Dhoni, the two-time World Cup-winning former India captain, introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket by way of an Instagram put up on Saturday (August 15).
The England pair paid their tributes to Dhoni whereas they have been within the commentary field for Sky Sports throughout the second Test between England and Pakistan on the Ageas Bowl.
“To pick up on a point Shane Warne made in our chat yesterday, it’s not the average of 38.09 (Dhoni’s Test average) you remember,” mentioned Atherton.
“When a player ends his career what do people remember, not the average or the numbers but how they played and the iconic moment that the player was involved in. So I would remember that six at the Wankhede Stadium to win that World Cup in 2011. What a fabulous cricketer he was,” he added.
Hussain then added that Dhoni, who’s the one captain to have received all three ICC Trophies, was “probably the best white-ball captain” ever in worldwide cricket and undoubtedly the perfect finisher the sport has ever seen.
“Great captain, probably the best white-ball captain there has ever been and also just a cool, calm customer under pressure,” mentioned Hussain. “An important finisher. The sport wasn’t received till you bought Dhoni out. Until very just lately, he paced the innings completely completely.
“Everywhere he has been, whether or not or not it’s with Chennai or India in Johannesburg once they beat Pakistan in that (2007 World T20) closing which arguably introduced on the IPL and T20 cricket. And at Mumbai; the enduring second when he hit that six and so they have been carrying Sachin (Tendulkar) across the floor after that. He was concerned in a number of the nice moments of Indian cricket.
“He did it his own way really. Even in keeping, he was a very fast gloveman, very fast hands standing up to the stumps. Very fine cricketer.”
Hussain additionally praised Dhoni for his calm manner, sharp understanding of the sport, honest play and astute management qualities.
“That’s what makes him special, I can’t remember MS losing his rag in a press conference or on the field. We also said yesterday in our chat on captaincy that you are responsible for the spirit of the game and MS often played the game the right way. He got it absolutely spot on,” mentioned Hussain.
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