Ganguly compared MSD to ‘whip’
India’s world cup winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his international debut back in 2004 under the captaincy of then skipper of the Indian team Sourav Ganguly. That former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly backed many young players during his tenure which gave India many match-winners for the future.
Throughout his captaincy career, Ganguly had been a great judge of talents and he proved that many times. He even predicted that MS Dhoni was going to be a great asset for Team India when he saw him first. Recently, it has been revealed by former Kolkata Knight Riders Team Director Joy Bhattacharya that Ganguly had termed Dhoni as a ‘whip batsman’ in India’s tour to Bangladesh in 2004 which was the first international tour for Dhoni.
“I remember being on a flight to Bangladesh in 2004 and Sourav was just telling me ‘we have this chabuk new batsman’. ‘Chabuk’ means whipped. He said ‘chabuk new batsman’ who has come out. You have to see him, MS Dhoni is going to be a star,” said Bhattacharya in 22 yarns podcast of Oaktree Sports hosted by Gaurav Kapur and quoted by Hindustantimes.
He added on the same, “One thing he was just fantastic at was that he would just see you and he would know the talent. If you have the talent, he would back you. It didn’t mean that you could not get runs, you could fail, it didn’t matter to him. Because he knew on the day you had the ability to score.”