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Faf du Plessis heaps praise on MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni of Rising Pune Supergiants. (Photo Source: IANS)

South African T20 skipper Faf du Plessis has heaped praise on Indian limited over skipper MS Dhoni. Du Plessis played under the leadership of Dhoni for two franchises in the IPL – Chennai Superkings and Rising Pune Supergiants.

He was a part of the RPS squad this season but was ruled out of the following a wrist injury. RPS is currently struggling in the tournament and has faced more defeats than victories. However, the South African believes Dhoni is one of the best captains to play under. He cited his own example saying he learnt a lot from the combination of Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni. He also said that Dhoni can bring the best out of Indian players.

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“I have been very fortunate to play under MS, which has also helped me as a captain. I found that there is a lot to learn as a young captain from the combination of (Stephen) Fleming and Dhoni. When I started at Chennai (CSK), I was still a young captain. I suppose you could see what is working for them and try and implement that in your own style. After playing under him, I know Dhoni’s strength is getting the best out of Indian players,” quoted du Plessis.

He also said that Dhoni is capable of bringing the best out of the inexperienced players but is a very quiet leader by nature. Dhoni relies on his brains and instinct rather than plans.

“Dhoni is the guy who can get the best out of an inexperienced player, one who is yet to do well. We have seen that in the past, there have been a lot of guys who have reached the top under his leadership. In terms of him as a personality or as a captain, he is actually very quiet, a very quiet leader. I suppose his leadership is mostly done out of instinct, he is not someone who believes in a lot of planning. He relies on his cricket brain,” he added.

He concluded by saying that it is always nice for the younger lot to play under a leader like him who has won so many trophies leading the Indian team.

“He has been a real good captain for India, the amount of trophies that he has won speaks for itself. It is nice for players like us to try and learn from him in small ways about what it is like to get the best out of lots of different players,” the middle-order batsman further added.

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