Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a “Magician”: Mathew Hayden

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a “Magician”: Mathew Hayden

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a “magician” who can turn someone else’s “trash into treasure” says the former Australian left-hander Matthew Hayden, who also reckons that Dhoni has an unmatched contribution to the CSK’s success story makes his playing future with the franchise “almost irrelevant”.

Dhoni’s strategic genius has played a significant part in CSK reaching their 10th IPL final. They did not have the best of bowling attacks still the skipper behind the stumps was able to bring the best out of his players.

How he has used Ajinkya Rahane and Shivam Dube in the batting lineup has also been praised by other leaders.

Dhoni, despite being injured throughout the tournament has given himself 8-9 months to decide on his future in IPL. Hayden, however, feels the 4-time-IPL-winning captain will not be around for the next season

“MS is a magician. He takes someone else’s trash and makes them a treasure. He is a very skilful and positive captain. He said something really interesting which I thought summed up not only his humility but also his truth around cricket where he is represented and that is in Tamil Nadu Cricket Association,” Hayden told PTI.

“The alignment between that association and the franchise, how strong that is in terms of building that process. To me that is MS. There is a systematic way of going through things and working through them. He did that for India and he is doing it for Chennai Super Kings.

“Whether he plays or not next year it is almost irrelevant. Personally, I don’t think he will but then he is MS Dhoni,” Hayden added at an event organised by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

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