Home Cricket News “MS Dhoni Plays A Key Role In Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Development As A Captain”- Michael Hussey

“MS Dhoni Plays A Key Role In Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Development As A Captain”- Michael Hussey

“MS Dhoni Plays A Key Role In Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Development As A Captain”- Michael Hussey
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Former Australia batter and current CSK batting coach Michael Hussey believes MS Dhoni’s seniority, engagement, and expertise will help current skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad progress during the IPL season. Ruturaj takes over as captain of CSK from Dhoni ahead of this season.

On May 12, CSK defeated an impressive RR team by 5 wickets to secure a decisive victory that gave them a significant advantage in the playoff race. On the strength of some outstanding bowling from Simarjeet Singh (3/26), and solid batting from Ruturaj (unbeaten 42 off 41 balls), CSK secured the vital win.

The victory increased appreciation for Ruturaj’s leadership of CSK and moved the reigning champions to third place in the standings with 14 points from 13 games.

In addition to making an impact with his bowling attack decisions, Ruturaj was crucial at the bat throughout their 142-run chase.

“I think Ruturaj Gaikwad has been fantastic as captain”- Michael Hussey

Michael Hussey, a former Australia batter and current CSK batting coach, feels that Ruturaj Gaikwad‘s growth as the team’s new captain has been greatly aided by the presence and involvement of the seasoned MS Dhoni. Speaking at the press conference following the game, Hussey discussed how he believes Dhoni and Felming’s presence in CSK has helped Ruturaj become a much more mature character.

“I think Ruturaj has been fantastic as captain. He has a very calm demeanor about how he wants to go about it as well. Fortunately, he has great minds with him in the initial stages of his career. MS Dhoni is still there, helping him behind the scenes. Fleming is also there. He has a great mind to bounce ideas off. Ruturaj can only get better and better,” Hussey said.

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“I already think he is doing a fantastic job. But the more he does it and the more he feels comfortable with himself being the captain as well, then I think he only grows as a captain. He already has a very good cricket brain and a great feel for the game—we saw that in the way he played today. He knew when to knock it around and when to accelerate. The more he does it, the more he will trust himself. That was one of Dhoni’s great assets.” Hussey added.

The victory over RR will provide CSK a tremendous boost in self-assurance and winning momentum as they prepare to further strengthen their playoff contention with their upcoming match on May 18 against RCB.

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