Former Australia captain Greg Chappell has heaped praise on MS Dhoni, saying his decision-making skills set him apart from his great counterparts.

Chappell worked with Dhoni during his two-year tenure as India’s head coach between 2005 and 2007. The Australian great has rated Dhoni as one of the ‘sharpest’ cricketing minds that he has come across in his life.

After beginning his career under Sourav Ganguly and John Wright, Dhoni began to excel in the Rahul Dravid-Greg Chappell era. The wicketkeeper-batsman’s iconic knock of 183 not out against Sri Lanka also came when Chappell was India’s coach.

Chappell mentioned Dhoni’s example while pointing out the absence of natural environments that once played a pivotal role in the players’ development in strong cricket nations. We have the best IPL betting tips and tricks here in our website. Do check our free guide.

“The developed cricket countries have lost the natural environments that were a big part of their development structure in bygone eras. In those environments, young cricketers learned from watching good players and then emulating them in pick-up matches with family and friends,” Chappell wrote.

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MS Dhoni’s Decision-Making Skills Set Him Apart, Says Greg Chappell

“The Indian subcontinent still has many towns where coaching facilities are rare and youngsters play in streets and on vacant land without the interference of formal coaching. This is where many of their current stars have learned the game.

“One of them is Dhoni, who came from the town of Ranchi in Jharkhand. MS Dhoni, with whom I worked in India, is a good example of a batter who developed his talent and learned to play in this fashion,” added Chappell in the same column.

MS Dhoni is one of the sharpest cricket minds: Greg Chappell

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Babar Azam, MS Dhoni ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Dhoni, whose journey from being a small-town boy to becoming one of the greatest captains of India is well documented, retired from international cricket in 2020. Under his leadership, India won the T20 World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Champions Trophy and reached the top of the ICC Test Rankings.

“By competing against more experienced individuals on a variety of surfaces early in his development, Dhoni developed the decision-making and strategic skills that have set him apart from many of his peers. He is one of the sharpest cricket minds I have encountered,” Chappell wrote further.

After leading Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their fourth title in the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year, Dhoni joined Team India as their mentor for the T20 World Cup. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a forgettable campaign for Virat Kohli and Co as they even failed to make it to the semi-final. Here are the top betting apps for phone.

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