MS Dhoni Batted At No.3 To Play More Balls: Sourav Ganguly

MS Dhoni Batted At No.3 To Play More Balls: Sourav Ganguly

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter

MS Dhoni’s name will be engraved forever despite having retired from international cricket on August 15. Despite not playing competitive cricket since 2019, his name still makes headlines as his passionate fans are always trying to catch a glimpse of the former Indian captain besides waiting for any news update regarding him. After stepping aside from international cricket, wishes have surged for the former wicket-keeper batsman for his exemplary career, where he succeeded both as captain and batsman showing his abilities of a power-hitter and finisher besides wicket-keeping.

MS Dhoni’s first international captain Sourav Ganguly also joined the list of fan followers and heaped praise on the 39-year-old. Sourav Ganguly, who also backed the likes of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh during his Indian captaincy term, also played a big role in giving MS Dhoni a free run at the top of the order during the initial phase of his career.

Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni,
Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

MS Dhoni Promoted Up The Batting Order As It Was Important To Make Him Free

Recently, the BCCI president explained why he opted to send MS Dhoni at No. 3 versus Pakistan in Visakhapatnam, where Dhoni slammed a majestic 123-ball 148 to announce his arrival at the big stage, in what was his fifth ODI.

“He (Dhoni) got the opportunity to bat at No.3 in Vizag, scored a superb hundred and whenever he has got a chance to play more overs, he has scored big. (Sachin) Tendulkar wouldn’t have become Tendulkar if he kept batting at No.6 because you get a handful of balls to play,” Ganguly told Sportstak.

“There was Challenger Trophy, he was scored a hundred for my team while opening the batting, so I knew it,” Ganguly said. 

Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni
Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni during the the former’s last Nagpur Test Match in 2008. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“A player is made when you send him up the order, you can’t make a player by playing him lower down the order. I always believe you can’t become a big cricketer by sitting inside the dressing room. The Kind of abilities, especially the six-hitting prowess he had, was rare. He changed his towards the end of his career but when the raw MS Dhoni arrived, it was very important to make him free,” Ganguly added.

In 90 Tests, MS Dhoni had scored 4876 averaging 38.09 but his record in ODIs was more than exceptional as he managed 10773 runs from 350 matches averaging 50.57 with 10 centuries.

MS Dhoni Went On To Play Plenty Of Brilliant Innings

Following his Visakhapatnam knock, MS Dhoni went on to play plenty of brilliant knocks which was evident from his 183* versus Sri Lanka in Jaipur in 2005 and a couple of spectacular innings versus Pakistan in the 2006 tour besides match-saving half-century versus England in the Lord’s Test in 2007 and 2011 World Cup final’s unbeaten knock (91*) apart from 224 versus Australia in Chennai Test.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

MS Dhoni ended his international career with 17,266 runs, 108 half-centuries, 16 tons, 359 sixes, 634 catches and 195 stumpings overall. Besides he also has the most wins by an Indian captain in ODIs and T20Is. He is the first captain to win all three ICC trophies World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20. He won the Border Gavaskar Trophy in 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2012/13 besides leading his team to no.1 in ICC Test rankings.

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