India should thank their lucky stars for having a captain like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, says VVS Laxman

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Laxman believes Dhoni is the reason for all of India’s recent success

Former India batsman VVS Laxman has announced that the country should be thanking their lucky stars for having a captain like Mahendra Singh Dhoni after he led the team to victory in both the Champions Trophy and the recently concluded tri-series tournament in the West Indies.

“His records (of winning all the world titles) speak for himself,” Laxman said. “He has that uniqueness to respond to a tough situation with ease. He does not involve himself much emotionally, and that’s his quality. India are lucky to have a captain like Dhoni.”

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and spinner Ravindra Jadeja have been all over the headlines recently for their stellar performances and Laxman believes Dhoni deserves a lot of credit for finding both talents.

“Dhoni backed him well especially using Jadeja as a bowler,” Laxman said. “He is also a great fielder and a handy batsman. Jadeja has emerged as a great asset to the Indian team and Dhoni should be complemented.”

Continuing to talk about Dhawan, Laxman said: “I mentored him during his stint at (IPL franchise) Sunrisers Hyderabad. He always had the talent and his change in approach is working well for him.”

Laxman also noted that India are taking steps in the “right direction” ahead of the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.

“The manner in which we beat England in England (in the Champions Trophy last month) was really commendable,” he said. “The youngsters should also be credited for the performance. It’s a side that’s going in the right direction ahead of the World Cup 2015.”

The former batsman also praised Dhoni for his leadership during the recent tri-series tournament.

“He once again stayed composed yet on the top of his game,” Laxman said. “I really appreciate the way he’s instilling confidence among the young players. The credit goes to Dhoni and his team.”

Laxman also wished the Indian team and veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar all the best for their tour of South Africa at the end of the year.

“I’m sure he would go there with a fine memory of his two hundreds,” he said. “I’m sure he would have a fantastic series this time around as well.

“India would go there with the confidence of beating Australia 4-0. But an overseas win give you the real confidence and it teaches you a lot. I’m sure they would do well.”

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