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Ganguly praises Dhoni's ability to remain calm at all times

Davis James
8.20K   //    03 Feb 2016, 18:41 IST
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Sourav Ganguly (L) was all praise for Dhoni's (R) calm nature

Former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly showered praise on India's limited-overs captain MS Dhoni's ability to remain calm and composed during pressure situations in a match. Ganguly also appreciated Dhoni's reaction to criticism, something that the former captain believes Dhoni mastered over the years.

Dhoni's major strength when on the pitch is his calm demeanour t”o take on any situation with a composed head whether he is batting or behind the wickets. Ganguly felt that, although Dhoni has been criticised unfairly a few times, the Indian captain has handled each of those phases exceptionally well.

“It is part and parcel of the job. MS has been captain for such a long time and he is used to it. We all get used to it. At the same time, when we do well, we are taken up to mountains and the skies,” Ganguly said.

Ganguly termed Dhoni's attitude a huge influence in helping encourage his teammates in pressure situations. A captain who is cool in the hardest of times can give any nervous teammate some kind of motivation to do well.

“MS has this fantastic ability to remain calm under any situation. Lot of people have asked me that "you have been with him, so how does he remain calm? I tell them that he doesn't show it.

“From inside, he is different, from outside he is different. That goes around in the dressing room and he gets a lot of respect. We only look at the criticism but the amount of respect he gets in India is unbelievable,” Ganguly continued.

Ganguly, when asked about if he would take up a coaching role in the Indian cricket team setup, told he did not have his eyes set on the role for now due to his administrative responsibilities.

“I really don't know as I have got another job to do at the moment. I am actually running the cricket (as CAB president). You can't do both at the same time. You have to see where life goes. At the present moment, 'No' (to coaching) as I am an administrator with responsibilities of running the game.

When asked about whether he would try for the post of the BCCI president, the 43-year-old did not confirm nor deny a possibility of him aiming for the highest cricket post in India.

"I really don't know. I have just started a career and I don't where it will go and where it will finish. I don't rule out anything in life nor do I look too far forward either. I live for the day and the moment. I am trying to do the job I have at present to the best of my abilities and let's see what happens,” Ganguly said.

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