“He made selectors’ life straightforward,” stated Kiran Extra when speaking concerning the breakthrough tour for MS Dhoni. The previous chairman of selectors stated it was straightforward to take a name on handing Dhoni his maiden call-up after his performances in India A tour of Kenya.
MS Dhoni may not have been the first-choice wicketkeeper for the Kenya tour with India A. Dinesh Karthik was known as up for nationwide obligation and Dhoni, who had caught the attention of the selectors, was most popular forward of Deep Dasgupta who was additionally in competition.
MS Dhoni grabbed the chance with each palms because the long-haired wicketkeeper-batsman dominated bowling assaults within the tri-series towards Kenya and Pakistan A.
The tv broadcast of the collection additionally helped his case because the cricket fraternity noticed Dhoni taking the assault to Pakistan A bowlers within the collection. Dhoni completed with 362 runs, together with 2 lots of and a fifty in 6 innings. Dhoni quickly obtained the maiden ODI call-up.
Chatting with indiatoday.in, Kiran Extra stated the choice committee and the group administration noticed one thing particular in MS Dhoni that urged them to take the gamble and provides the wicketkeeper-batsman an opportunity on the highest stage.
Extra revealed that India have been trying to give Rahul Dravid a break from his wicketkeeping function in 2004 and India have been searching for wicketkeeper choices.
“I give credit score to my total choice panel. However positively, once I noticed him the primary time, he got here throughout as a particular participant, he has performed one thing totally different than others. 22 guys have been enjoying and there was this one man who regarded excellent out of that,” Kiran Extra stated.
“While you have a look at a participant like that, you at all times really feel ‘oh wow, that is one thing particular, one thing totally different’. That is what you have a look at as a selector. That is what I discovered in him, even others noticed the identical.
“While you choose a participant, you not solely have a look at efficiency. You do not wish to base it on the variety of lots of or fifties. You search for a match-winner. The way in which of his enjoying cricket, enjoying pictures and conserving wickets.
“Dhoni had performed properly on the home stage after which we picked him for India A group. Then he went to Kenya and scored almost 500 runs. Our lives as selectors grow to be straightforward when somebody performs like that. Since you’re preventing for his place and say this man generally is a future cricketer for India.
“Our lives turned very straightforward. All people got here on board, saying this man gained matches single-handedly in Kenya. The way in which he batted in Kenya, the best way he dominated the bowling assault and stored wickets. Life turns into straightforward for selectors to place him within the 14-man squad for India. That is what occurred to us.”
‘Dhoni an distinctive cricketer, research the sport very properly’
Kiran Extra stated MS Dhoni had the flexibility to make the profitable transition from home to worldwide stage. Extra added the soar is daunting for fairly just a few gamers however Dhoni was mentally robust and knew the place he wanted to enhance to seal a everlasting spot within the senior group, which he did.
“He was at all times a wise man who picked up issues very quick. He understood the sport very properly. He knew to what stage he wanted to enhance. That is what he did. He’s an distinctive man who research the sport very properly.
“Lot of individuals do not know what precisely occurs to them after they get picked within the Indian group, they abruptly get misplaced due to the stress of the worldwide stage. They’ll get dropped additionally. They do not do properly in that first look however after they return, they work arduous after which they arrive again into the group.
“Worldwide matches are watched worldwide, there’s stress from the media, crowd and also you wish to do properly within the probabilities that you simply get. It is extra about your psychological state once you’re enjoying at that stage. Dhoni was a mentally robust man. He understood the sport additionally very properly.”
‘India needed to offer Rahul Dravid a break from wicket-keeping duties’
Extra stated there wasn’t any particular dialog with the then India captain Sourav Ganguly however the group administration was eager on giving Rahul Dravid a break from his wicket-keeping duties.
Rahul Dravid stored wickets for India in 73 ODIs between 1999 and 2004. Dravid, in response to Extra, put his palms up when India have been searching for flexibility within the lead as much as the 2003 World Cup.
“We have been searching for a wicketkeeper as a result of Rahul had stored wickets for near 75 matches in ODIs. Rahul stored wickets within the 2003 World Cup. We did not wish to put stress on Rahul due to his batting as a result of that was his first precedence. Because of Rahul that he raised his hand and stated he was able to hold wickets for India. It is a very tough factor to say for any individual who was doing properly to place his palms up and say he was prepared. Hats off to Rahul,” Extra stated.
‘Dhoni has at all times stored it easy’
In the meantime, Extra stated he wasn’t shocked when MS Dhoni introduced his worldwide retirement on August 15, saying his message on Instagram was a mirrored image of the ‘easy’ method during which he approached his recreation.
“That is what MS Dhoni is about. He has given a shock on a fantastic day of the fifteenth of August, Independence Day. He did with a fantastic tune and a fantastic message. So he summed it up very properly.
“That is Dhoni. He at all times conveys messages with few strains solely. That is what he did in cricket additionally, he stored it easy. That is how he gave this small Insta message to the world,” Extra stated.