Ganguly Wanted Dhoni For 2004 Tour Of Pakistan, Says John Wright

New Delhi: India skipper, Sourav Ganguly was very eager to have Mahendra Singh Dhoni within the nationwide workforce for the historic tour of Pakistan in 2004, however the dashing wicket-keeper-batsman missed the bus by the pores and skin of his enamel, John Wright, who was India coach on the time, has disclosed to IANS.

Parthiv Patel was chosen for the three-Take a look at collection, the primary to be performed in opposition to India in Pakistan after 15 years, and Rahul Dravid saved the wickets within the 5 One-day Internationals.

“Dhoni nearly toured with us to Pakistan [in 2004]. Sourav was very keen to have him in the squad. He was on the borderline, and it was one of those decisions that could have gone either way. As it turned out, we selected a successful Test team, and he didn’t make it,” Wright instructed IANS in an interview, paying wealthy tribute to Dhoni. India received the three-Take a look at collection 2-1 and the five-ODI collection 3-2.

“That was obviously when Dhoni had started to come into discussions at the national level. Sourav had very good things to say about him and always encouraged youngsters who came into the set-up. But you never know how things would have worked out [for Dhoni had he been picked for the Pakistan tour]. That’s when I first started to hear about him,” recalled Wright, who had a five-year stint (2000-2005) as the primary overseas coach of India.

Dhoni ultimately made his One-day Worldwide debut in December 2004, in opposition to Bangladesh in Chittagong, aged 23 years and 169 days. And he made his Take a look at debut in December 2005, in opposition to Sri Lanka in Chennai, when he was 24 years and 148 days previous. The person from Ranchi went on to turn out to be one of the profitable India captains within the two shorter codecs of the sport – ODI and T20. Moreover, he was a dependable hard-hitting batsman and specialised in chasing down profitable targets with ridiculous ease within the two codecs.

“And Dhoni seemed to be reading the game an over ahead. That’s always a sign of a good, strategic captaincy,” former New Zealand captain Wright mentioned from his house metropolis Christchurch. “He’s obviously one of India’s greatest captains along with one or two in the Modern Era. He has certainly been fantastic for India. His record speaks for itself.”

Dhoni led India in 200 of the 350 ODIs he performed, for 55 p.c success. In T20 Internationals, he captained the nation in 72 of the 98 matches for 58.33 per cent success. And, he was captain in 60 of the 90 Assessments and ended up with 45 per cent success.

Additionally, Dhoni received all three ICC trophies as India captain – World T20 in 2007, 50-over World Cup in 2011, and 50-over Champions Trophy in 2013. The dashing cricketer retired from worldwide cricket final month after a extremely profitable 14-year worldwide profession, however continues to captain Chennai Tremendous Kings within the Indian Premier League.

Whereas recalling his affiliation with Dhoni, Wright identified that he was with the dasher for a short while, however mentioned he was extremely impressed by many points of the teen’s cricket intelligence and character.

“It was obvious that Dhoni was not only a very gifted cricketer but also an extremely intelligent one. He was a very good listener who didn’t say much in his first series [under me], but was observing and learning all the time. I thought at the time that he had a big future in front of him,” mentioned the articulate former left-handed opening batsman.

Was Dhoni a born chief or labored himself up for captaincy? “I can’t make that judgement because I wasn’t there [for long to see him captain]. He just played just one series [under me as coach]. What I heard from afar was that he didn’t have any difficulty in taking the reins over when there were more experienced players in the side and they seemed to respect his leadership which is always a sign of leadership ability,” Wright mentioned.

The previous New Zealand captain appears most impressed by Dhoni’s capability to alter gears whereas batting and adapt to totally different conditions of a recreation – one thing that he witnessed in India’s house ODI collection in opposition to Pakistan in 2005.

“He got a hundred in his career’s fifth One-day International [in Visakhapatnam] while Virender Sehwag looked quite slow. That was a brilliant innings. It was one of those hundreds for which you would stand and say: ‘This guy is very special’,” he mentioned referring to Dhoni’s brisk 123-ball 148.

“And in the fourth ODI, came in after openers Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag had put on a good stand and he came in at No.3. The most interesting thing was that he was quite happy just to rotate the strike and give the batsman who was in, and I thought that it was really intelligent and smart cricket. And that was one of his characteristics – not only as a cricketer but as a leader, particularly in one-day cricket, throughout his career. Technically he was very sound,” emphasised Wright. Dhoni scored 64-ball 47 in Ahmedabad, although Pakistan received the sport.


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