Batting great Sunil Gavaskar on Friday lauded Dhoni for his 2018 heroics saying that his ability to get the best out of his players makes him stand out.
As the upcoming edition of the IPL starts from March 31, Gavaskar on a star Sports show highlighted how ‘Captain Cool’ brought out the best in his team mates.
“I think when CSK returned and won the IPL trophy, it was absolutely amazing because the team had not been together for two years and they had moved out with different franchises and suddenly they come back again. That tells you about leadership,” Gavaskar said.
In July 2015, the Justice Lodha Committee pronounced a two-year ban for CSK and Rajasthan Royals sending shockwaves through the cricket world.
As a result, some of the biggest names in world cricket, including Dhoni, had to move to other franchises during the two-year-period.
Gavaskar added, “That tells you how the man could get a team together again after that gap. Sometimes you know, first year, second year there is a team spirit that happens but to get all of them together after the gap is remarkable.
“I think therefore that particular year and some of the shots that he played, I remember one game where the teams needed 20 odds runs in the final over and he just smashed it around from everywhere from outside the off stump, he was hitting it over long on for sixes!
“We were used to seeing that from Dhoni but even those little touches of his where he makes a fielder, a player feel 7 feet tall, are the touches that make him stand out from the other.”
(With inputs from PTI)