Former Indian cricketer and one of the members of the IPL Governing Council, Surinder Khanna has heaped praise on former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni. He also revealed that he was the first person who spotted Dhoni during his trials for Steel Authority Of India Ltd. (SAIL) and said that he wouldn’t advise any youngster to copy Dhoni’s technique. Dhoni was last seen in the Indian colours in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Unfortunately, India lost the game to New Zealand and were eliminated from the competition. Since then, Dhoni has been away from the Indian team.
His return was much anticipated with the return of IPL 2020 this year as he was back to the field sweating it hard for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, the BCCI had to postpone the tournament indefinitely due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, this has again given way to speculations on Dhoni’s future with Team India.
Now, former Indian cricketer, Surinder Khanna, has said that he was the first man who spotted MS Dhoni when he was trying to make a mark for himself in the Indian cricket circuit.
Surinder Khanna Reveals Why He Wouldn’t Advise A Young Wicketkeeper To Copy MS Dhoni’s Technique
In an exclusive chat with CricketAddictor.com, Surinder Khanna said, “You should never curb your natural playing style as a wicketkeeper. Dhoni did it at the highest level for such a long time he has been outstanding. There hasn’t been a finisher like him in cricket history. His captaincy records are also exceptional and whenever team India has needed him, he has stepped up. His wicketkeeping has also been top of the class.”
“I wouldn’t advise any young wicketkeeper to copy MS Dhoni. You should follow a copy-book style. He was MS Dhoni and that’s why he could do it. Today, the young kids are finding shortcuts and that is not advisable,” Khanna further added.
I Was The One Who Spotted MS Dhoni: Surinder Khanna
Surinder Khanna further said, “If MS Dhoni would have been copybook, it would have added more grace to his already illustrious career. As a value, he can’t be compared to any other cricketer. I spotted him first for the Steel Authority trials in Ranchi and I had gone to see the youngsters. I spotted him there and he proved his might. My gut feeling was right and I feel proud to have contributed him to the Indian cricket world.”
Recently, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star batsman Suresh Raina said MS Dhoni did not show any signs of ageing and that he was hitting the big sixes at will, as usual during the training camp in Chennai. Laxmipathy Balaji, the bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings, also vouched for MS Dhoni’s return.
On the other hand, former wicketkeeper-batsman, Deep Dasgupta had said that MS Dhoni should have kept playing domestic cricket if he aspired a return to the Indian team. Kris Srikkanth also noted that if the IPL does not take place, Dhoni’s return looks impossible. Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra also had similar views to those of Srikkanth.