There is no denying to the fact that the former skipper of the Indian National Cricket Team MS Dhoni and the skipper of New Zealand Cricket Team Kane Williamson are the two calmest players in the world. They both showed the world how to play the gentleman sport and always carried themselves in a relaxed manner on the field.
Speaking of the same, the all-rounder of New Zealand Mitchell Santner, who played under both the captains stated that they handle the team in a similar fashion. He added that both the players are calm and composed under the pressure while leading the team.
MS Dhoni is very instinctive – Mitchell Santner
Mitchell Santner, who plays for CSK in IPL, said playing under MS Dhoni at CSK has helped him learn about the game better. He further stressed that MS is a ‘very instinctive’ captain and gets desired results. Santner said Williamson, on the other hand, has his set plans but never lets the situation get the better of him.
“I think they are very similar in the way they conduct themselves on the field. They try to be very calm and relaxed. Dhoni is very instinctive with his decisions. He just has slight changes of field and changes in bowling and stuff. Especially, when I was bowling… obviously I haven’t played against a lot of these batters. He has got a good idea about how everyone plays their shots… moves someone slightly to where he would play his favourite shot,” Santner said.
“The more you get to play against players, you get that feeling. You might think ‘Dhoni, why are you doing that?’ And then it works, more often than not. I think Kane is very similar when it comes to how he portrays himself on the field. He doesn’t get heated up in the battle and has set plans and executes them,” he added.
MS is chattier behind the stumps:
In an Instagram Live session for Chennai Super Kings, Santner added that MS Dhoni speaks a lot compared to Kane Williamson on the field, as he got wicket-keeper gloves.
“It’s got to be MS (chattier captain) because he is behind the stumps. He has got to get into the batsman’s head. Whereas Kane hides at mid-off and talks to the bowlers,” he added.
Santner played 4 matches in IPL 2019 for CSK and came up with some crucial all-round efforts in their run to the final. He was once again retained by CSK for IPL 13.