India's ODI XI in MS Dhoni's debut match: Where are they now?
MS Dhoni is widely regarded as India’s greatest captain ever and also among the best finishers that the game has seen. Under Dhoni’s command, the Indian team won a World T20 title, a 50-over World Cup and also reached atop the ICC team rankings for Tests.
The most cherishable fact about the Jharkhand cricketer is that despite all that he has achieved in a fairy-tale career, he is still around and still leading Team India from the front. However, considering the kind of debut that he had, no one would have dreamt that he would have such a long and successful journey.
Dhoni’s first international match was an ODI against Bangladesh at Chittagong in December 2004, which was part of a 3-match bilateral series. Coming in to bat at No. 6, MSD turned his first ball to the leg side and tried to scamper across for a single but was denied by non-striker Mohammad Kaif.
Unfortunately, by the time he turned around and got back to his crease, the future Indian great was run out by Khaled Mashud. India eventually won the match by 11 runs and Kaif won the Man of the Match award for his 80-run knock.
None of the names from Team India’s playing XI on MS Dhoni’s debut feature in the current ODI team apart from the man himself. Let’s take a look at where each of those 10 players is at present:
#1 Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly was the captain of the Indian team when MS Dhoni made his debut and just like the latter, he was also dismissed for a duck off the second ball of the match. Ganguly would go on to lead India for almost another year before losing the captaincy to Rahul Dravid, thanks to his feud with coach Greg Chappell.
Poor form with the bat also ensured his ouster from the team but he made a strong comeback late in 2006 to cement his place in the side. In his second stint as an Indian cricketer, Sourav Ganguly achieved Test batting milestones that had eluded him so far including a double century and a hundred at his home ground, Eden Gardens.
Dada, as Ganguly is fondly known, called time on his career after the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008 and played a good hand in both Indian victories during the series. Since retirement, the former Indian skipper has donned many hats including that of a cricket commentator, a TV game show host and an administrator.
Sourav Ganguly is currently president of the Cricket Association of Bengal and has already made major contributions towards improving the state of cricket not only in West Bengal but in the entire country. He is also co-owner of the football club, Atletico de Kolkata, which plays in the Indian Super League.