Alex Carey looks to emulate MS Dhoni in becoming Australia's new finisher
Australian wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey wants to improve as a finisher for his side and is learning from none other than MS Dhoni. Dhoni, who is known as one of the best finishers to have played the game, has won India many matches from improbable situations, thanks to his hitting prowess and the ability to stay calm under pressure. Carey had an impressive World Cup 2019 campaign for Australia where he notched up 375 runs in nine games at a brilliant average of 62.50.
Carey has been named in Australia's squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka and he ready to take extra responsibility of finishing games for his side. The left-hander, who is regarded highly in the Australian domestic circuit, has been a vital cog in Australia's limited-overs setup over the last couple of years.
“The World Cup too, coming in at the end, It’s something I see myself doing and getting better at finishing games of cricket. If you look around the world, (MS) Dhoni, (Jos) Buttler are very good at it. For me I think I’m improving every time I go out there but it’s important I keep learning at the end," Carey said in an interview.
Ahead of the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka which gets underway on Sunday, Carey explained how he is looking to bring in changes in bis batting and learn from some of the best in the business like former Indian skipper Dhoni. The left-hander believes run chases are more about keeping busy as a batsman and running hard between the wickets while keeping calm under pressure - something which Dhoni has done for India, over the years.
“At the top of the order, you want to get off to a fast start, (but) In the middle you just want to be really busy. (You need to) run really well between the wickets and keep your game in check. The deeper you take it, the more pressure you see going onto the bowler. I think you see behind the stumps, Dhoni and these guys, they always look really calm under pressure and don’t let the occasion lead to rash decisions," said the Australian batsman.