#2 M.S. Dhoni
Arguably India's greatest white-ball captain and the greatest finisher the world has ever seen, M.S. Dhoni's story is the stuff of legends, for having risen from a ticket-collector to a trophy-collector.
Ganguly had heard of him as an unorthodox big-hitting batsman-wicketkeeper in 2002-03. Most people would've wanted to see him bat, before taking a call. Not Ganguly. Dada has himself confirmed that Raju Mukherjee and Prakash Poddar, Talent Research Development Officers appointed by the BCCI, had mentioned Dhoni to them.
Here was a player who could ease the ball into the stands with consummate power and could be a colossal match-winner. When the selectors asked Ganguly whether he'd seen Dhoni, he replied in archetypal fashion:
"No, but I don't want to waste precious time."
The less said about Dhoni, the better it would be. Because the rest, as they say, is history.Published 29 Aug 2018, 01:58 IST