After India’s amazing performance in the recently concluded series against Australia in the ODI series, the head coach of the Aussie national team Justin Langer has praised the Indian team, especially Mahendra Singh Dhoni and shared that all the budding cricketers of Australia should learn from Dhoni to aspire the same level of commitment.
Dhoni was successful in playing some match-winning knocks for his team in the recently concluded series against Australia. The ‘captain cool’ was successful in making 193 runs in the series and took India to a historic series triumph Down Under.
Langer was really amazed by MS Dhoni’s fitness at the age of 37 and expressed his views by saying that playing against him has been a rich learning experience for his young, inexperienced squad.
Langer said, “Dhoni is 37 years old. His running between the wickets is elite, and his fitness is elite. For him, to run between the wickets for the three days in a row, it was 40 degrees the other day, and play like that, he is a superstar of the game and that is what Australians should be aspiring to be – superstars of the game.”
He added, “MS Dhoni, like Virat Kohli, like Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test match series, they give us really great role models. MS Dhoni, his record, everything speaks for itself as a captain, batsman, wicketkeeper. He is literally an all-time great of the game and it has been, as hard as it is to lose, a privilege to play against those guys. I would be amazed if Australian players don’t learn from playing against those guys. For our young players, there is not a better lesson and learning to rub shoulders with great players.”
The former Australian opening batsman also said that his side was not up to the mark in the series in terms of holding their chances. But he also made it clear that it was not a one-sided series.
“It has not been a one-sided series. India have been too good for us all summer, in Tests and in ODIs. But it has been a close one. The boys have fought hard and we have some real positives. Jhye Richardson has been a shining light. Peter Handscomb has done a good job in the middle overs and Shaun Marsh has been in great nick. We had our chances and we just didn’t take them.”
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar