Sourav Ganguly sacrificed his career to make MS Dhoni a great player, says Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag said that Sourav Ganguly sacrificed his batting spot for MS Dhoni which helped the wicketkeeper become a great player.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 8, 2017 3:29 pm
ms dhoni, mahendra singh dhoni, virender sehwag, sourav ganguly Sourav Ganguly (R) was India captain when MS Dhoni made his debut.

Sourav Ganguly sacrificed his batting spot in the Indian cricket team for MS Dhoni which helped the wicketkeeper become the batsman he is today, former India opener Virender Sehwag has said. In a TV interview, Sehwag said that had Ganguly not allowed Dhoni to bat up the order in his place, he would not have become such a great player.

“We were experimenting with the batting order at that time. We decided that if we get a good opening partnership then Sourav Ganguly would come at No.3 but if we had a bad opening stand then we would send pinch hitters like Irfan Pathan or Dhoni to accelerate the scoring rate,” Sehwag told India TV in an interview.

Sehwag added that it was Ganguly’s decision to promote Dhoni up the order, a decision very few captains could have taken. He said that Ganguly believed in giving chances to new players.

“Ganguly at that time decided to give Dhoni a chance at No.3 for three or four matches. There are very few captains who would first give away his own batting spot for Virender Sehwag and then his set spot of No.3 for Dhoni. Had Dada (Ganguly) not done that, Dhoni would not have become such a great player. Ganguly always believed in giving chances to new players,” Sehwag added.

When Ganguly was removed as the captain, Rahul Dravid took over and Sehwag was quick to mention that Dravid played an equally important role in making Dhoni a great finisher.

“During Rahul Dravid’s captaincy, Dhoni got the role of a finisher. He got out a couple of times playing a bad shot and he was also reprimanded by Dravid during one instance. But from that instance, he completely changed his approach and became a very good finisher. The kind of partnerships he had with Yuvraj Singh are memorable,” Sehwag said.

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  1. A
    Oct 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm
    Veeru must be drinking booze instead of Chai! There is no way Ganguly would sacrifice anything to make someone else better and There is nothing wrong with that approach
    1. K
      Oct 9, 2017 at 10:06 am
      That's absolutely baseless ... A player makes his position by his abilities...every player gets an opportunity n that's what even Dhoni got...n we all know what metal Dhoni is made of and majority of his success is after ganguly
      1. C
        Oct 9, 2017 at 8:15 am
        I don't agree. If ganguly didn't do it, he would have lost those matches as captain. As a captain it is his responsibility to spot the talent and give the opportunity to achieve his primary goal. I may say like this, he is a great captain in spotting a talent. But Dhoni is not at the mercy of Ganguly.
        1. S
          Oct 9, 2017 at 6:30 am
          I am surprised to hear Ganguly sacrificed. Dada was an average captain and because of MS we won many matches
          1. S
            SK Gupta
            Oct 9, 2017 at 4:43 am
            Viru may be undiplomatic at times, but speaks from the heart. We are lucky to have had such great players in the Indian team! Dada, Dhoni, Dravid !
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