Zaheer Khan Was The Reason Behind MS Dhoni's Success As A Captain In Test Cricket: Gautam Gambhir

Zaheer Khan Was The Reason Behind MS Dhoni’s Success As A Captain In Test Cricket: Gautam Gambhir

gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag
Gautam Gambhir. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who has famous for giving debatable statements, has credited Zaheer Khan for making MS Dhoni, the successful Test captain. He has even said that Sourav Ganguly worked hard to build the team but Dhoni got the fruits of it. Gambhir’s statement might open another debate among fans.

Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan was the leading wicket-taker for India in Test cricket. He notched 311 wickets in 92 Test matches, including 15 four-wicket hauls, 11 five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket haul. While Zaheer played in 33 Tests under Dhoni and picked up 123 wickets as India reached the top of the ICC Test rankings for the first time in 2009. 

Zaheer Khan and MS Dhoni
Zaheer Khan and MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Gambhir has said that Dhoni was blessed to have the world-class bowler like Zaheer. He further also credited former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly for hunting the talent like the Mumbaikar and giving him chances. It seems that Gambhir has completely disregarded Dhoni’s contribution to building the team. 

“The reason Dhoni became such a successful captain in Test cricket is because of Zaheer Khan. He was a big blessing that Dhoni got, for which credit goes to Ganguly. According to me, Zaheer has been India’s best world-class bowler,” Gambhir said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.

Captaining 2011 World Cup team was very easy for MS Dhoni: Gautam Gambhir

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

Cricketer-turned-politician also tagged Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and himself as the reason behind Dhoni’s success in 2011 World Cup. He has said that Dhoni was lucky to have amazing talent playing under him because of which he easily won the mega event. 

“Dhoni has been a very lucky captain because he got an amazing team in every format,” Gambhir said. “Captaining 2011 World Cup team was very easy for Dhoni because we had players like Sachin, Sehwag, myself, Yuvraj, Yusuf, Virat, so he had got the best teams, while Ganguly had to work very hard for it, and as a result, Dhoni won so many trophies.”

MS Dhoni last played for India in the World Cup 2019 and it has been one year that the wicketkeeper-batsman has been out of action. He was set to feature in the IPL which was earlier to scheduled from 29th March but was postponed indefinitely after the outbreak of coronavirus. 

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