IPL 2017: Michael Clarke Gives A Cracking Reply To MS Dhoni’s Critics

IPL 2017: Former Australian skipper and cricket commentator Michael Clarke said that he wasn’t surprised one bit after MS Dhoni’s match-winning innings against Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) in ongoing IPL 2017 on Saturday.

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While speaking to India Today, Clarke heaped praises on MS Dhoni and said that former Indian captain deserves all the credit he is getting for his phenomenal knock.

“I am not surprised one bit, as long as MS Dhoni is at the crease, the game is never over. I felt it as the captain of the Australia playing against MS Dhoni, and I feel exactly the same as a commentator now. The man has played a phenomenal inning and deserves all the credit he is getting. Hopefully, the people that were doubting him, hopefully, they are gone away now,” Michael Clarke said after MS Dhoni’s match-winning knock.

Clarke slammed MS Dhoni’s critics and said that it’s time for them to take back their words. 

“What an innings by MS Dhoni and for the people that have doubted him and said that his time is up, he is not good enough to be in the Pune team or the Indian Champions Trophy team. I think that it is time to take their words back. I have said time and again over the last couple of weeks that class is permanent and MS Dhoni is a class player,” Clarke added. 

Clarke also spoke about the importance of having experienced players in the team. 

“I think today was great example of his experience playing a part. Yes he is skillful, there is no doubt about it and his keeping has been fantastic throughout the tournament. Today he got the chance with the bat to win the game for his team as he has done throughout his career,” the former Australian skipper continued.

When asked who is the best finisher in the world, Clarke took no time in naming MS Dhoni. 

“MS Dhoni is the best finisher in the world, and certainly in One Day cricket. He has done it throughout his One Day career and he can do it in T20s as well. Micheal Bevan was fantastic, but Dhoni has won numerous matches for his teams, Chennai, Pune, India, and he does it regularly and he still has the talent to do it,” quipped Clarke on being asked to name the best finished in the world.

“What I also liked is that Dhoni batting at number four. This has been my point about Dhoni for a long time in the Pune team. Allow him to come up the order, allow him to face more deliveries. Pune have made a smart decision in the last couple of games getting him in at number four,” he concluded in his interview to India Today. 

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