Former South Africa captain and current Director of Cricket South Africa Graeme Smith recently shared what it feels when someone is leading a team against Team India that too when it was led by none other than MS Dhoni. Smith praised a lot of Dhoni's demeanour, citing that it is hard to find someone who doesn't get along with Dhoni who is known as captain cool.
"I seriously doubt that you probably find anyone in world cricket that didn’t get on with MS. He went about his business. He was calm, he was collected," Smith said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Smith also praised another former Indian captain and currently the President of the BCCI, Sourav Ganguly.
He added, "And again, like Sanga, was to spend a fair amount of time with Dada – in administration, we are having a number of conversations over the telephone. He’s always calm, approachable, always interested in a good conversation, so a lot of respect for both men."
Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, on the other hand, also praised both Dhoni and Ganguly.
"He (Dhoni) did come home in Colombo for a meal with Yuvraj Singh one night. We had a great chat. He was very approachable as a person," said Sangakkara. "I did get to know Dada quite well over the years. I really enjoyed speaking to Dada on everything, Test cricket...playing cricket, captaincy...I think Dada I got to know a lot more intimately."
However, MS Dhoni is out of the action now and has not played a single game ever since Team India lost to New Zealand in the 2019 ICC World Cup in England. While his absence raised the question on his retirement, he was seen preparing for the 13th edition of Indian Premier League, which stands postponed for the time being, although the October-November window is expected to be opened for the cash-rich league.
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