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"CSK Skipper MS Dhoni is Unreal as captain, says Imran Tahir "

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Veteran spinner Imran Tahir described Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as "unreal", saying even without talking much he has the capability to lift the team up.



Chennai Super Kings secured a thrilling eight-run win over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match here on Sunday night as Dhoni hit a match-winning unbeaten knock of 75 off 46 balls to guide his team to a respectable total of 175 under challenging conditions.
"The way he carries himself is just unreal. He won't say much but he knows how to lift the team up. He is a great leader and a great human being," Tahir said at the post-match press conference.
The South African also credited Dhoni for living up to his reputation of being one the best finishers in the world and a good tactician.
"You know Dhoni plays really well in these situations because like (Dwayne) Bravo he's done this so many times, and that's why he's called Mr Cool. He works hard on his game plan. Even in practice sessions, he helps his team-mates. And we respect that.
"I think as a bowling group we did really well. Even while batting, Mahi Bhai played unbelievably well and set the tone for us. I'm just really happy with whatever we did as a team," he told reporters after the match.
In the opening encounter, the pitch at the MA Chidambaram stadium was criticised for being a rank turner. Tahir lamented that the conditions were not favourable for the bowlers on Sunday with dew being a factor.
"We have to prepare ourselves, we were not expecting that much dew. We have to practice with the wet ball going forward in the games."
Tahir, who is now the purple cap holder with six wickets in three matches, said he had to dig deep into his reservoir of experience to counter the dew.
"I am feeling very good, very proud. It was there (dew); I tried to use my experience but the ball was really wet. It's always nerves. The first match I dropped a catch, so didn't want to repeat the mistake. Every catch is a difficult one.
"It's the passion and respect I have for the game. I don't take anything for granted. Whenever I am playing, I try to contribute to my team," he added.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tahir credited Dhoni for living up to his reputation of being one the best finishers in the world and a good tactician.
  • Tahir lamented that the conditions were not favourable for the bowlers on Sunday with dew being a factor.
  • Tahir said he had to dig deep into his reservoir of experience to counter the dew.

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In spite of venturing down as commander of the Indian side, the chief in him isn't dead. All things considered, regardless he has a similar outlook as a skipper. Now, it is well-suited to take a gander at minutes when MSD developed as friend in need notwithstanding being non-skipper of the side.

1. Dhoni saves Smith's day

During Rising Pune Supergiant's current amusement against Mumbai Indians, RPS chief Steve Smith had no other alternative yet approach MS Dhoni, whose last-minute counsel did the trap for RPS in a match against Mumbai Indians. Prior to that, Smith had as of now hailed Dhoni as a class player.

2. Dhoni is still Kohli's main advisor

During the England visit, Kohli said something that made each Dhoni fan go bonkers. He said he is as yet taking T20 cricket lessons from Captain Cool. All things considered, it was Dhoni's recommendation that helped India secure the T20 arrangement 2-1.

3. Mahi asks umpires to stop the game

This was the Nagpur T20I against England back in January. As Dhoni was keeping wickets, he recognized that one of the safeguards were not working. He instantly requested that the umpire have the LED safeguards changed to guarantee reasonable play.

4. Commentators are used to calling Mahi captain

During the third ODI against England in Kolkata, Manjrekar, while doing critique, alluded to Dhoni as the chief of the Indian side. In the fifteenth over, after Kohli had a snappy word with MSD, Manjrekar stated, ""Kohli winds up taking the decision of the skipper."

5. Dhoni's advised but Kohli paid the price for overlooking it

During the third and last ODI between India and England, Kohli accepted a DRS call in spite of Dhoni requesting that him not do as such. Kohli ought to have tuned in to Dhoni on the grounds that an official choice was not out.

6. Dhoni takes the DRS without Kohli's permission

During an ODI in Pune against England, MS Dhoni overlooked he's skipper and promptly required an audit in an offered to send Eoin Morgan back to the pavilion.

7. How Dhoni saved Yuvraj Singh's wicket

This occurred during the Cuttack ODI when Yuvraj Singh attempted to cut Chris Woakes yet the English side offered hard for a caught behind. At that point Dhoni proceeded approached Yuvi to require a review.

8. Dhoni is still the best, says Ajinkya Rahane

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni commonly known as MS Dhoni born on 7 July 1981 is an Indian cricketer who captained the Indian team in limited overs formats from 2007 to 2016.

He is an attacking right handed middle order batsman and wicket keeper and one of the greatest finishers in limited overs cricket.

Dhoni holds numerous captaincy records such as most wins by an Indian captain in Tests and ODIs, and most back to back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs.

Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the CB Series of 2007–08, the 2010 Asia Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

When India defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy on June 2013 in England under Dhoni’s captaincy, Dhoni became the first captain to win all three ICC limited overs trophies that is World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20.

Dhoni’s first international debut was an ODI against Bangladesh at Chittagong in December 2004, which was part of a 3 match bilateral series. In this match Dhoni came in to bat at No. 6 and turned his first ball to the leg side and tried to take a single across scamper but non striker Mohammad Kaif denied this.

Unfortunately, by the time he turned around and got back to his crease, but the future Indian great was run out by Khaled Mashud. Yet the match was won by India by 11 runs and Mohammad Kaif won the Man of the Match award for his 80 runs.

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