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Dhoni world's 'most destructive' batsman: Laxman

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the "most destructive" batsman in the contemporary cricket, feels VVS Laxman, who shared an unbeaten 259-run partnership with the skipper on third day of second Test at Eden Gardens.

cricket Updated: Feb 18, 2010 11:22 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the "most destructive" batsman in the contemporary cricket, feels VVS Laxman, who shared an unbeaten 259-run partnership with the skipper on third day of second Test at Eden Gardens.

"I think, he (Dhoni) is the most destructive batsman in the world at the moment. He is a like an all-rounder and is such destructive as a batsman that put the opposition under pressure," Laxman told reporters after the day's proceedings.

"You can see the body language of the bowlers whenever Dhoni gets in. They become very defensive in the way they bowl and field. We are really happy that he is coming at number seven and doing the required job," he added.

Laxman, who cracked an unbeaten 143, and Dhoni (132n.o.) helped the hosts amass 643 for six before declaring the first innings in reply to South Africa's 296.

Laxman, who has produced some of his classy knocks at the Eden, was also highly impressed with the temperament of his skipper.

"It's also good that he is converting those fifties into big hundreds. It's also good that whenever he gets a hundred, he gets in quick pace. It's great when a number seven batsman comes and destroys the opposition," he said.

"Everyone in our team has specific role. it's important that we play to our strength. We don't try to copy or emulate, that's the beauty of our team, which have unique style. But our ultimate aim is to deliver for the team," he added.