Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a name that resonated with success, cool & calm personality, explained why he was selected to captain Indian team during 2007 World Cup.
If one asks a young lad, who is your favourite wicket-keeper? or favourite captain?
The answer for sure will be Dhoni…
He was born to make it big as he hailed from a lesser known cricketing town of India yet made a splash on the international stage and continues to do so.
But no one of us knows the milestones this man had to cover when he was first given this role. Dhoni was appointed as captain of what was a pretty inexperienced squad for the 2007 World T20 in South Africa.
He was only 26 then. He has now shared why he was the best pick to lead during that time.
In a recent interview, Dhoni said, “I was not part of the conversation when I was made captain of the team. I feel that looking at everything, maybe it was the honesty that I had, and my ability to read the game”.
“Reading the game is very important, and even though I was one of the youngest in the team at that point of time when asked about my views by a senior player, I was not afraid or hesitant to share my feelings about the game. It probably also had to do with the fact that I was quite good with the other team members in the squad at that point of time”, MS added.
Dhoni led India in 199 ODIs, out of which India won 110 matches. He also captained India in 60 Test matches. The Ranchi boy is second on the list as the most successful captain with the bat in ODIs, just behind South Africa’s AB de Villiers.
Former Indian captain, these days, however, is facing a lot of criticism from his fans and former cricketers for his fading form but skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have thrown their weight behind the world’s only skipper to win all the ICC trophies (T20I World Cup 2007, 50-over World Cup 2011, and ICC Champions Trophy 2013).
The gloveman’s hand+eye combo and the ability to shatter the timbers of opposition’s batsman in seconds is exceptionally out of anyone’s sight.
He is the master in decoding the different situations of a game and team India needs him at least till 2019 World Cup.