Former India fast bowler S Sreesanth had a controversial career, both on and off the field. But no one can take away from him the honor of becoming a two-time world champion. Sreesanth was part of India’s famous white-ball team under MS Dhoni that won the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 World Cup.
The 40-year-old who has now switched to commentary after retiring from cricket in India last year, recently opened up on his bond with MS Dhoni.
Sreesanth said that he too had his disagreements and arguments with Dhoni on various stuff about the tactics and plans. However, the Kerala speedster made it clear that he, and whoever Dhoni backed turned out to be successful. He believes that Dhoni had a different way of thinking than others.
In an interview with Sportskeeda, Sreesanth said: “I also had my differences with Dhoni bhai. But now when I look at cricketing side of things, no one can say that Dhoni didn’t back them. There are some situations which made the captain think the other way, and that’s how life is.”
MS Dhoni thought about the team first all the time: Sreesanth
Sreesanth, who picked 169 wickets in his India career, most of them under Dhoni, said that the Ranchi-born Indian skipper always put the team first, including giving youngsters the chance to lift the trophy.
People often talk about MS Dhoni getting a lot of credit for India’s victories. Sreesanth said there’s nothing wrong in that, as he was the captain who steered the ship.
“It will be a bit controversial when I say this. Yes you can say ‘Why to talk only about 2-3 players? We also played our part in the win.’ But it’s just about the way Dhoni thought about the team first all the time. He even started the culture of giving the cup to the newest person in the team. He never wanted the limelight. He always wanted the team to do well.
“Yes we won the World Cups because of the hard work of each and every player. But while the ship may have many celebrities on it, the task to take it from one destination to another always is always done by the captain. No matter how much you put a flight on autopilot, you need the pilot,” Sreesanth added.