New Delhi, May 18: The most successful captain to lead the Indian cricket team, veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has changed his approach drastically over the years.
He used to have a no holds barred explosive batting style during his early days as a budding cricketer, Dhoni mellowed down considerably when he climbed on to the international stage.
Satya Prakash, one of Dhoni’s close friends in the Bihar Ranji Trophy team, came up with some interesting anecdotes about the early cricketing life of one of the greatest batsmen of modern times.
“We used to call him atankwadi (terrorist). He used to hit 40-50 runs in 20 balls. But he became a saint when he played for the country and changed his approach. He is a good learner,” Prakash was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
Dhoni barrelled into India’s national consciousness when he captained the national team to victory at the inaugural World T20.
He won a second World Cup as captain in 2011 – this time the 50-over version. One of the most memorable moments from that tournament was when he his a six in the last over during the final against Sri Lanka to win the World Cup.
Currently playing in the inaugural Kharagpur Premier League (KPL), Satya Prakash asserted that he was confident that Dhoni will return to feature in the Indian Premier league (IPL) next year.
There has been a lot of speculation that Dhoni will draw the curtains down on his illustrious career after the ICC ODI World Cup, which starts in England and Wales at the end of this month.
However, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan has asserted that Dhoni will sport the yellow CSK jersey next year.
” We are confident he will come back. In the last two years, there were talks that he is not batting well, but statistically, he has had two great years. He had a stellar last season, and this time he did even better. And knowing him, he would do that for India in the World Cup too. He will definitely come back,” Prakash said.
CSK recently lost a nail-biting final clash by just one run as Mumbai Indians won a record fourth IPL title.
Originally Published by news24online.com