Dhoni changed whole face of Indian cricket, says Misbah


Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said Mahendra Singh Dhoni had ‘changed the whole face of Indian cricket’ after the former captain announced his international retirement on Saturday.

Dhoni, a 39-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman, is India’s most successful skipper, having played a starring role in their 2011 World Cup final win on home soil and also guided them to victory in the inaugural T20 World Cup final and the Champions Trophy.

“He’s a big name in Indian cricket, he’s served Indian cricket very well,” Misbah, who played against Dhoni, said after the third day’s play in the second Test between England and Pakistan at Southampton was washed out.

Misbah added Dhoni, known for his unflappable demeanour at the crease, had altered the mentality of the Indian team.