5 Players MS Dhoni never used in the XI despite being in the squad

In fact, Dhoni often tends to go in with an unchanged side and doesn’t like to tinker a lot.

2. Karn Sharma (ODIs)

Karn Sharma
Karn Sharma of India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

It’s been more than 12 years since Karn Sharma made his first-class and List ‘A’ debut. He was born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh but turned up to play for Railways in 2007 and made a century on first-class debut. However, it wasn’t until 2013 that he was noticed.

Playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 2013 IPL, Karn formed a potent pair with fellow leggie Amit Mishra to help SRH get to the playoffs in their first season. He followed it up with another good IPL in 2014 and was rewarded with a place in the Indian ODI and T20I squad that toured England. However, the Meerut-born leg-spinner didn’t feature in any of the ODIs as MS Dhoni opted to play Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.

However, he played the lone T20I on that tour and took 1/28. Moreover, he was thrown in the whites in the 2014 Adelaide Test. He played a couple of ODIs in between as well. However, Karn never played a single ODI under Dhoni.


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