Former Indian cricketer Kiran More at first was not feeling too positive about Mahendra Singh Dhoni captaining the India team in all three formats that is test, One Day International, and T-20. Kiran More, who first selected Dhoni in 2004, played the role of the national selection committee,
Kiran More told mid-day that he did not think Mahendra Singh Dhoni would manage with leading India in all three formats, but he proved Kiran more wrong. All he can say is that his career has been incredible.
Kiran More recalled that East Zone and North Zone were playing the Duleep Trophy final on March, 2004 at Mohali. They demanded their East Zone representative Pranab Roy to have Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the team as wicket-keeper instead of Deep Dasgupta, who had played for India. It was not easy Pranab Roy for letting Mahendra Singh Dhoni keep wicket. Then they selected him in the India ‘A’ team for a triangular series in Kenya where Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored two hundreds against Pakistan in the gap of 3 days. He impressed selectors in the 2004 Challenger Series in Mumbai as well.
Kiran More also added that being a wicketkeeper himself and having led Baroda in the Ranji Trophy, he knew exactly how captaincy would left impact on his wicket-keeping that is the reason to be gloomy when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was asked to lead in all formats.
The former chief selector complimented Mahendra Singh Dhoni who worked very hard for improvising his wicket-keeping skill. He added that he was anxious about his wicket-keeping but then he realized he had his own style and skill and he worked hard.
Kiran More told that the selection committee was looking for someone who could relieve Rahul Dravid of his wicket-keeping responsibilities as it was not ideal. They looked at other sides. South Africa had Mark Boucher, Australia had Adam Gilchrist and selection committee wanted someone similar for India. Then they saw someone special, gave Dhoni an opportunity and he justified his place. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a smart cricketer from the start. He would analyses the match well and would sense a chance to thrive on fast.
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