Ganguly had an inkling about the truth that Dhoni would do wonders for the Indian cricket workforce sooner or later,Sourav Ganguly had described MS Dhoni as a ‘Chabuk batsman’ in India’s tour to Bangladesh in 2004 which was the wicket-keeper’s first international tour after a really successful tri-series representing India A against Pakistan A and Kenya A, revealed former KKR team director Joy Bhattacharya
That former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is a great judge of talent needs no proof. Ganguly’s backing of young talents like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan gave India match-winners for the future. Ganguly saw the same amount of talent in MS Dhoni too. The former India opener knew Dhoni would go on to become a star when the wicket-keeper batsman first came into the Indian side in 2004.
Former Kolkata Knight Riders Team Director Joy Bhattacharya revealed Ganguly had described Dhoni as a ‘Chabuk batsman’ in India’s tour to Bangladesh in 2004 which was the wicket-keeper’s first international tour after a really successful tri-series representing India A against Pakistan A and Kenya A.
“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 uploaded on Spotify and Youtube.
Dhoni’s debut series in Bangladesh under Ganguly’s captaincy, was, however, not an impressive one. He was run out for a duck after facing just 1 ball in the first ODI at Chattogram. His scores in the next two ODIs were 12 off11 and 7* off 2 balls.
Dhoni’s career graph took an upward surge when he was promoted to bat at No.3 in an ODI against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam by Ganguly. The Ranchi cricketer hit 148 and since then has never looked back.
Dhoni has represented India in 90 Test, 348 ODIs, and 98 T20Is, scoring 4876, 10773, and 1617 runs respectively.
Under his captaincy, India went on to win the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy.