Former South African allrounder Lance Klusener spoke about his admiration for MS Dhoni praising his finishing skills as “no joke”. Currently, coaching the Lyca Kovai Kings in the TNPL, the 45-year old also expressed his joy in working with younger players and coming to India.
It is hard to forget the unique bowling action Lance Klusener possessed or his sensational performances at the 1999 World Cup guiding South Africa to the semi finals. When asked whether who among the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mitchell Starc was his modern day favourite, Klusener said, “Yeah, Kohli, AB, you absolutely nailed it right there. And yeah, I am a big MS Dhoni fan as well. Performing consistently for over 10 years is no joke. And moreover, he is doing the same job (finishing) which I used to do for my team back then,” in an exclusive to Sportskeeda.
Speaking about his experience working as the coach for TNPL side Lyca Kovai Kings, the former Zimbabwe coach said, “I thought it was a good opportunity for myself and my career, but I also thought that it was a good chance to work with the youngsters, promising youngsters, which I really enjoy. Its just a whole combination of factors and yeah, I really like coming to India as well.”
Remembering the dramatic run-out in the semi finals of the 1999 World Cup against Australia, that led to South Africa getting knocked out of the tournament, Klusener refused to blame Allan Donald who was his partner at the other end.
“I felt I could have waited for a ball or two before going for a boundary, but there was an opportunity for a single. You cant blame it on anyone. Maybe if I had got a chance to finish it off some other day, I would have done it with ease,” said Klusener.
Klusener played 171 ODIs for South Africa, scoring 3576 and taking 192 wickets in the process.