As MS Dhoni turned a year older yesterday, social media was abuzz with birthday wishes and tributes for the legendary cricketer. Several cricketers joined the bandwagon and poured birthday wishes for the legendary cricketer on his birthday.
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly also showered praises on MS Dhoni, during an interview with Indian cricketer Mayank Agarwal. During the interview, Sourav Ganguly made it evident that he is a big fan of MS Dhoni.
It was former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly’s approval which led to MS Dhoni’s selection in the ODI team of India in 2004 and the rest is history. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that it is true that he told BCCI selectors to pick MS Dhoni in the ODI format for the series against Bangladesh in 2004. He had said:
“MS Dhoni made his international debut for the Indian cricket team in the year 2004 during an ODI match against Bangladesh and test debut the following year. He took over the captaincy in 2007 and then went on to become one of the most successful skippers in the history of Indian cricket.”
“It’s true, but that’s my job isn’t it… it’s the captain’s job to pick and make the best possible team. You go by your instincts, faith on that player that he will deliver for you.
“I’m happy that Indian cricket got a Mahendra Singh Dhoni, because he is unbelievable,”
Though MS Dhoni was rising up the ranks in the domestic circuit, on the other hand, he failed with the bat in the 3-ODI series against Bangladesh in 2004. Later, Dhoni again flopped to perform in the 1st ODI of the 6-match series at home in Pakistan. This is when the then Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly decided to promote him to No. 3 in the batting order.
After being promoted at no. 3, MS Dhoni lived up to the expectations by smashing 148 off 123 balls with 15 fours and 4 stunning sixes in team India’s victory and hasn’t looked back since then.
Sourav Ganguly recalled the historic knock of MS Dhoni and reiterated his belief that Dhoni should have batted up that order throughout his career. He said:
“He’s one of the great players in world cricket, not just finisher. Everyone talks about the way he finishes lower down the order. He batted at No. 3 when I was captain and he got a 148 against Pakistan in Vizag in the old stadium and it was fantastic. I always believed that he should bat up the order because he was so destructive.
“The best players in the shorter format had the ability to hit boundaries at will. You look over a period of time in the history of ODI cricket, the best players can find the fence under pressure consistently and MS Dhoni was one of the best. That’s why he was special,”