MS Dhoni is still good enough to play all three formats, reckons Chhattisgarh captain Mohammad Kaif, who was at the receiving end when the Jharkhand skipper smashed a brilliant century to take his side to a formidable total that helped Jharkhand win the match.
Jharkhand were once struggling after the loss of six wickets with just 57 runs on the scoreboard. But it was Dhoni, who batted sensibly with Shahbaz Nadeem when everyone else found going really difficult.
Dhoni also smashed his 17th List-A century against Chattisgarh on Sunday. Dhoni’s 129 runs off 107 balls has made the rival captain Mohammad Kaif believe that MSD could have still continued playing all three formats.
“He has natural abilities which you saw today. I believe he is still good enough for all formats of the game. He is still hitting the ball hard,” Kaif said after Dhoni led Jharkhand to a 78 run win against his team.
“I have been watching Dhoni from his debut match for and always felt you cannot become a ‘Dhoni’ just by practice,” the former India batsman said.
Dhoni rescued the Jharkhand team after being 57/6 in the 20th over and took his team’s total to 243/9 before they bowled out Chhattisgarh for 165 in 38.4 overs.
“We would have bundled them for 120 if Dhoni was not there,” Kaif added.