and Champions Trophy 2013.
After Virat Kohli took charge as captain, Team India haven’t managed to win an ICC trophy yet. MS Dhoni retired from all forms of international cricket on August 15, 2020. However, he is still playing the IPL. The Chennai Super Kings captain led the franchise to 3 IPL titles and is the second-most successful captain in India’s franchise cricket.
Pakistan need a captain like MS Dhoni: Yasir Arafat
Meanwhile, former Pakistan cricketer Yasir Arafat reckons the current Pakistan cricket team needs a leader like MS Dhoni. The former all-rounder showered his praise on MS Dhoni’s astute leadership qualities, adding that Pakistan would benefit a lot if they had a leader like Dhoni.
Yasir Arafat, who was part of the Pakistan squad that lost to India in the 2007 T20 World Cup final said Dhoni had praised his bowling in the T20 World Cup. When an interviewer asked him to pick an Indian player in Pakistan’s XI, the former all-rounder picked Dhoni’s name and replied:
“MS Dhoni is not playing now, but if he had not retired, I would have taken him in the Pakistan XI as a captain. The current Pakistan team needs someone like Dhoni who knows the skill of man-management. Our players are talented, but they need a leader who has qualities like MS Dhoni.”
Yasir Arafat went on to add more about Dhoni’s finishing skills. Dhoni earned the tag of a ‘finisher’ because of his ability to keep himself calm in nerve-wracking situations and pull off epic run-chases. The former Pakistani cricketer also added that even an experienced bowler like Shoaib Akhtar could never plan for MS Dhoni.
“You would have heard Shoaib Akhtar saying that whenever he bowled against MS Dhoni, he never knew how he would beat him. He is very strong mentally and physically. There was Michael Bevan in the ’90s before Dhoni. His ODI batting average was more than 50. I don’t think any current player in the world is even close to MS Dhoni when it comes to finishing.”