Gambhir is a very aggressive captain, says Dhoni

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Published: Sunday, May 27, 2012, 12:34 [IST]
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Gautam is more aggressive than me: Dhoni

Chennai, May 27: Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni said a captains success depends on every individuals effort and praised counterpart Gautam Gambhir's aggressive approach which led the Knight Riders to their maiden IPL final.

"I think a skipper's success depends on how good his resources are and how the individuals react when the chips are down. Unlike me, Gautam is a very aggressive captain. I'm not saying I'm not aggressive but he is more expressive on the field than me. Even when the game is in his pocket, he demands that his team wrap it up in style. I think he is doing a very good job for KKR," Dhoni said on the eve of the IPL 5 final on Saturday.

Dhoni lauded his players for their recent success and said each player has a unique approach towards the game.

"The main reason behind our success has been the players, who have always enjoyed their cricket. Every individual has a patented way of approaching the game and you just can't change that. The demands in T20s are completely different from ODIs or Tests. So it's important to utilize the resources properly so that the team does well. Whenever it has come to the crunch, the individuals have stood up and fought hard to win us the games," he said.

Kolkata Knight Riders' Sunil Narine has been a serious threat to opponents with his mystery spin but Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni said he is aware of threat the spinner could pose when the two sides clash against each other in IPL 5 final here on Sunday.

"With his action, it is difficult to catch him as to which side he is bowling whether it is the one that comes in to a right hander or it goes out," Dhoni said.

Narine has second highest wickets so far and possesses the best economy rate this season. He has also been a key factor in KKR's road to finals.

"The variation he has got and the consistency that he has got in maintaining line and length has been crucial. We have seen that consistency from a bowler has always paid dividends.

Dhoni feels the West Indies spinner has the quality to ne a success in this format of the game.

"If you have both consistency and line and length and got the variations, the bowler will be successful more often than not in this format since the batsmen look to take you on. That is the time, such bowlers try and get their wickets."

The Indian skipper, who is eyeing a hat-trick of titles with Chennai, praised Murali Vijay for his match-winning century against Delhi Daredevils, but said Vijay had to train himself to play his natural strokes on the field.

"I advised him to go to the nets and express himself and if you do not bat the way you have been we will not back you. He responded very well. He took the few sessions in right stride and got back to his usual rhythm.

"Vijay is a very talented cricketer. When he started for us, he did not do really well and in between we gave him rest for quite a few games. We told him that we want Murali Vijay to bat and we do not want any other batsmen to start for us.

"The kind of cricket he has been playing for us, he has been successful. He has got the right talent that is needed to be successful at this level. He was not himself and it was our main concern."


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