‘I credit MS Dhoni for changing the face of Indian cricket’ – Moin Khan
Dhoni announced his arrival in international cricket when he made his ODI debut against Bangladesh under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy in 2004.
Updated - Feb 8, 2020 2:37 pm
Former Indian captain and one of the best cricketing brains of the game, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the greatest captains to have ever led a team in white-ball cricket. From leading a young brigade of men to the inaugural World Twenty20 glory in 2007 to realizing India’s dream of lifting ODI World Cup after 28 years in 2011 to winning Champions Trophy in 2013 with respect to unfamiliar climes in England, MS Dhoni has well and truly changed the entire complexion of Indian cricket.
Dhoni is the only captain in the history of the game to win each of the three ICC trophies namely ICC WT20, ODI World Cup and Champions Trophy. The Indian wicketkeeper-batsman is currently on a sabbatical from international cricket ever since the team’s semi-final defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Moin Khan showered his praise on Dhoni for changing the face of Indian cricket. Moin, who retired from international cricket in 2004 has seen through what Sourav Ganguly had started and the Indian cricket became on a different level altogether under the tutelage of MS Dhoni.
MS Dhoni’s journey in international cricket kicked off in 2004
MS Dhoni announced his arrival in international cricket when he made his ODI debut against Bangladesh under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy in 2004. The former Indian skipper has by far represented India in 350 ODIs, 90 Tests and 98 T20Is while affecting a colossal record of 829 dismissals behind the stumps.
This goes to show his street-smart wicketkeeping. It is also worth mentioning that MS Dhoni-led his team to the top spot in ICC Rankings, both in red-ball cricket and in the 50-over format. The former chief selector and Pakistan team manager also stressed the fact that Indian cricket is ahead of Pakistan cricket because of a lack of match winners.
“I credit Mahindra Singh Dhoni for changing the face of Indian cricket. He really turned them around and saw through what Saurav Ganguly had started. That is why India is producing so many quality players and they have strong bench strength,” former Pakistan captain Khan said on Gsports show on GTV News channel.