| On Updated : Jul 7, 2020 4:00 PM IST

Watch: Sourav Ganguly reveals how MS Dhoni was picked for Team India

Indian cricket is blessed to have got the services of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The man who hails from small-town Ranchi has achieved everything that a captain could possibly dream of. A big part of his success should be credited to the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who drafted him to the national side despite the lack of support from the rest of the selection panel.  In his latest interview with Mayank Agarwal, Ganguly opened upon what made him take such a bold decision.

Knew MS Dhoni could deliver, says Sourav Ganguly

Indian opener Mayank Agarwal had been doing live videos on the BCCI website under the name ‘Open Nets With Mayank’. His latest guest was none other than the BCCI president and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly. During the interview, he asked Dada on why he decided to pick MS Dhoni into the Indian team despite a lack of support from selectors.

“Your word got Mahi bhai picked in the Indian team and the rest is history. Is that a myth or a reality?” asked Mayank

Ganguly clarified that it was just his job to pick the best team possible and added that he went with his instincts on picking Dhoni, as he believed that Dhoni could deliver for the team when needed. He added that he is happy that his decision came out fruitful for the Indian team in the long run.

“It's true, but that's my job isn't it… it's the captain's job to pick and make the best-possible team. You go by your instincts, faith on that player that he will deliver for you.

“I'm happy that Indian cricket got a Mahendra Singh Dhoni, because he is unbelievable,” Ganguly told Mayank Agarwal during the latest BCCI interview.

MS Dhoni should’ve batted up the order says, Ganguly

Ganguly went onto add that MS Dhoni is not just the world’s best finisher, but is also one of the greatest players in the world. He claimed that Dhoni would’ve got more runs if he would’ve batted up the order. Interestingly Dhoni had once scored a mammoth 148 against Pakistan in Vizag while batting at number three under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy.

He has batted at number three on 16 occasions in One Day Internationals and boasts an average of 82.75 at a staggering strike rate of 99.70.

“He's one of the great players in world cricket, not just finisher. Everyone talks about the way he finishes lower down the order.

“The best players in the shorter format had the ability to hit boundaries at will. You look over a period of time in the history of ODI cricket, the best players can find the fence under pressure consistently and MS Dhoni was one of the best. That's why he was special,” Ganguly said on Open Nets With Mayank.

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Midhun M Menon @Mid_On_

An engineer who watches, plays, and writes cricket. Out here to tell you interesting stories from 22 yards from the perspective of a 22-year-old guy.

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