‘You will always be my captain!’ These words by Virat Kohli say enough about MS Dhoni, who has anchored the Indian side for over 14 years now. As wicket-keeper, middle-order batsman and captain for nearly a decade, Dhoni has taken India to the No. 1 position, then to the 2011 World Cup and not to forget the pulsating 2007 T20 WC final where he held his nerve.
There come certain points during a match where we feel MS Dhoni is also coach of the Indian team. His behind-the-stumps commentary and the sarcastic jibes have urged many players to perform.
So here are the players who have grown by leaps and bounds under Dhoni’s guidance
Jadeja made his ODI debut in 2009. He always had the spark in him, but it took someone’s guidance to take him to the next level. Dhoni is completely responsible for the growth of Sir Jadeja.
Dhoni’s still got Kohli’s back. In most cases, Dhoni is the one to bail India out with DRS referrals. Plus, it is under Dhoni’s guidance that Kohli flourished as a batsman. Kohli once also claimed that Dhoni had saved him from getting sacked from the Indian cricket team.
Ashwin’s unorthodox approach was understood by Dhoni, who knew the Tamil Nadu man’s potential. He tried a lot of things with Ashwin’s bowling, including once when he encouraged him to open the bowling in the 2011 World Cup match against Australia.
Shami debuted in all his formats under MS Dhoni. This fast bowler has always praised Captain Cool for being a calm and sensible captain.