MS Dhoni or Ricky Ponting? Michael Hussey names the better ODI captain
MS Dhoni and Ricky Ponting's names are synonymous with success in world cricket. Both led their respective teams exemplarily well and won almost everything there was to. While Ponting jointly holds the record for most ODI World Cup wins, Dhoni is the only captain to have won all major ICC trophies - ODI, T20I World Cups, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup. Former Australia and Chennai Super Kings batsman Michael Hussey was recently asked to pick between the two of the greatest captains of all-time in ODIs.
Hussey, who was a part of Australia's World Cup-winning squad in 2007 under Ponting, picked his former captain ahead of Dhoni when asked who was the better captain in ODIs between the two. Hussey, who spent six seasons playing under Dhoni at the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), said it was a tough choice for him to pick one between the duo. However, he went with Ponting stating that he never got a chance to play in ODIs under Dhoni.
"It's a tough one, well, I will have to say, Ricky. I never played in ODIs with MS Dhoni, so I will go with Ricky," Hussey said in an interview.
Under Dhoni, Hussey won two IPL titles in 2011 and 2012 and established himself as a fan-favourite among the CSK fans. Hussey currently works as the batting coach of the Dhoni-led side in the IPL. Hussey, who is famously known as Mr Cricket for his astute reading of the game and brilliant batsmanship, played 79 Tests and 185 ODIs for Australia scoring 6235 and 5442 runs in the two formats respectively.
Hussey is regarded as one of the best batsmen to have played for the Aussies and helped his country achieve tremendous success across formats. Hussey was also instrumental for CSK during his stint with the three-time champions in the IPL. He amassed 2213 runs in 64 matches for CSK at a brilliant average of 40.98 with a century and 17 fifties. Hussey is the third-highest leading run-getter for CSK behind Dhoni and Suresh Raina.
When asked about one bowler who gave him sleepless nights during his illustrious career, Hussey named South African pacer Dale Steyn, who continues to go strong even at the age of 36 and is still a force to reckon with in white-ball cricket. "He (Steyn) was just horrible to face. Good pace, good swing and he got me out a few times so didn't enjoy facing him at all," said Hussey.