Mahindra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) had a major influence in the Indian cricket team’s major success in the last decade and a half. Dhoni is considered one of the greatest captain and probably India’s greatest captain ever.
The wicketkeeping batsman has been successfully in whatever role he had in his cricket career. Dhoni is counted among one of the best wicketkeepers, he is also one of the finisher of the game and there is no introduction needed for captaincy skill. Another thing in Dhoni that needs no introduction is great influence on a number of players throughout his career and who owe their career to Dhoni.
Today in this article we take a look at 4 players who have had a major influence in their career from MS Dhoni and owe him for the all the success they have had.
Rohit Sharma is the first name in our list. The current Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma started his career as a middle-order batsman. Though he initially was a regular member of the Indian team, but a constant failures meant that his career was hanging by a thread and at that moment, then India captain MS Dhoni promoted him to opening position and rest as they say is history.
Off-spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has been Indian cricket team’s one of the best spin bowler in the last decade. His records in the overseas conditions has been really great and very helpful for India. However, the route to Indian team wasn’t easy for Ashwin. Even after doing consistently well for the Tamil Nadu in the domestic cricket, it was his inclusion to Chennai Super Kings captained by MS Dhoni and his performance in the IPL that led to Ashwin finally make it to the Indian team.
Another player who had a major influence from MS Dhoni is one who he consider one of his bestfriend, Suresh Raina. The duo are known for their friendship on and off the field. The duo not only played for the Indian team, but also for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for a long time. Both Raina and Dhoni have praised each other and calling themselves one of the best. Suresh Raina meanwhile have been Team India captain in absence of Dhoni.
While Virat Kohli today is one of the best cricketer in the world now, but he won’t have been what he is today without MS Dhoni. While Kohli got off to a playing start in his limited overs career, he didn’t had a good start in Test cricket and was likely to be dropped from the team during India’s tour of Australia and Rohit Sharma would have been tested, however, it was Dhoni who had a huge faith in Kohli and kept him in the team and Kohli delivered with a fifty and a century in the next two matches. Note that all the above information was confirmed by then vice-captain Virender Sehwag.