Former Indian batsman Hemang Badani in one of his columns for a sports website wrote how Gautam Gambhir had predicted a bright future for MS Dhoni when he broke into the circuit. Badani and Gambhir had a chat regarding India’s most dashing wicket-keeper batsman when the latter expressed his thoughts on the flamboyant Jharkhand lad.
“Once Gautam Gambhir said that Dhoni would go places and nothing went wrong with this saying,” Badani wrote.
Dhoni is the only captain to win all three major ICC events and also took India to the numero uno status when Gambhir was ranked No.1 in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. The duo has shared a good rapport between them and was instrumental in giving India the 2011 World Cup after a gap of 28 years.
Now coming to Dhoni, he has undoubtedly been one of the greatest ever wicket-keeper batsman for his nation and is just a whisker away from reaching the elusive landmark of 10,000 ODI runs. It will surely be a mind boggling achievement given the fact that he has batted at No. 6 or 7 for the majority of his career. From being a ticket collector in Kharagpur in 2001 to become the World Cup winning captain in 2007, Dhoni’s journey has been nothing short of a fairytale.
Beginning his career with a string of low scores, Dhoni broke the shackles in his 5th ODI against Pakistan when the long haired Dhoni smashed a sensational 148 to announce his arrival on the big stage. He then followed it up with a whirlwind 183 against Sri Lanka which is the highest individual score by a wicket keeper batsman in ODI’s.
Despite suffering 8 consecutive Test defeats away from home in England and Australia, Dhoni finished his career as India’s most successful Test captain beating Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 21 and taking his taking his own tally to 26. He has been the greatest modern day finishers in limited overs cricket and has bailed his team out of trouble on numerous occasions. Though he is in the twilight of his career, we will surely like to feel that he has still some cricket left in him.