A few days ago, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir had claimed that MS Dhoni, during his captaincy stint, did not create a lot of match-winners, something that Sourav Ganguly was able to do well during his reign. Gambhir also said that it was Ganguly’s hard work that worked in favour of Dhoni when it came to winning ICC tournaments.
Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir’s statement had quite stirred debate among fans and cricket boffins. He even said that barring Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah, there are not a lot of “world-beaters” who evolved during MS Dhoni’s time as captain.
However, after seeing the name mentioned below in this article, you might slightly disagree with Gautam Gambhir’s statement.
Five players who have been gifted by MS Dhoni to Team India:
Team India’s opener and left-hand batsman Shikhar Dhawan has played a significant role for his side at the mega event. He has been one of the mainstays of India for a long time and forms an impregnable top-order along with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
Dhawan made the debut for Team India in 2010 but could not cement his place. In 2013, he was called back in the team and since then, the southpaw has never looked back. He had ups and downs but with MS Dhoni’s backing, he went on to touch great heights.
So far, Dhawan has played 34 Tests, 136 ODIs and 61 T20Is for the Indian team. During this time, he has scored 2315 Tests at an average of 40.61, 5688 ODI runs at an average of 45.14 and 1588 T20I runs. At present, Dhawan is a member of the T20 and ODI team but has lost his place in the Test team.