5 cricketers who owe their success to MS Dhoni

5 cricketers who owe their success to MS Dhoni

There were a few players Dhoni backed like no one else and these players came out with flying colours.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

There have been certain captains who simply love backing particular players to the tilt. MS Dhoni was one such character. One of his excellent qualities as a leader was his ability to keep faith in players.

He rarely lost confidence in a particular player early. He would give them a number of games before taking a call. It may not have happened with all the players that played under Dhoni but the former India captain is known for his ability to trust and back players.

There were a few players he backed like no one else and these players came out with flying colours. Hence, here are five cricketers whose success was largely due to MS Dhoni and they owe a big share of that success to the Ranchi-born cricketer.

1. Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

From the time Rohit Sharma started opening the batting, his career turned upside down. Until 2013, Sharma was struggling in the Indian middle-order. He had all the talent in the world but somehow he couldn’t make it big at the international level.

The Nagpur-born batsman averaged 30.43 after his first 86 ODI matches. There were a few flashes of brilliance but he wasn’t consistent at all. However, it was in January 2013 against England that Sharma first opened the batting. But it was MS Dhoni’s masterstroke of promoting him at the top of the order in the 2013 Champions Trophy that worked wonders.

Since then, Rohit hasn’t looked back. He is one of the best white-ball openers going around in world cricket. He averages 59.27 in ODI cricket and has scored 25 ODI tons which include three double tons since January 2013. In T20Is, the 32-year-old opener has four hundreds which is the most by any player.

Hence, Dhoni has played a massive role in shaping Rohit’s career and hence, the latter owes a lot of his success to Dhoni. Rohit may not have made it big in Test cricket but in the shorter formats, his career has taken off.