5 players who excelled under MS Dhoni but faded away afterwards
“Every time I bat with him, spend time with him, I learn a lot. Every time I see Mahi bhai, I feel confident. That’s the sort of person he is. His aura is such that you just see him and tell yourself ‘I will deliver today’. He has the knack of getting the best out of every player,” Kedar Jadhav played a match-winning knock yesterday and credited former Indian skipper MS Dhoni after his performance.
Chasing a modest total of 237, the Men in Blue found themselves in a spot of bother as they were reduced to 99 for 4 before Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni calculated the chase to perfection. Jadhav scored an unbeaten 81 which helped him win the man of the match award. Dhoni, on the other hand, held up one end and scored an unbeaten 59 off 72 deliveries.
Jadhav's wonderful words about Dhoni came after his performance. In the past, Dhoni has been credited for the confidence that he has instilled in his players. On this note, let us take a look at five players who excelled under MS Dhoni but failed and faded away after that.
#5 Ishwar Pandey
Ishwar Pandey was one of the most renowned fast bowling names in the Indian domestic circuit. Pandey was the leading wicket-taker in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy season, his performances were rewarded as he was procured by the Pune Warriors India in 2013. Ishwar only had the opportunity to feature in two games where he could only manage to scalp a single wicket.
Next year, in 2014, the pacer was provided with the chance to play for Chennai Super Kings. Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, Ishwar picked up 17 wickets in 23 games. He bowled with the new ball and kept the runs under control in the first six overs. Pandey was at his best under MS Dhoni. Later, Pandey was included in the India A side and then earned a national call-up for the New Zealand tour.
Currently, Ishwar is playing domestic cricket for Madhya Pradesh. In the recently concluded first round of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Pandey picked up 9 wickets in 6 games.
#4 Shadab Jakati
Shadab Jakati is one of the most prominent names from Goa cricket. Much like his Goa teammate Swapnil Asnodkar, Jakati earned a name for himself through the Indian Premier League.
Jakati claimed four-fors in back-to-back games to announce himself in T20 cricket. His domestic success earned him an IPL call-up, Jakati featured for the Chennai Super Kings in 2009.
He was successful in his first IPL season, he picked up 13 wickets in South Africa. In the following year, he contributed to Chennai's winning campaign, he picked 13 wickets in the season with a low economy rate of 7.65. Recently, the left-arm spinner appreciated MS Dhoni's leadership and talked about the experience he gained from playing under the Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni.
Currently, Jakati is representing his state Goa in T20s. He played his previous game in January where he finished with the figures of 1 for 44 against Andhra Pradesh.
#3 Pawan Negi
Pawan Negi came to limelight when his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings began to use Negi as a pinch-hitter. Negi is an all-rounder who can bowl handy spin and can hit the long ball. The Delhi all-rounder was used with perfection by MS Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings management.
Negi's exploits in the IPL helped him to earn a national call-up. He was India's fourth spinner in the 2016 edition of the World T20. Negi became one of the four million-dollar buys at the 2016 IPL auction, the most-expensive uncapped buy ever at the time. The 2017 season of the IPL was Negi's best, he scalped 16 wickets in 12 games.
Currently, the 26-year-old is playing for Delhi in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Negi picked up 6 wickets in 6 games in the group stage of the tournament. Negi will be donning the Royal Challengers Bangalore jersey in this edition of the IPL.
#2 Joginder Sharma
MS Dhoni's first major triumph as a Captain came when Joginder Sharma delivered the final over in the World T20 in 2007. Pakistan required 13 runs off the final 6 balls with Misbah Ul Haq on strike.
Dhoni trusted Joginder Sharma to bowl the final over. Sharma bowled a wide, conceded a six and then dismissed Misbah as India snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The memory is etched in the heart of every Indian fan.
In the first edition of the IPL, Joginder represented Chennai Super Kings under MS Dhoni's leadership. He remained with the Chennai Super Kings till 2011, he picked up 12 wickets in 16 games. He also represented India in 4 ODIs. In 2011, Joginder met with a career-threatening accident, post that, he never made a comeback to the national side.
Currently, he is a part of the Haryana Police. He last played at the Diamonds versus Royals game held at St.Moritz.
#1 Mohit Sharma
Mohit Sharma grabbed the attention of the Chennai Super Kings on the back of a wonderful Ranji season where he picked up 37 wickets. In the 2013 season of the IPL, Mohit picked up 20 wickets from 15 games for MS Dhoni's side. His economy rate of 6.43 was the most impressive part of his bowling. Mohit was the purple cap holder in that season.
In the 2014 season, he was again procured by the Super Kings. Usually, he bowled with the new ball and bowled at the back end of the innings. Sharma scalped 23 wickets in the 2014 season of the IPL.
He earned a national call-up and represented India in the 2015 World Cup which was held in Australia. Sharma was one of the three Indian pacers who played all of India's 8 games.
The 30-year-old represents Haryana in domestic cricket. He'll feature in the IPL when he plays for the Chennai Super Kings this year.
Umid Kumar Dey