MS Dhoni announced his retirement from all forms of International Cricket on Saturday, followed by legend Sachin Tendulkar recalling his first memory of the magnificent MS Dhoni. The 39-year-old retired as the only player to win three ICC trophies – 2007 T20 WC, 2011 ODI World Cup, and 2013 Champions Trophy as a captain.
The greatest batsman of all time Sachin Tendulkar won the ODI World Cup in 2011 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. Team India was eliminated in the 2007 ODI World Cup. In the same year, ICC organized the inaugural T20 World Cup and Team India decided to go with a young and fresh team with a new captain: MS Dhoni. He took the responsibility and went on to win the 2007 T20 world cup. Impressed by his leadership skills the management decided to hand him the ODI captaincy too.
‘Dada and I thought that we have spotted something special’ Sachin Tendulkar on MS Dhoni
Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar recalls his first impression of MS Dhoni. He was impressed by his hard-hitting and told then captain Sourav Ganguly he was a gifted hard hitter of the ball.
“I first saw him on the tour of Bangladesh. Sourav (Ganguly) and I had heard that he could hit the ball well. But could he do that in international cricket? That was our question. On that tour, he didn’t score too many runs, but in the couple of shots he hit, including one boundary he hit to long-off, Dada and I thought that we have spotted something special. I told him, “Dada, this guy has got the gift of hitting the ball hard, ” Sachin Tendulkar told Hindustan Times.
“My first observation was: he has a very strong bat swing and during the impact the transfer of weight is really good; he will be able to generate great power,” Sachin Tendulkar added.
The strength that he possessed was calmness
Sachin Tendulkar further talked about the growth and strengths of MS Dhoni, keeping calm under pressure was one of them for which he is famously known as ‘Captain Cool’
I saw him grow as a youngster in the team, who climbed a number of mountains and made a huge mark in Indian cricket. He went from strength to strength. The strength that he possessed was calmness. He could keep his cool and soak in the pressure. He has a very active mind, he was a good reader of the game.
In each generation in Indian cricket, the leading players have contributed in their own style, their own manner and inspired a generation. That is where Dhoni fits in without any doubt.
MS Dhoni played his last game in the Indian colors 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. He had made his debut for Team India back in 2004. The 39-year-old had announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2014 and had handed Team India’s captaincy to Virat Kohli back in 2017. MS Dhoni will lead his side to the 13th edition of IPL in September in the UAE. He has joined CSK’S training camp in Chennai before traveling to the UAE for IPL 2020.