Former England captain Kevin Pietersen says two-time World Cup-winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is arguably the greatest captain ever. India tasted huge success under the leadership of MS Dhoni, winning the 2007 T20 World Cup (South Africa), the 2011 World Cup (India) and 2013 Champions Trophy (England). Dhoni is the only captain in the world to win three different ICC trophies. When asked, Pietersen said it would be difficult to argue against Dhoni’s greatness.Also Read - AUS vs ENG | 1st Test: Pat Cummins Stars on Day 1, Skittles Out England With a Fifer
“It will be very difficult just with the weight of expectation to go against MS Dhoni because of what everybody expects from him, how he has to live his life and what he has been through captaining India and then captaining the CSK,” Pietersen, who played 104 Tests, told Star Sports. Also Read - Ashes 2021: Queensland Police Trolls England Cricket Team After Australia Bowl Out Visitors For 147 at The Gabba, Tweet Goes Viral
The 38-year-old stalwart has not played any international cricket since India’s semifinal exit from the ODI World Cup last July. Also Read - IND vs SA: Blow For Team India, Ravindra Jadeja, Shubman Gill Likely to Miss South Africa Tour Due to Injury | Report
Dhoni, who has also been leading IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, has been a successful captain there also, winning the cash-rich T20 league thrice in 2010, 2011 and 2018.
The IPL was supposed to be his comeback event but it has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, former India batsman Gautam Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, believes that the franchise could have added another one or two titles if they had got swashbuckling West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell earlier than it did.
Russell, known for hitting towering sixes, was the player of the series in 2019, when Mumbai Indians clinched their fourth title.
“Imagine (Andre) Russell going for (Rs) 50 Lakhs to KKR and Pawan Negi for (Rs) 8 crore to (Delhi) Daredevils. I probably wished that he would have been there for 7 years when I was playing we would have certainly won one or two more,” said the former left-handed batsman.