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Although Gautam Gambhir has been very critical of MS Dhoni’s team management more often than not, but he has also heaped praise on the former Indian skipper for his contribution to cricket. This time, Gautam Gambhir has stated that if MS Dhoni had batted at number three during his entire career, he would have been above everybody else.
MS Dhoni has regularly shifted his batting slot according to the need of the hour for team India. Although this did not affect him in the initial stages of his career, he definitely struggled to do so in the latter part of his international stint.
Now, Gautam Gambhir has claimed that if MS Dhoni would have batted continuously at the number three spot, he would have been a different player altogether.
Gautam Gambhir Heaps Praise On MS Dhoni
“Probably world cricket has missed one thing… that is MS (Dhoni) captained India and did not bat at No. 3. Had MS batted at No. 3, probably world cricket would have seen a completely different player,” Gautam Gambhir told Star Sports ‘Cricket Connected’.
“Probably he would have got many more runs, broken many records. Forget about records, they are meant to be broken. He would have been the most exciting cricketer in the world had he not captained India and had he batted at No. 3,” he added.
“MS Dhoni batting at No. 3 on flat wickets with the quality of bowling attack now in world cricket… look at Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and West Indies in the current situation, with the quality there is in international cricket, MS Dhoni would have broken most of the records,” Gautam Gambhir further said.
Speculations Rife Over MS Dhoni’s Future With Team India
Former Indian pacer, Chetan Sharma has said that MS Dhoni will now have to face stiff competition for his place in the Indian team. 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.