Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has praised former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and has backed India’s decision to pick him in the 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England. Dhoni played a crucial knock of 40 in Rising Pune Supergiant’s qualifier in the IPL against Mumbai Indians which led them to reach the final of the IPL.
Praising Dhoni’s innings, Clarke told India Today, “That changed the game. The fact that Pune managed to get over the 160-run mark, the confidence in the change room was different. Pune took the momentum walking in to the field. The pitch was such it took some time for the batsmen to get in and MS did take some time but he knew he could change it at the end.”
Clarke also praised Dhoni’s wicketkeeping skills, saying, “What has gone unnoticed is his wicketkeeping. That is his primary job and he has been the best at it in the competition. ”
He also backed India’s call to select Dhoni in the Champions Trophy squad. “I think he is still as good as he has been. I have said this through the IPL and will continue to say that through the Champions Trophy, India has made a smart decision in picking him for the tournament.”
Finally, Clarke reveals which position he would like to see Dhoni bat in. “I am really interested to see where Virat bats him in the Champions Trophy. I would bat him at N0.4 in T20 cricket and No.5 in ODI’s like Australia did with Andrew Symonds. His experience, his skill will play a huge role if India is to win the trophy.”