Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has said MS Dhoni ‘changed the whole culture and face of Indian cricket’ after the former captain announced his international retirement.
MS Dhoni is India’s most successful skipper, having played a starring role in their 2011 World Cup final win on home and also guided them to victory in the inaugural T20 World Cup final and the Champions Trophy.
“He’s a big name in Indian cricket, he’s served Indian cricket very well,” Misbah told media officials after the third day’s play in the second Test between England and Pakistan was delayed due to rain.
Misbah added Dhoni had altered the mentality of the Indian team.
“One of the greats I think, the way he changed the approach and especially he achieved so much for Indian cricket, winning the World Cup, winning the Champions Trophy, winning the T20 World Cup,” said Misbah.
“He’s got all the trophies in his bag,” added the coach.
However, Misbah had suffered a dramatic five-run defeat by arch-rivals India in the 2007 World T20 final in Johannesburg.
‘Dhoni – A Cool Captain’
Dhoni was also renowned for his ability under pressure, a talent he demonstrated during his 91 not out against Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final where he sealed a six-wicket win in style with a towering six off Nuwan Kulasekara after promoting himself up the batting order.
“He was such a cool captain on the outside, but from the inside such an aggressive player,” said former Pakistan skipper Misbah.
He also paid tribute to Dhoni’s qualities as a tactician and man-manager.