Former South African all-rounder, Lance Klusener, who has often been considered as one the all-time best finishers of the game, has said that he sees himself when he looks at former India captain MS Dhoni. Klusener was also of the opinion that the current Indian skipper, Virat Kohli is a batsman of a different class.
The current coach of the Afghanistan national cricket team added that Dhoni had mastered the art of taking the games deep and finishing them off successfully more often than not and sometimes even in the company of tail-enders. He referred to Dhoni and his successor Virat Kohli as the legends of the game.
As per the quotes in Malayala Manorama, Lance Klusener said, “They are true legends of the game. I love watching them winning matches for their sides with ease. Dhoni perfected the art of taking the games deep and finishing it off in the company of tail-enders. When I look at him, I see myself! Like me, Dhoni is an aggressive batsman who looks to dominate the bowlers right from the word go and accelerate the scoring rate.”
Talking about Virat further, the 49-year-old, reckoned that Virat Kohli’s job was tougher than that of any finisher in the game as he has often been seen playing an anchor role for the team and bats through most parts of the innings. The same reason, according to Klusener, makes Kohli a player belonging to a different class.
Elaborating the same, Lance Klusener said, “Players like Kohli play an anchor role by batting through most part of the innings. Compared to Kohli, our job was easier. Batting at the top-order and stitching the innings together by playing against quality bowling is tough. That’s why I think Kohli belongs to a different class.”