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MS Dhoni retires: The legend retires in his own style

In a recent exclusive interaction with Hindustan Times earlier this month, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who has seen Mahendra Singh Dhoni play from close quarters for the latter’s entire career span, regarded him as one of the top 6 greatest cricketers of all-time for India.

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Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday. Dhoni, in an Instagram post, shared a video showcasing some of his best cricketing moments. In the caption, Dhoni wrote: “Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.” Dhoni retired as one of India’s most successful captains, having won all three ICC trophies as captain – 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.

In a recent exclusive interaction with Hindustan Times earlier this month, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who has seen Mahendra Singh Dhoni play from close quarters for the latter’s entire career span, regarded him as one of the top 6 greatest cricketers of all-time for India. Jones has been a cricket commentator and pundit during international matches and in the IPL and that has helped him analyse Dhoni’s game closely and he can’t wait for the former India captain to take to the field during the IPL in UAE.

“Look I am a huge MS Dhoni fan. I think he is among the top 6 greatest cricketers of all time for India,” Jones said. “So, it’s a big opportunity and knowing MS he will prepare himself to absolute perfection to get himself ready for this and I hope he does well.”

Jones believes Dhoni has the rare ability of keeping the audience on tenterhooks due to his unpredictability both as a leader and as a batsman and that is what makes him an entertainer.

“What he does is he makes past players like myself and people to just move forward in their seats and watch how he goes about his cricket. There aren’t too many players who could do that. If you have gone to watch a match and MS is playing, people are always on the edge of their seats because they don’t know what he is going to do next.

“He is a great entertainer and I hope he will have a great IPL because I am looking forward to how he plays,” Jones said.

Asked about his favourite MS Dhoni moment, Deano spoke about the time when Pakistan’s former President General Pervez Musharraf complimented the wicket-keeper batsman on his long hair.

“Probably the hair cut in Pakistan. I was commentating and President Musharraf told him to keep the hair cut and said he looked good in it. He is that style of player that even presidents and prime ministers talk about him because he really captivates everyone,” Jones said.

Dhoni is expected to lead Chennai Super Kings in the IPL that begins in the UAE from September 19. He has led the team to three titles and five runners-up finishes. He lost another final with Rising Pune Supergiant.

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