Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar has revealed an anecdote behind MS Dhoni's success andhow he became one of the greatest finishers of all-time. Known as the 'Captain Cool', due to his ability to hold his nerve in tense match-situations, Dhoni started his career on a high note.
But as his career progressed, the 39-year-old started to bring composure, as well as aggression, to his game especially while chasing a daunting target. However, he got the best out of himself after he became India's skipper in all three formats.
While speaking to Star Sports, Bangar revealed that Dhoni used to write on his thigh pad to remain aware of his action and plans during the course of a match.
“I came to know recently as to how – in his (Dhoni) formative years because he is such a hitter of the ball, has that natural ability to clear – Dhoni curbed his natural instinct. He used to write about the action plans, on his thigh pad,” Bangar said.
“So, every time he would go out to bat, and he’d be putting on his thigh pad, he’d probably have a peek at that. It would remind him that he has to follow the process. And that is how by running those one and two he became the best match finisher,” he stated.
Bangar also spoke about the similarities between MS Dhoni and former Australian batsman Michael Bevan. In his illustrious ODI career, Bevan scored nearly 7,000 runs at an average of 53.58.
“Most finishers in world cricket have realized the importance of rotating the strike. You look at Michael Bevan, look at MS Dhoni, they knew the importance of taking singles, doubles. They have this thing in common, which helps them win pressure matches. It's not those fours and sixes. And that's the process that MS Dhoni follows,”
Just like Dhoni, the 46-year-old scored 46 half-centuries and was probably the greatest match-winner of his generation.