MS Dhoni received his massive break in Indian cricket after then-captain Sourav Ganguly was satisfied to let the Jharkhand wicketkeeper play within the 2004 Duleep Trophy remaining as an alternative of Deep Dasgupta, the Bengal wicketkeeper who was additionally within the India workforce then, stated former chief selector Kiran Extra.
Talking in regards to the 2004 match, the place a 22-year-old Dhoni performed for East Zone as wicketkeeper and opening batsman, Extra stated on an episode of The Curtly and Karishma Present on YouTube: “We had been on the lookout for a wicket-keeper batsman. We had been on the lookout for a power-hitter, somebody who can come at No.6 or 7 and get us fast 40-50 runs.”
Extra stated 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 workforce’s complete of 170 in a single match, Extra went to India captain Ganguly to attempt to persuade him to present an opportunity to Dhoni within the Duleep Trophy remaining.
“We needed Dhoni to play within the remaining as a wicketkeeper. That’s once we had loads 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 persuade Sourav and his selector to ask Deep Dasgupta to not hold wickets, and to let MS Dhoni hold wickets,” Extra recalled.
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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 collection in Kenya, additionally involving Pakistan A.
“Dhoni stored wickets, he smashed all of the bowlers round after which we despatched him to Kenya for the triangular collection involving India A, Pakistan A and Kenya. MS scored about 600 runs and after that relaxation his historical past,” Extra stated.
In December 2004, Dhoni made his worldwide debut pipping the likes of Dasgupta and Dinesh Karthik.