Ganguly gave Dhoni the first chance
Born on July 07, 1981 in Ranchi, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had knocked on the doors of Team India in the year 2000 due to his excellent performance in domestic cricket. But even after consistent good performance, Dhoni was not getting a call from the Indian team. But in the meantime there was no permanent wicketkeeper in Team India. In such a situation, Dhoni did not lose courage and he continued to struggle. This responsibility was handed over to Rahul Dravid after the failure of many wicketkeepers, but being a makeshift wicketkeeper on important occasions proved to be harmful for the team. In such a situation, on the Bangladesh tour at the end of 2004, the then Indian captain Sourav Ganguly gave Dhoni’s first chance. Dhoni was selected for Team India on Bangladesh tour and he also got a chance to play his first match for India. However, Dhoni could not do anything special in the debut match and was run out for zero.
Dada was always in support of Dhoni
It is said that diamond is tested only by the jeweler. Similarly, Sourav Ganguly had also recognized Dhoni’s talent. All that was needed now was to carve it and show faith in it. Grandfather did the same. Even after a bad tour of Bangladesh, he selected Mahi in the team as a wicketkeeper against Pakistan in 2005. This time Dhoni did not disappoint his captain and played a blistering innings of 148 runs in Visakhapatnam. Shortly after this, Mahi showed his skills to world cricket by playing a match-winning innings of 183 runs against Sri Lanka.
Dhoni became the world’s number one batsman in ODI cricket
Soon Dhoni became the best batsman in world cricket. Dhoni achieved the first position in the ICC ODI rankings in just 34 innings of ODI cricket. Before him and till now no player has been able to do this feat. He cemented his place in the Indian team by performing consistently against Pakistan, England, Australia, West Indies and South Africa. After this, Mahi became a reliable player of the team in all three formats.
captaincy in 2007
India’s performance in the 2007 ODI World Cup was very poor. Even he had to face defeat against Bangladesh. After this BCCI took a big decision and handed over the captaincy to Mahi. Dhoni got a chance to lead Team India in the 2007 T20 World Cup. His precise judgment and his keen eye to understand the game made India the world champion.
India won the World Cup after 28 years
Winning Champion Trophy in 2013
Say goodbye to Test cricket in 2014
Last International match played in 2019