Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a sturdy wicket keeper batsman from the lesser know state of Jharkhand, made his way into the Indian cricket team for the tour of Bangladesh way back in 2004.
He was ‘tried’ by then skipper Sourav Ganguly who was somewhat unhappy with the inconsistency of the wicket keepers who were previously given a chance in the team. The factors lacking were more than just inconsistency. It was pretty much a young team which was trying to gain for balance.
The batting department had a bright option. The bowling attack also looked very promising. However, the wicket-keeping slot needed a strong candidate. Someone who could prove his worth not only with his work behind the stumps but also with the bat.
It was the changing era where the men like Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher complemented their glove work with aggressive batting capabilities. The search took some time but was fortunately quickly over.
Ganguly’s bet on MS Dhoni was perhaps the best and the most rewarding in the history of cricket. Dhoni quickly emerged as the next batting superstar and everyone, including Pakistan PM Parvez Musharraf, had their eyes on him. It took him no time live up to the expectation and gain fame.
But, ironically, the world-conquering future skipper of India had a very ominous start to his career. Dhoni was run out for a duck in the game which India later won by 11 runs. 13 years have now passed and the amount of success which MS Dhoni has earned is something which needs no documentation.
But, while Dhoni is currently ruling the hearts of Indian cricket fans, most of his teammates from the XI in which he made his international debut are currently away from the limelight.
Let’s Have A Look At Those Players: