Cricket - Featured - April 19, 2020

Dhoni Changed Power Dynamics of Indian Cricket, Says Srikkanth

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Former India cricketer K Srikkanth has credited wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni. Srikkanth said that Dhoni’s arrival changed the power dynamics in Indian cricket. He also heaped special praise to the calmness showed by him as a skipper in pressure situations.

Srikkanth believes that before Dhoni’s inclusion in the national side, Indian cricket was majorly dominated by the metro cities. Players from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai used to be regular members of the squad.

However, Ranchi-born Dhoni made his way into the national side. This gave hope to the other budding cricketers who now thought they can make it big in the Indian team.

Talking about Dhoni’s legacy, Srikkanth told ANI: “When somebody like Dhoni made it to the national side, the powerhouses of Indian cricket started to change, a cricketer from Ranchi was a masterstroke, a zonal selector was watching cricket in the east and he saw something really special in Dhoni. He did not do something substantial in his first two matches and people wrote him off. But he played a 140 odd knock against Pakistan and it made Dhoni really confident“.

Post Dhoni era, we have seen a lot of players from small towns making the cut. This legacy will be very huge and it is a testament to Dhoni. The team was handed over in the right way to Virat,” he added.

Learning from Kumble helped Dhoni’s captaincy, Says Srikkanth

Dhoni Changed Power Dynamics of Indian Cricket, Says Srikkanth

Srikkanth said that learning from Kumble really made Dhoni understand the virtues of leadership.

When Dhoni was the captain in the 2007 T20 World Cup, he handled the side really well, the win boosted his confidence. He has always been calm and cool, he has motivated the players, aggressive culture was brought in by Sourav Ganguly, MS was totally opposite of that, when Kumble was the captain of the Test side, it was a good chance for Dhoni to learn. Anil gave him much-needed experience, Dhoni gave a lot of confidence to the players“.

Dhoni last played competitive cricket in the 2019 WC semi-final. He was slated for a comeback in the IPL this year. However, the IPL is currently postponed indefinitely.

Earlier this year, Dhoni did not find a place for himself in the BCCI’s centrally contracted players list.

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