• Dean Jones says Dhoni will always be in his list of top five Indian cricketers
  • Dhoni has led CSK to three IPL titles
  • He has not played professional cricket for 14 months

Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones has hailed MS Dhoni, saying the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain is teaching discipline to young players in quarantine.

Dhoni’s CSK is set to face defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in the opening fixture of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Dhoni, who last played professional cricket in July 2019, will have all eyes on him at the upcoming 13th edition of the Indian league.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament has been shifted to the UAE and all the group matches will be played across three cities: Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. The IPL opener has been scheduled to be played at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

On the latest episode of Star Sports’ chat show Cricket Connected, cricketer-turned commentator Jones spoke about CSK, including Dhoni’s captaincy.

“MS Dhoni is captain cool. He doesn’t sweat but he hasn’t played cricket for 14 months. He has had a camp back in Chennai. He is teaching some of the young guys back in quarantine some discipline because there is a lot of discipline in his game,” Jones said.

Jones also explained Dhoni will always remain in his list of top five Indian cricketers because of the way the Ranchi lad had led the Indian team for so many years.

“And as a captain, he is quite conservative in his tactics. But he waits for you to make a mistake and then the cobra goes for the squeeze. People will always remember what he has done. He will be in my top five Indian players of all time,” Jones added.

While Dhoni has led CSK to three IPL titles, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai are the most successful team in the tournament, having clinched four trophies.

MS Dhoni India teammates Virat Kohli, M.S. Dhoni and Rohit Sharma will be captains of Royal Challengers, Super Kings and the Indians, respectively. In this picture, India's Jasprit Bumrah celebrates with captain Kohli, Dhoni and Sharma after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella (not pictured). Photo: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

In the same episode, Jones’ compatriot Brett Lee was also present, who explained the difference in the captaincy of Dhoni and MI skipper Rohit.

“What I will say is that someone like a Rohit Sharma has got good stats. I am just going to say that they are both tremendous captains but different captains. So you got one captain that is super laid back while the other captain is aggressive in the way he sets the field. But they both get the job done,” said former Australian pacer Lee.