MS Dhoni Has Given These Legends To The Indian Cricket Team!
MS Dhoni is responsible for giving Indian cricket a set of legendary players. From Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, to Jasprit Bumrah, and R Ashwin… all of these made their cricket debuts under MS Dhoni’s captaincy and went on to achieve great achievements in their career professionally, and lift Indian cricket to new heights.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are two of the best batsmen in world cricket, while R Ashwin is the greatest Test spinner. Talking about Ravindra Jadeja, he is arguably the best all-rounder in the world, right up there with England Test captain Ben Stokes.
In 2016, another promising all-rounder made his debut under Dhoni’s captaincy out of the Indian team – Hardik Pandya who made a jubilant return to top-flight cricket in the 2022 Indian Premier League, not only by performing with the bat and ball but took it a step further by leading Gujarat Titans to an IPL title in his maiden stint as captain.
Recalling his own debut, Hardik said the support he received from MS Dhoni was exceptional. Bowling against Australia, Hardik went for 21 runs in his first over, and while any other captain would have hesitated to give a youngster another over, Dhoni did! Thanks to the confidence shown by his captain as Pandya finished with 2/37 from three overs.
“When I joined the Indian team, I saw guys whom I had seen growing up – Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ashish Nehra. Even before I played for India, they were the stars. For me, when I went there it was a big thing. So obviously the kind of debut I had – I think I am the first cricketer who had gone for 21 runs in his first over – I genuinely felt that ok, this might be my last over. But I was very blessed and lucky to play under Mahi Bhai who showed a lot of trust in us which has helped us reach where we did,” Hardik Pandya told.
“Just after the third game of my international career, Mahi Bhai told me you will be in the T20 World Cup team. So for me, to play World Cup or to get to know that in the third game I just got to know about this. I did not even bat in that game but he assured me that you have expressed yourself. Yeah, it was just a dream come true,” he added.
Hardik did not get a chance to bat in any of the three matches, but he did pick up three wickets. Dhoni was very impressed by Hardik and guaranteed the all-rounder a spot in the India World Cup squad, which was still a few months away at that time.