New Delhi: MS Dhoni is considered one of the most successful captains of Team India. He has led India to all ICC trophies under his leadership. Mahi had said goodbye to international cricket in the year 2020. Fans still miss his leadership.
Difficulty was selected for Mahi
It has not been so easy for MS Dhoni to join Team India. He had to struggle a lot to make his mark. Kiran More, the former selector of the Indian cricket team, has revealed how Mahi was selected.
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‘The search ended on Dhoni’
Kiran More says that it took him 10 days to convince Sourav Ganguly for MS Dhoni. ‘At that time we were looking for a wicketkeeper who can also bat aggressively and can replace Rahul Dravid and our search ended with Dhoni.’
‘Needed a power hitter’
Kiran More said, ‘At that time we were looking for a power hitter who could add 40-50 runs fast by coming at number 6 or 7. Rahul Dravid was wicketkeeping and had played 75 matches as a wicketkeeper. Because of this, we were looking for the wicketkeeper vigorously.
When did the final of the Duleep Trophy happen?
In the year 2004, the final match of Duleep Trophy was played between East Zone and North Zone. Deepdas Gupta was the wicketkeeper from East Zone. But there were a lot of difficulties in persuading Sourav Ganguly for the wicketkeeping of MS Dhoni.
‘It took 10 days to convince Ganguly’
Kiran More says, ‘My colleague had seen Dhoni’s batting first. Then I saw him, Dhoni scored 130 out of 170 in that match. We wanted Dhoni to play as a wicketkeeper in the final. After this I had a lot of debate with Ganguly and Deepdas Gupta. Then it took me 10 days to convince Sourav and his selectors not to ask Deepdas Gupta to keep wickets in the final and hand over the keeping to Dhoni.
Dhoni was selected in India A
Kiran More also told, ‘Dhoni scored runs against every bowler in the North Zone, including Ashish Nehra. After that we sent him with India A to Kenya where he scored around 600 runs in the tri-series and then there was no looking back.