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Michael Hussey describes why MS Dhoni is 'the greatest finisher ever'-cricket

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A finisher of self-reputation, former Australian batman Michael Hussey believes that India's former World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "incredible power" and "self-belief" make him the greatest in that role of all time.

"Dhoni is the greatest finisher ever produced by the cricketing world," Hussey told Sanjay Manjarekar on Videocast for ESPNcricinfo.

"Dhoni can make the opposition captain blink first and keep his cool. Also Dhoni possesses incredible power. He knows he can do it whenever he needs to clear the ropes. He has that sort of belief in himself. Honestly, I had no such belief in myself. "Hussey, 44, said he also picked up a trick or two about chasing Dhoni while playing for Chennai Super Kings.

"I tried not to let it run an over to 12 or 13. And from MS Dhoni I learnt this. He is unbelievable. He thinks he who ultimately panics wins the game. So Dhoni would keep his cool, and keep it longer because the pressure is on the bowler as well. "Speaking of the characteristics of great players, Hussey said:" They don't hang on too long to a defeat. If they lose, they swiftly move on. They are not allowing a loss or a win to hamper their thinking. They are always consistent and level-headed, be it MS Dhoni or Ricky Ponting.'

In addition to winning the now-defunct Champions League T20 twice, Dhoni drove the CSK to three IPL titles.

Asked what is the reason behind the consistent run of three-time CSK champions in the IPL, Hussey said: "Supportive owners who let the coach (Stephen) Fleming and Captain Dhoni decide how to run the team, excellent chemistry between the coach and the captain, leadership of Dhoni.

"This created an excellent continuity within the team. And once you have continuity, you build relationships and trust that would otherwise take time to grow."Hussey believes, however, that building a new team will be more challenging for CSK once Dhoni hangs its boots.

"I think the owners want to keep Dhoni involved in some way or the other. Whenever the change of guard happens, however, CSK may want to start all over again, build a brand new team and use their existing philosophy as they enter the next IPL decade. It's definitely going to be more challenging in the current times, "he said. Dhoni hasn't played any cricket - international or domestic - since July last year's 50-over semi-final of the World Cup against New Zealand.

He was set to play in the 13th IPL but now his future is uncertain because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the cash-rich tournament staring at an indefinite postponement.

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