Former Indian coach Greg Chappell claims this Indian legend is the ‘most powerful batsman’…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/PTIAdvertisement botlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5v4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Epo3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vx6Would you ever consider trying this?😱8r17fCan your students do this? 🌚3ga2Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian cricket team has seen its share of hard hitting batsmen. From the days of Sunil Gavaskar, through the reigning era of Sachin Tendulkar and now the swashbucking opener Rohit Sharma- Team India had plenty of run machines in its lineup from past to present. However, a former coach of the squad, Greg Chappell puts one Indian batsman above all else as the ‘most powerful batsman’, and yes, you guessed it right- its the iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/PTIA young and zestful MS Dhoni entered the senior team in 2004, just a year before Greg Chappell’s controversial two year tenure from 2005 to 2007 as the coach of the squad. In addition to taking up captaincy and lifting the 2007 World T20 trophy, Dhoni was gaining reverence for his ruthless batting power, something that didn’t go unnoticed by the Aussie gaffer.Chappell was present in a Facebook live session with Playwrite Foundation, where he recalled the thunderous batting prowess of a young Mahi during his early days with the team.Advertisement “I vividly remember that I was left awestruck when I saw him batting for the first time. He was definitely the most exciting cricketer in India at that time. He used to hit the ball from the most unusual positions. He is the most powerful batsman I have ever seen,” Chappell said in the live session.The 71 year old remembered the famous 2005 Sri Lanka ODI series- which solidified Dhoni’s place in the Men in Blue squad for his 183-off-145 not out innings in the 3rd match of the series in Jaipur.Advertisement “I remember his knock of 183 against Sri Lanka and how he tore them apart. It was power hitting at its very best. The next match was in Pune,” Chappell went on about his convo with MS: “why don’t you play along the ground more instead of trying to hit every ball to the boundary’.He continued: “We were chasing 260 odd and were in a good position and Dhoni was playing a contrasting innings to the one he had played just a couple of days before.Following a striking performance in the 3rd ODI, Dhoni landed another impressive during their chase of 262 in the 4th ODI in Pune, scoring a 43-ball-45, and ended the chase with a stunning over boundary.“We still needed 20 runs to win and Dhoni asked me, through 12th man RP Singh if he could hit sixes. I told him not until the target was in single digit. When we needed six runs to win, he finished the game with a six,” Chappell added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Read which cricketer is the ‘front runner’ for Arjuna Award 2020 Advertisementlast_img