Former India coach Greg Chappell says India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's success as a player at international level must be credited to playing cricket in gullies and parks.
Chappell, who is in India with the Australia U-19 team, says unstructured cricket is the best way to learn as it helps budding cricketers become competitive at an early age.
"Your guys play a lot of cricket, not necessarily organised cricket but in gullies and parks. It's a very important part of learning. In unstructured cricket, you play without the supervision of parents, coaches or elders. Sometimes you play the older guys. The thing is that kids start learning to compete at an early age. The best example is MS Dhoni. This guy is so unique," Chappell told DNA in an interview.