There is a reason why MS Dhoni is known as ‘captain cool’. MS Dhoni hardly displayed any sign of worries and uncertainty even when things are not in his favour. His ability to remain calm on the field ensured that he could take some of the most important calls in tough situations that helped his team in winning.
MS Dhoni, thus far, is the only skipper to have won all three ICC tournaments - the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy. The 39-year-old has also led Chennai Super Kings to three IPL glories.
Former ICC umpire Simon Taufel, during a recent conversation, praised MS Dhoni and called his one of the smartest player. “MS Dhoni is one of the smartest cricket minds that I have come across in the game of cricket. I don’t say that because he is Indian, I say that because that’s the way I see it,” Taufel told.
“He is an incredible strategic thinker and got a great cricket brain. But he also has a great temperament and tremendous composure,” he added.
The former umpire went on to remember an incident that took place in Cape Town during a Test series when MS Dhoni was accused of slow over rate as Sree takes 7-8 minutes to bowl an over.
“The umpires and MS Dhoni were sitting in the dressing room and we were talking to him about over rates,” he said.
“We told him if he breaks it again in the Test match in Durban, he is likely to have a holiday. He said: ‘that’s okay, I need a holiday, I would like to have a game off. But Sree is not playing this game so don’t worry,’” Taufel added.
MS Dhoni has featured in 90 Test for the men in blue in which he cumulated 4,876 runs at an average of 38.1. he has also featured in 350 ODIs and amassed 10,773 runs. The World Cup winning skipper has also played 98 T20Is.