MS Dhoni is considered the smartest mentor of the game and the credit goes to his leadership ability. The Ranchi-based wicketkeeper-batsman when he led Team India cleared this test with full color and his impeccable record is proof of it.
Talking about Dhoni’s understanding of the game, India selection committee member Sanjay Jagdale, who captained the wicketkeeper-batsman, said that he was always impressed by his confidence.
during an interview with News18Jagdale recalled an anecdote when the wicketkeeper-batsman stunned him with his confidence. He said that Dhoni was confident of winning the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007, which was the wicketkeeper’s first stint as the captain of Team India.
“Sir, Hum World Cup Jeet Ke Aayenge (We will be back with World Cup. I can never forget his words. He was not accidental at all, he looked very confident about what he said. And India Won the World Cup,” Jagdale said.
The former selector also narrated another incident when Dhoni observed from the dressing room and Greg Chappell recognized him as the ‘captain’ of the future. The incident happened when India was playing an ODI against Sri Lanka at Port of Spain in 2007.
“I was the selector and the manager. And, I was watching the match with coach Greg Chappell. Dhoni was padded and sat on the stairs. When Muttiah Muralitharan started bowling around the wicket. I asked Greg if his’ Second.” Round the wicket would be effective bowling. Dhoni told me in Hindi, “Sir, I will tell you from here, about his second (I will tell you from here). And Dhoni explained.”
When Dhoni left the dressing room to join the action midway, Chappell asked Jagdale about his conversation with the wicketkeeper. After listening to the conversation between the two, the former Australian cricketer, who was the coach of the Indian cricket team at the time, said: “Sanjay, he (Dhoni) is your future captain. And he is Sachin Tendulkar, India’s captain along with Rahul. Bane. Dravid and Sourav Ganguly withdraw from Twenty20 World Cup. I will never forget this incident.”
Dhoni, who retired from international cricket last year, will be seen in action in the Indian Premier League, which resumes from September 19. After the conclusion of the T20 league, he will once again be seen in the dressing room of Team India. But this time as a mentor.