Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still a great player: Steve Waugh

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni is still a great player: Steve WaughWorld Cup 2019: Steve Waugh expressed his happiness over Australia’s performance in the World Cup and added that Aaron Finch did a great job as a captain in the quadrennial event.advertisement Press Trust of India LondonJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 09:15 IST MS Dhoni scored 273 runs in 8 innings at a strike-rate of 87.78 in World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Waugh believes Australia has the best phasing out policy for the biggest namesWaugh happy with Australia’s overall performance considering where they were 12 months backWaugh feels that it won’t be correct to equate Australia’s situation with IndiaFormer Australia captain Steve Waugh believes that his country has the best phasing out policy for the biggest names unlike the sub-continent where it becomes difficult to move on once players attain legendary status.Waugh was asked the question in context of the debate surrounding Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future in international cricket after India’s semi-final exit from the World Cup.”It’s interesting. Australia definitely do that. It doesn’t matter who you are because you have got to move on,” Waugh told PTI when asked about Cricket Australia’s retirement policy and his own exit from international scene in early 2004.But Waugh, one of Australia’s most successful skippers, feels that it won’t be correct to equate Australia’s situation with India.”Maybe in the sub-continent you get a bit more leeway with 1.4 billion people following you. People no longer remain people. They become legends, Gods. It’s very hard to move on,” he said.”It becomes increasingly challenging when people get to a certain age. Mahendra Singh Dhoni you are referring to is still a great player,” said Waugh.The World Cup-winning former captain is, however, happy with Australia’s overall performance considering where they were 12 months back.”I think it’s a fair comment that Australia have done well in the World Cup compared to where they were 12 months ago,” he said on his country’s defeat against England at Edgbaston on Thursday.”Once they got to the semi-finals, there were high expectations. They might be disappointed this morning but overall I think Aaron Finch did great job as captain as well as a player,” Waugh, who is a brand ambassador of ICC’s community cricket tournament called Criiio.advertisementTalking about the initiative, he said, “I think it’s a great initiative and it is what sport is all about. It’s about sports at grassroot level and people enjoying it. Learning about sportsman spirit.”Asked to whom he would put his money in Sunday’s final between England and New Zealand at the Lord’s, he replied: “I don’t put money on sport. I expect a great final as New Zealand has been playing well. They have now reached two finals. So I expect a good match.Also Read | Rashid Khan appointed Afghanistan captain in all formatsAlso Read | New Zealand will be a difficult side to beat: Eoin Morgan ahead of World Cup 2019 finalAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow ‘Steve Waugh Nextlast_img