"Gambled On The Right Horse": Ex-India Selector On Dhoni's Maiden Call-Up

MS Dhoni made his world debut in opposition to Bangladesh in 2004.© AFP

Former India leader selector Kiran Extra, who performed an enormous position in immediate monitoring MS Dhoni into the Indian facet, mentioned that it was once a chance that the choice committee took which paid off and he’s satisfied that he took that opportunity with Dhoni and picked him to play for the nationwide crew. Extra, whilst answering a query from West Indian fast-bowling nice Curtly Ambrose all through a YouTube display referred to as ‘The Curtly and Karishma Display’, mentioned that India have been in search of a wicketkeeper-batsman after the 2003 Global Cup by which Rahul Dravid had stored wickets and the choice panel determined to move with the 23-year-old attacking batsman. 

“My colleague noticed him (Dhoni) first, then I went and noticed him. I particularly flew down and noticed him get 130 runs out of the crew’s general of 170. He smashed everybody. We needed him to play within the (Duleep Trophy 2004) finals as a wicket-keeper. That is once we had numerous debate with Sourav Ganguly and Deep Dasgupta. It took about ten days to inform Sourav and his selector to invite Deep not to stay wickets, and to let MS Dhoni stay wickets,” Extra mentioned. 

Dhoni repaid the agree with proven in him by means of the selectors as he smashed the North Zone bowlers to all portions of the bottom in Mohali. 

“Dhoni stored wickets, he smashed Ashish Nehra and the entire bowlers from North Zone 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 leisure his historical past. Dhoni had the entire bundle to transform a match-winner. It was once just a topic of time earlier than they all clicked in combination,” Extra added. 

“It is like playing, you wish to have to gamble at the proper horse. We gambled at the proper horse and that day he gained the race for us. I’m satisfied sitting at house and I give numerous credit score to my fellow selectors as smartly,” Extra concluded. 

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