MS Dhoni © Getty Images
MS Dhoni has rarely been involved in any on-field altercations © Getty Images

New Delhi: In the age of cricket where on-field verbal spats between opposition players are an everyday affair, Indian captain MS Dhoni is the prime example of a disciplined player who has played the sport in the right spirit, feels former India opener Aakash Chopra.

The recent series between India and Australia saw numerous altercations between the players, pushing the spirit of cricket to another low. “Dhoni remains quite silent on the field. He lets his performance speak for him. His behaviour on the cricket field has been exemplary,” Chopra said at the News24 cricket conclave on Monday. “In the age of cricket where we see many on-field altercations, here is a cricketer who is hardly involved in any verbal spat. He is a prime example of a proper disciplined cricketer.”

Supporting Chopra’s opinion, former South African batsman Jonty Rhodes said the Indian captain, who retired from the longest version of the game in December last year, also doesn’t speak much with his bowlers. “He hardly speaks to his bowlers on the field. The main thing is he has plans for each and every bowler. His bat speaks for him and his plan as a captain also speaks for him. So, he doesn’t need to chatter behind the wickets,” said Rhodes, who is known for his fielding skills during his heydays.