One of the best ever to play the game: Aus players on MSD
Sydney: Veteran wicketkeeper and former India captain MS Dhoni has received plaudits from his peers in the Australian dressing room. Dhoni, who will be taking his place behind the stumps for India in the upcoming three-match ODI series in Australia, has played 332 ODIs in which he has scored 10,173 runs at an average of 50.11. "I think he is one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen to ever play the game. He is right up there, no doubt about that, particularly in white-ball cricket," said Australia Test captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine.
"Hopefully he doesn't get too many runs but it's certainly going to be nice to have him here for a little bit. I'm happy I won't be out there against him. What I do love about watching him play, whether he is batting or keeping and captaining, he keeps things very simple," Paine said. "That's just from what I can see. Cricket is very complicated game and I've enjoyed watching him really simplify it still in this modern age. He just looks like he does the basics pretty well, stays real relaxed and — at his age from the pressure he would be under in India and around the world — he looks like he just loves playing cricket."
Australia's limited overs captain Aaron Finch said that the way Dhoni has led India "under the most extreme cricket scrutiny for a long time has been unbelievable."
"I think that he's obviously one of the all-time greats of the game," he said.