The bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings, Lakshmipathy Balaji feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s richness lies in his ability to “remain detached", although with constant scrutiny and talks around his career.
Moments after announcing his retirement on August 15 from the international on Instagram, MS Dhoni walked up to the former India pacer, discussed several things and left.
And Lakshmipathy Balaji remained unaware to Indian cricket’s biggest story of the day.
Lakshmipathy Balaji said on Star Sports 1 Tamil show Cricket Connected, ‘Aatam Thodarattum’, “After practice gets over, I normally talk a lot to Dhoni about the wicket, about practising and playing conditions. "
He added, "That day, I finished practice and I went inside. I did not realise that he had already put his retirement message at 7:29 pm."
Balaji said that after posting about his retirement on Instagram, MS Dhoni walked up to him as usual and Dhoni casually told him that he had asked the groundsman to water the ground extra for the pitch.
And Balaji said him okay without even realising anything.
The CSK led by dono underwent a short camp here before leaving for the Dubai for the present IPL season.
Balaji added it was a big moment in his life but he moved on simply, and that’s is Mahendra Singh Dhoni for one.
When Balaji finally realised that Dhoni had announced his retirement, it took several time for him to sink in the moment.
Balaji said, "Dhoni’s uniqueness is in the way he remains detached. He will never stop no matter what the situation is, and moves on in his own style."
Lakshmipathy Balaji said the two-time World Cup winning former Indian captain has changed the perception of leadership among the captains globally.
According to Balaji, since 2000, there’s nobody like MS Dhoni who’s had such a large influence on not only on Indian cricket but also the international cricket.
Balaji said the former Indian skipper's leadership and batting styles were completely different.
Balaji said if even now if had a choice to pick someone on a condition when there are 20-plus runs needed to win in the last over, he would always pick Dhoni at first place.