MS Dhoni never changed himself, neither judged others: Ashish Nehra

Aug 18, 7:24:06 AM

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If anybody among the current or even former lot of players could tell about MS Dhoni, he would not be able to do it better than former pacer Ashish Nehra. Now that MS Dhoni has retired from international cricket, it was only apt that Nehra, who played with him in three phases (2005, 2009, 2015) in international career and also at his peak in the Indian Premier League (IPL), detailed the personal intricacies involved with Dhoni-the captain and player.

In his column for the Times of India, Nehra described his first impression of Dhoni as someone who didn’t talk much and players didn’t know about him either.  

“When he came in, we didn't know much about him because he wasn't much talked about when he was playing domestic cricket,” said Nehra.

Further delving into details, Nehra said that Dhoni was a clear-headed player who never liked comparing himself to anyone and never meddled with any player as a captain either. But his room as a captain and as a player was always open for all.  

“He never suffered from an inferiority complex just because he came from Ranchi. He never tried to change his personality. ‘Jo usske shauk the, woh hi karta tha’. Dhoni never judged anyone. Off the field, he never meddled in anyone's lifestyle. If someone preferred to stay up till 2 in the night, he had no issues with that. 

He never went out of his room but his room was always open to everyone, even when he was the captain,” added the 41 year old.

Captaining the team filled with stars like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan, it wasn’t an easy job to get them all focussed and out of their star egos. Greg Chappell couldn’t do it. But according to Nehra, it was Dhoni’s mind which always found a way out.

 “To keep them happy in international cricket and use them properly was not an easy job. It was the same team that fumbled under Greg Chappell's stint as India coach. But MS found a way to get the players performing. He ensured consistency. 

During Dhoni's tenure, it never happened that every Test XI had three changes in it,” said the Delhi born. At the end, Nehra who played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 28 T20Is for the Blue Brigade and picked up a total of 235 international wickets, compared the current captain Virat Kohli to MS Dhoni .“Virat needs people who can calm him down. But Dhoni needed people who could help him because calmness was never an issue,” concluded Nehra.

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