For a while, it was perceived on social media that Gautam Gambhir had some of these things Wrench against MS Dhoni. It comes up every time Gambhir says something about the 2011 World Cup – how all the attention went to one man (read MS Dhoni), and the contributions of the likes of Yuvraj Singh went unnoticed. He also used to say in the past how the captain is only as good as the team of players. Despite the fact that he repeated it several times even during his successful reign as captain of KKR in the Indian Premier League, the explanation was that he was trying to go after MS Dhoni.
Now, Gambhir has come out with a comment mentioning Dhoni’s name and how it was a ‘blessing’ to have Dhoni in the team.
“MS (Dhoni) was India’s first wicket-keeper who could change the game with his batting. Earlier, they were wicketkeepers first and batsmen later, but MS was a batsman first and then a wicket-keeper,” Gambhir said on a show on Star Sports.
“It was a blessing for Indian cricket that in MS Dhoni, we got a wicket-keeper who could win matches from No. 7, because he had that power,” Gambhir said.
MS Dhoni finished his ODI career with 10,773 runs with 10 centuries and 73 fifties to his name. But Gambhir feels Dhoni could have scored more runs if he had reached number three.
Gambhir also spoke about how Dhoni was selfless as a captain, putting the team before himself.
“If MS had batted at number three, I am sure he could have broken many ODI records.
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“People always talk about MS Dhoni and his achievements as a captain, which is absolutely true. But I feel that because of the captaincy, he sacrificed the batsman in him, he could have achieved more with his bat which he didn’t. And that happens when you are a captain because you put the team first and forget about yourself.”
“He started batting at No. 6 or 7. If he had not been captain, he would have been India’s No. 3 player, and I think he could have scored more than he did and could have scored more hundreds as well.
“People always see MS as holding the trophies, but in my opinion, he sacrificed his international careers for the team trophies,” Gambhir said.