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Former cricket manager of the India National Cricket Team, Lalchand Rajput has stated that former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is a blend of veteran Indian skippers, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. Notably, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid led team India before passing the baton to MS Dhoni in 2007. Dhoni, having made his international debut in 2004, Dhoni played under the leadership of Ganguly and Dravid.
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.
Now, Lalchand Rajput has said that Dhoni is a mixture of Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly and said that he has adopted a lot from his predecessors.
Lalchand Rajput Lavishes Praise On MS Dhoni
Rajput said that like Ganguly, even Dhoni used to show confidence in his players, giving them enough chances to show their mettle at the highest level.
“To be very honest Dhoni was very very calm and used to think two steps ahead of the opponent and he was always a thinking captain. He was a mixture of Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. Ganguly used to give players the confidence and he was the one who changed the mentality of the Indian team,” Rajput was quoted as saying to Sportskeeda.
“So, I think that carried forward with Dhoni because even he gave opportunities to players and if he saw potential in someone he used to give him ample opportunities. Dhoni will never show any evasive action on the ground and that helped the players in giving their best,” Rajput added.
Former Cricketers Divided On MS Dhoni’s Return To Team India
Recently, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star batsman Suresh Raina said MS Dhoni did not show any signs of ageing and that he was hitting the big sixes at will, as usual during the training camp in Chennai. Laxmipathy Balaji, the bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings, also vouched for MS Dhoni’s return.
On the other hand, former wicketkeeper-batsman, Deep Dasgupta had said that MS Dhoni should have kept playing domestic cricket if he aspired a return to the Indian team. Kris Srikkanth also noted that if the IPL does not take place, Dhoni’s return looks impossible. Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra also had similar views to those of Srikkanth.