The rise of MS Dhoni is nothing in need of a fairytale and in that dream story, quite a lot of former cricketers and coaches performed their half. Former India opener and chief selector Kris Srikkanth was one among them. Dilip Vengsarkar might have been instrumental in deciding on Dhoni within the Indian aspect however the Ranchi boy turned out to be probably the most profitable captains of world cricket when Srikkanth was the chairman of selectors.
Before Dhoni’s promotion because the Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was by far probably the most profitable Indian captain general. But by the time Dhoni completed, he had not solely damaged Ganguly’s Test win file as a captain but in addition had two World Cups and an ICC Champions Trophy to his credit score – a feat nonetheless unmatched.
Dhoni first led an inexperienced Indian aspect to the T20 World Cup triumph in 2007. He then took over the ODI captaincy, however he needed to await main the Test aspect as Anil Kumble was doing the duties within the longest format.
Srikkanth reckons that studying from Kumble actually made Dhoni perceive the virtues of management. Srikkanth additionally defined the distinction of captaincy kinds between Dhoni, Ganguly and Kumble.
“When Dhoni was the captain in the 2007 T20 World Cup, he handled the side really well, the win boosted his confidence. He has always been calm and cool, he has motivated the players, aggressive culture was brought in by Sourav Ganguly, MS was totally opposite of that, when Kumble was the captain of the Test side, it was a good chance for Dhoni to learn. Anil gave him much-needed experience, Dhoni gave a lot of confidence to the players,” Srikkanth instructed ANI.
In December 2014, Dhoni introduced his retirement from the longest format of the sport and it gave an opportunity to the likes of Wriddhiman Saha to cement their place within the aspect for the longest format of the sport.
Then in 2017, Dhoni handed over the captaincy reins to Virat Kohli within the 50-over format. However, the wicket-keeper enjoys an awesome camaraderie with Kohli and the duo typically have been seen taking choices collectively.
Okay Srikkanth additionally credited wicket-keeper batsman, MS Dhoni, for altering the facility dynamics in Indian cricket and additionally paid a particular testomony to the calmness confirmed by him as a skipper in stress cooker conditions.
Srikkanth believes that earlier than Dhoni’s inclusion within the nationwide aspect, Indian cricket was majorly dominated by the metro cities as gamers from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai was once common members of the squad.
But when Ranchi-born Dhoni made his approach into the nationwide aspect, it gave hope to the opposite budding cricketers who now thought they’ll make it large within the Indian workforce.
Dhoni had made his ODI debut in opposition to Bangladesh in 2004, nonetheless, the then flamboyant wicket-keeper didn’t have a great outing as he scored simply 19 runs within the three-match collection.
But the wicket-keeper actually arrived within the collection in opposition to Pakistan in 2005 as he scored 148 runs within the second ODI of the six-match collection at Vishakapatnam.
Talking about Dhoni’s legacy, Srikkanth mentioned: “When somebody like Dhoni made it to the national side, the powerhouses of Indian cricket started to change, a cricketer from Ranchi was a masterstroke, a zonal selector was watching cricket in the east and he saw something really special in Dhoni. He did not do something substantial in his first two matches and people wrote him off. But he played a 140 odd knock against Pakistan and it made Dhoni really confident”.
“Post Dhoni era, we have seen a lot of players from small towns making the cut. This legacy will be very huge and it is a testament to Dhoni. The team was handed over in the right way to Virat,” he added.
Dhoni is the one captain to win all main ICC trophies (50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy). Under his management, India additionally managed to realize the primary rating in Test cricket.
Dhoni was slated to return to the cricket discipline on March 29 within the IPL’s opening match between CSK and Mumbai Indians. However, the event has been suspended indefinitely as a precautionary measure in opposition to coronavirus.
Thirty-eight-12 months-outdated Dhoni has been presently having fun with a while away from the sport. He final performed aggressive cricket throughout the 2019 World Cup.
(With ANI inputs)