Took 10 days to convince Sourav Ganguly to let MS Dhoni keep wickets: Kiran More

MS Dhoni obtained his large break in Indian cricket after then-captain Sourav Ganguly was satisfied to let the Jharkhand wicketkeeper play within the 2004 Duleep Trophy closing as a substitute of Deep Dasgupta, the Bengal wicketkeeper who was additionally within the India staff then, mentioned former chief selector Kiran More.(*10*)

Talking in regards to the 2004 match, the place a 22-year-old Dhoni performed for East Zone as wicketkeeper and opening batsman, More mentioned on an episode of The Curtly and Karishma Present on YouTube: “We have been searching for a wicket-keeper batsman. We have been searching for a power-hitter, somebody who can come at No.6 or 7 and get us fast 40-50 runs.”(*10*)

More mentioned he had gone to witness Dhoni enjoying after listening to about his big-hitting exploits from his colleagues. Upon seeing Dhoni rating 130 runs out of his staff’s complete of 170 in a single match, More went to India captain Ganguly to attempt to convince him to give an opportunity to Dhoni within the Duleep Trophy closing.(*10*)

“We needed Dhoni to play within the closing as a wicketkeeper. That’s once we had a number of debate with Sourav Ganguly and Deep Dasgupta – who performed for India then and who was from Calcutta. So, it took about ten days to convince Sourav and his selector to ask Deep Dasgupta to not keep wickets, and to let MS Dhoni keep wickets,” More recalled.(*10*)

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Dhoni scored 21 runs within the first innings of the ultimate, opening with Shiv Sunder Das, earlier than belting 60 off 47 within the second innings. Later that yr, he would later journey with an India A squad for a triangular sequence in Kenya, additionally involving Pakistan A.(*10*)

“Dhoni stored wickets, he smashed all of the bowlers round after which we despatched him to Kenya for the triangular sequence involving India A, Pakistan A and Kenya. MS scored about 600 runs and after that relaxation his historical past,” More mentioned.(*10*)

In December 2004, Dhoni made his worldwide debut pipping the likes of Dasgupta and Dinesh Karthik.(*10*)

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