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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji believes that despite being questioned many times about his career, former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s uniqueness lies in his ability to stand apart. Shortly after Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Instagram on August 15, he went to the former Indian fast bowler and discussed some things. Balaji said that after the practice is over, I normally talk to Dhoni a lot about wickets, practice and playing conditions. That day, I finished practice and I went inside. I did not realize that he had already announced his retirement at 7:29 pm.

Balaji said in Star Sports 1’s Tamil cricket program that Dhoni came to me as usual after posting his message. They told me that they had asked the field workers to give them extra water on the pitch. I said ok At that time I did not realize anything. The Dhoni-led CSK held a small camp here before leaving for the UAE for the upcoming IPL (Indian Premier League). Balaji said that it was a big moment in his life. But the way he progresses is Dhoni for you.

He said that I later realized that he had announced his retirement. It took me some time to understand that moment. Dhoni’s specialty is that he remains quite different from others. Regardless of the situation, he will never stop, he moves in his own style. Balaji said that this former Indian captain has changed the perception of leadership among captains around the world. He said that according to me there is no one like Dhoni after the year 2000, who has had a very wide impact not only on Indian cricket but also world cricket.

Balaji said that Dhoni’s leadership and batting style are completely different. He said that even now, if I need more than 20 runs to win in the last over, and if I have to choose someone, then it will always be Dhoni. He has such a wide influence on the game. Balaji said that his leadership and his batting style are completely different. His leadership has changed the perception of leadership among all captains.


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