Ragged India captain and Chennai Astronomical Kings skipper MS Dhoni had to bide his time to manufacture his debut with the Indian nationwide cricket crew. But once he made his India debut at the age of 23 against Bangladesh in December 2004, there was no taking a see support for this legendary wicketkeeper-batsman.
Ragged India wicketkeeper and nationwide selector Kiran Extra has now printed how Dhoni became the first-need wicketkeeper in Sourav Ganguly-led Indian crew. Dhoni was already making waves in home cricket and India ‘A’ circuit heading into the 2003-04 season and Crew India was searching for a replacement for Rahul Dravid as the fragment-time option.
“We had been searching for a wicket-keeper batsman. At that time the structure was changing and we had been searching for a power-hitter, somebody who can come at no.6 or 7 and get us like a flash 40-50 runs. Rahul Dravid played 75 ODI fits as a wicket-keeper and he played the 2003 World Cup besides. So, we had been determined for a wicket-keeper,” Extra said on the Curtly & Karishma Characterize with ragged West Indies pacer Curtly Ambrose and sports activities presenter Karishma Kotak.
Extra flew down to see Dhoni in a game the put the CSK skipper scored 130 whereas chasing a total of 170. Dhoni, who was enjoying for East Zone, was now not getting a huge gamble to lift wickets as Deep Dasgupta was the designated wicket-keeper of the facet.
Ragged Indian wicketkeeper Dasgupta had already played for India and was sooner than Dhoni in the pecking present. Nonetheless, Extra was convinced of Dhoni’s skill and it took him 10 days to persuade Ganguly and the selectors to let Dhoni reduction the wickets sooner than Dasgupta in the final against North Zone.
Dhoni played the final and did well against the likes of Ashish Nehra and others, who had been fragment of the Indian crew. He was then sent with the India ‘A’ facet on the tour of Kenya the put he impressed over again and notched up 600 runs to be roped into the nationwide facet beneath Ganguly.
“My colleague noticed him first, then I went and noticed him. I namely flew down and noticed him get 130 runs out of the crew’s complete of 170. He smashed every person. We wished him to play in the finals as a wicket-keeper. That’s when we had quite quite so much of debate with Sourav Ganguly and Deep Dasgupta – who played for India then and who was from Calcutta. So, it took about ten days to persuade Sourav and his selector to request Deep Dasgupta to now not reduction wickets, and to let MS Dhoni reduction wickets,” Extra recalled.
“MS Dhoni stored wickets in that game, and he smashed every person including Ashish Nehra from the North Zone. Then we sent him to Kenya for that India, Pakistan and Kenya triangular collection and he scored about 600 runs there. After that, all the pieces is history,” he added.