5 cricketers whose careers were shortened because of MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni did have a hand in sacking these players, but how good were their numbers?

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

MS Dhoni, undoubtedly, is one of the greatest captains that India has ever produced. Be it handling the senior players like a pro or handling the transition phase with utmost patience, he has done it all. The wicket-keeper batsman has seen several ups and downs in his career but always tried to contribute in the best interest of Indian cricket.

When you closely observe his captaincy style, he is a man who believed in four-year plans. He always targeted a World Cup and wanted to build a team accordingly. However, in the process, it got inevitable for him to let go off a few senior players. Some of the talented wicketkeepers in the country couldn’t get a chance as he was the best behind the stumps. Thus, MS Dhoni is always accused of shortening the careers of a few players.

Here are five players whose careers were possibly shortened due to MS Dhoni

1. Virender Sehwag

MS Dhoni talks to Virender Sehwag. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

In the initial days of MS Dhoni’s captaincy career, Virender Sehwag was one of his most lethal weapons in the team for the opponents. The opener often got the team off to lightning starts irrespective of the format. Even though he didn’t get a big score always, Sehwag used to dent the opposition enough by the time he got out.

It was all going well with Viru until the 2011 World Cup. But later in the tours of England and Australia, Sehwag couldn’t create the same kind of impact. His aggressive game didn’t do him much good and he didn’t have many runs behind him.

Post the World Cup, Sehwag played in 50 innings across formats and scored just 1,486 runs at an average of nearly 30. He was struggling with his hand-eye coordination and the numbers weren’t good enough for international cricket. Thus, he was dropped from the side.


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