Australian cricketer Ben Dunk might have drawn inspiration from Adam Gilchrist in his early years but the wicket-keeper batsman wants to emulate former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dunk, who played five T20Is for Australia, on Tuesday said Dhoni is the number one wicket-keeper batsman cricket has ever seen. The 33-year-old cricketer was in awe of the former Indian skipper’s ability to be calm and composed under intense situations during a game. Dunk revealed that while playing for Melbourne Stars he often asks team manager Russell Radhakrishnan, who is also the team manager of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), as to how would Dhoni react in a particular situation.
“I think MS is really the number one wicket-keeper batsman we have ever seen. The way he has played over for a long period of time. He is amazing. I often ask Russell Radhakrishnan what would MS (Dhoni) do in situations of a game. His legacy, his record speaks for himself, he takes the game from a situation when win seems impossible and he is able to somehow win the game all the time. If I can play 5 to 10 percent as good as MS I will be very happy,” said Dunk while replying to a query from ANI.
Dunk also revealed that during his schooling days he stayed up late just to watch former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen bat in Ashes 2005.