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Dangerous to write off MS Dhoni: David Boon

India Today logo India Today 11-09-2016

He wasn't the most conventional of batsmen but mighty effective. Without having the physique of an athlete, his reflex action, fielding close in was second to none. Former Australian batsman David Boon was all grit and it's not surprising when asked to comment about unorthodox MS Dhoni's success story.

When asked if Dhoni's finishing prowess is on the wane, Boon strongly disagreed.

"It's very dangerous to write MS Dhoni off. He is a wonderful player and been an exceptional captain for India. He is one of the best finishers in the world I have seen. It's difficult to write him off at any stage," Boon told India Today.

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Asked if his inability to finish off matches of late leaves a question mark over his future, Boon said let Dhoni be the best judge.

"I am sure like many others over the years, Dhoni will know when his time is up. He deserves to go when he wants to, that's my personal opinion. He will know when to go and will make the right decision," he opined.

'KOHLI BEST IN THE BUSINESS'

However like Dhoni himself, Boon is convinced Virat Kohli is one of the best in the business today.

"Virat is an aggressive batsman. The key for him is he can deliver in tough situations for the team and in all conditions. He scores across formats and can get runs overseas; a fantastic player," Boon said.

'KOHLI HAS SHADES OF PONTING'

However, he refused to get into comparisons across generations. When asked Boon if Virat's demeanour is more Ricky Ponting - like and his records could potentially scale Sachin Tendulkar's?

"Maybe, it's an opinion that there are shades of Ponting. For me it's difficult to compare eras and players across generations. Sachin was one the best players in the world during his time, Virat is one of the best of his time," he said.

Boon will be doing match refereeing duties in the upcoming New Zealand tour of India and will get to see Dhoni and Virat perform at close quarters.

Boon would be hoping he would only see them on the field and not too much in his chambers. So long as cricketers keep it that way, he can silently appreciate good cricket even while on duty.

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