Five Players Whose Careers Got Affected Due to MS Dhoni’s Presence
There has been this perception that MS Dhoni during his captaincy days had a hand in ruining the careers of several players. Well, a player like Dinesh Karthik was indeed overlooked since Dhoni’s performance with the bat and behind the wickets kept on favouring Team India. But, the Ranchi veteran had no animosity with his teammates. Here, were are discussing those five players whose careers got affected due to MS Dhoni’s presence.
There were the players whose careers flopped. Then there were those cricketers whose careers have been marred by injuries. And, then there were those unfortunate players whose careers were affected by a cricketer at the helm of affairs.
Without an iota of doubt, Dhoni has been an astute think. He had played a magnanimous role for India particularly in the 50-over cricket. Dhoni leadership skills held helped India to lift the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007.
Four years later, at home, Dhoni hit a trademark six to bring the ODI World Cup title home. It came after an endless wait of 28 years when Kapil Dev lifted first-ever World Cup title in England in 1983.
More often than not, Dhoni’s decision had proved to reap the rewards for the team in a nutshell. His execution and planning to build a team had further been a way forward. But again, his influence had somewhat shortened the careers of some players which has been a debate thorough out.
Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh had often accused Dhoni of ruining the career of his son.
Factually, most of the promising wicketkeeper batsmen have failed to impress selectors since Dhoni had cemented his spot, particularly in the limited-overs format.
Despite taking Indian cricket to new heights, Dhoni during his decision-making and proposal for the future had committed some mistakes. And, we have to admit it, gracefully.
The star leader had overlooked some of the seniors to punt on the young blood and which somewhat had proved him right.
Let’s have a look at those five players whose careers got due to MS Dhoni Presence:
Dinesh Karthik – 94* ODIs, 32* T20Is and 26 Tests:
Dinesh Karthik had begun his international career almost in parallel with Dhoni. Surprisingly, he had managed to play just 94 ODIs during his 15-year-long international career.
During his early days, many touted that Karthik will be India’s premium wicket-keeper batsman. But, Karthik proved to be an option to fill in following Dhoni’s resonance in Team India.
The Tamil Nadu-based batsman had also proved his mettle in the domestic fold. Interestingly, he made an international debut ahead of Dhoni in the same year (2004).
However, he had failed to impress the selectors before they looked at Dhoni, who interestingly had a terrible start to his career against Bangladesh.
All in all, Karthik’s case is very different. He got sidelined following Dhoni’s prominence. Team India had sparsely used Karthik based on a batsman apart from a back-up option to don the gloves behind stumps.
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