| Lloyd & Dhoni |
Calcutta: Clive ‘Supercat’ Lloyd, among the greatest of captains in cricket, has paid Mahendra Singh Dhoni a rich compliment.
Dhoni has been captaining India across the three formats from November 2008.
“Well, Dhoni’s good for Indian cricket and good for the game. Long may he reign,” Lloyd, an ambassador for the inaugural edition of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL), told The Telegraph on Friday.
After decades in Manchester, Lloyd is back in his native Guyana, where he’s the sports advisor to the government.
Speaking after the first semi-final, won by the Guyana Amazon Warriors, who thrashed Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel on their home ground, Lloyd said: “Dhoni has all the qualities of a good leader. He’s a very nice young man...
“You can see that he doesn’t get ruffled and you never find him getting involved in arguments. I really like Dhoni’s attitude.”
Clearly, Lloyd has been watching Dhoni closely.
While Lloyd captained the West Indies to wins in the first two World Cups (1975, 1979), Dhoni has two World triumphs in his CV — the inaugural World T20, in 2007, and the 2011 World Cup.
Both would have much to talk about if they happen to sit across the table at some point in time.
Lloyd is, of course, disappointed that “the Dhonis and the Virat Kohlis” haven’t featured in the LCPL.
In fact, no Indian signed up for any of the six regional franchises.
“It’s a bit unfortunate, yes... People in the Caribbean would have loved to see the Dhonis and the Virat Kohlis in the LCPL... It’s unfortunate that, except for the IPL, they don’t play in such (T20) tournaments around the world,” Lloyd commented.
Lloyd, now 68, would have himself been a top draw in the T20 format. As he was in the other two.
Incidentally, the LCPL’s second semi-final, in the early hours of Saturday (IST), pits Chris Gayle’s Jamaica Tallawahs versus Keiron Pollard’s Barbados Tridents.