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Sunday , May 4 , 2014
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‘Dhoni is in fine shape’

New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is good enough to continue as captain for three years. But the New Zealander is not sure whether Dhoni can continue playing all three formats” for that long a time.

“I haven’t spoken to him on this issue. He is in fine shape and if he is fit, he can continue to lead for at least a good three-four years. Having said that, I don’t know how long he will be playing all three formats.

“It’s pretty hard as India have such a tight schedule,” Fleming said on Saturday.

Fleming has been the coach of the Super Kings for six seasons now and shares a great rapport with Dhoni. “What I try to provide MS with is two months of enjoyment so that he can come into the Chennai side having taken a break from the Indian team.

“He loves his game and looks a pretty comfortable man winning games for Chennai consistently,” Fleming said.

But for Fleming, who captained New Zealand for a long period, feels that an international captain has a shelf life of four years and beyond that can create some problems.

“Look, Dhoni and Graeme Smith have been exceptions, but I feel that an international captain has a shelf life of four years. After that, it is easier to get back as a normal cricketer,” he explained.

“If you have been the leader for too long, then it becomes difficult once you leave the job. You tend to miss the decision-making authority and stuff like that. In fact, I faced the similar problems after I quit captaincy,” he said. Fleming feels that Dhoni’s low-key approach of leadership suits the Indian team well.