Dhoni was always a bowler's captain, says Pragyan Ojha
Former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha heaped praise on MS Dhoni, terming him a "bowler's captain". Ojha, who featured in 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and six T20Is, played most of his international cricket under Dhoni. He recently announced retirement from international cricket a few days ago. The left-handed bowler played his last international in a Test against West Indies in 2013 at Wankhede. Here's more.
"Dhoni was a bowler's captain. I strongly believe a bowler should have a captain who understands him. Many bowlers praise Dhoni because of the dimensions he gives you, his field placing, keeping your mind clear which are important when you play high-intensity games," Ojha said.
Dhoni began his two-week stint with the Indian Army in Kashmir following the World Cup exit. He also made himself unavailable for West Indies tour and Bangladesh home T20Is. With chief selector MSK Prasad's "moving on" remark, Dhoni hasn't been at the helm of affairs. This also led to his axing from the list of centrally contracted players recently.
Fitness has never been an area of concern with Dhoni, but he still has to get in the groove following a long exile. The 38-year-old is expected to start his training in the first week of March, while the official IPL camp starts from March 10. He will look to iron the chinks and stake his claim at the all-important stage.
Ojha became the joint-third fastest Indian to 100 Test wickets (22 Tests), during the fourth Test against Australia in Delhi (2013). He became the fifth Indian spinner to get to the milestone after Bishan Singh Bedi, Vinoo Mankad, Ravi Shastri and Dilip Doshi.
It’s time I move on to the next phase of my life. The love and support of each and every individual will always remain with me and motivate me all the time 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/WoK0WfnCR7— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) February 21, 2020