MS Dhoni turned back the clock as he almost single-handedly took Chennai Super Kings to a special victory but failed in the final hurdle as CSK lost by just a solitary run. He played one of the greatest ever knocks in IPL but it eventually went in vain. Former India national selector Kiran More recalled the day when he had to literally fight as the chief national selector back in 2004 to elect MS Dhoni in the Indian team.
It was during a tour of Bangladesh in 2004 when MS Dhoni made his ODI debut for India. The then skipper Sourav Ganguly also played a part in selecting him in the playing XI but it was Kiran More who ensured the youngster got a chance despite not many from Ranchi making it to the Indian team in the past.
When MS Dhoni was blasting the Royal Challengers bowlers all around the park, Kiran More got reminded of the Dhoni we used to witness back in 2006 when he used to finish off matches with the utmost ease. He has developed as one of the finest skippers of all time and is also regarded as one of the finest finishers in limited overs cricket.
With 26 needed off the final over, Virat Kohli gave the ball to Umesh Yadav and it was carnage on display from the CSK skipper. He smashed the first ball for a boundary and added that with a couple of consecutive sixes. The first six was the biggest six of the tournament which sailed out of the stadium and measured 111m.
He took a double in the 4th delivery and added another six in the penultimate delivery to turn the scales in favour of the yellow brigade. In an attempt to take a double win the game, Dhoni attempted for a tap outside the off stump. However, he missed it and Parthiv Patel ran out Shardul Thakur as they attempted to scamper for a single and tie the match.
Kiran More while speaking to IANS said that even at the of 37 MS Dhoni is still a force to reckon with. He further added that age shouldn’t be the criteria for selection and it is the fitness of the players which eventually counts in international cricket.
“Oh! He was brilliant. It was an outstanding innings and only goes to show age is never a criteria. Dhoni is in top form and age is just a number. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid all played till late in their career and with distinction,” he said.
“The innings took me back to 2006 and maybe, around that time when a young Dhoni took the scene by storm,” More said. MS Dhoni has been in great form in the ongoing IPL so far and has scored 314 runs in 7 innings at a staggering average of 104.66. He is also the highest run-getter for Chennai in the tournament so far.
Meanwhile Kiran More also said that MSD will be one of the vital cogs for the Indian team in the 2019 World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May. “He will definitely be a vital cog for the Indian team at the World Cup,” he said.