MS Dhoni redefined the term finisher in world cricket, but long before MS Dhoni, there was a certain lance clusher who worked smoothly for South Africa. Clujner was the Player of the Series at the 1999 World Cup in which South Africa took the semifinalist position. Klusner’s strike-rate in ODI cricket was 90 days, which was rare among cricketers of the time.
Clujnar, who played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for South Africa, received praise for both Dhoni and Indian cricket’s superstar, Virat Kohli. In fact, Dhoni, India’s most successful captain, who won all three major ICC tournaments, reminded Clujnar a lot about himself.
They are true legends of the game. I like to see him easily win the match for his side. Dhoni completed the art of finishing the game intensely and finishing it in the company of tail-enders. When I look at him, I look. Myself! Like me, Dhoni is an aggressive batsman who looks to dominate the bowlers with the right word and increase the scoring speed, Lance Klusner said of the former India batsman about Malayala Manorama.
As far as Kohli is concerned, the captain of India is in a league of his own, relying on Clujnar. Kohli is one of the few batsmen of the modern era who has an average of above 50 in all three formats and the way he anchored and built his innings impressed the former South African all-rounder.
Players like Kohli play the role of an anchor by batting through most part of the innings. Our job was easier than Kohli’s. Batting at the top order and playing against quality bowling is difficult to tie the innings together. So I think Kohli. Belongs to a different class, Lance Klusener said.