India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday heaped praises on New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum, saying he was fortunate to have shared the dressing room with him.
McCullum blasted his way to the fastest Test century on Saturday in his final Test. He achieved the feat in 54 balls, in turn surpassing the record of West Indies legend Viv Richards and Pakistan’s Misbah Ul Haq who did it in 56 deliveries.
Dhoni and the New Zealand skipper had shared the dressing room for the now suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings.
“I have not seen his knock but I think I’ve seen enough of his knocks. He’s a fantastic cricketer. He tries to entertain everyone from the very first ball. Hope he does well after quitting the game. I was fortunate to share the dressing room with him,” Dhoni told media persons here.
Dhoni gets irritated over retirement query
Dhoni got a trifle irritated and asked a reporter not to keep repeating questions on his retirement.
When a journalist asked him if the time had come for him to quit the game, the 34-year-old, seemingly upset, chose to answer with a straight face: “You write me a requisition and a letter, asking me tell you ‘thank you’ and step down.”
“You just cannot ask me a question, you also have to give a reason. You have the freedom, does not mean you will ask me every day. Judge everything as to why it needs to be done. You can’t keep asking the same questions. It’s a world today which is covered by the media.”
Just a couple of days back, the 2007 World Twenty20-winning skipper had addressed a similar question in New Delhi, evading it.
“If I answer a question one month before or 15 days back, the answer does not change in 15 days, irrespective of where I am answering. Like now, I am answering here in Calcutta and next time the question gets repeated in Bangladesh in the second press conference and then the fourth press conference,” said the 34-year-old.
“The answer remains the same, it is like what is your name... ‘MS Dhoni’ and it will remain the same for a considerable period of time unless you give me a new thing.”
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