Former Indian cricketer, K Srikkanth gave credit to MS Dhoni for bringing change into the powerhouse dynamic of Indian cricket and also paid a special testament to the calmness he had shown as a skipper from several years in handling pressure situations.
Srikkanth believes that before Dhoni entered into the national squad, the Indian cricket team was mainly dominated by metro cities as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and players from there used to be regulars in the team.
But when Ranchi’s boy Dhone came into the national team, then it gave hope to a lot of players who belong from small towns or cities who now thought they also can make their appearance in the Indian team.
Dhoni made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2004, in the three-match series but he managed to score only 19 runs.
But Dhoni came into limelight against Pakistan in 2005 where he scored 148 runs, as Captain Ganguly left his no. 3 Position for him.
Talking about Dhoni’s legacy, Srikkanth said, “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 only captain in the history of cricket who has won all the three ICC trophies such as T20 World Cup, 50 over World Cup and Champions Trophy. Under his captaincy, he also managed to make team number one in Test ranking.
“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”.
In December 2014, Dhoni announced his retirement from the longest format of the game and it gave a chance to the likes of Wriddhiman Saha to cement their place in the side for the longest format of the game.
Dhoni was slated to return to the cricket field on March 29 in the IPL’s opening match between CSK and Mumbai Indians. However, the tournament has been suspended indefinitely as a precautionary measure against coronavirus