MS Dhoni role model – On his birthday, many cricketers and fans posted adorable birthday wishes on social media wishing Mahendra Singh Dhoni a joyous 39th birthday all while mentioning how he serves as an idol, a role model in their lives. Be it young cricketers like Rishabh Pant or Hardik Pandya or experienced veterans like Joss Buttler or Suresh Raina, everyone considers MSD an inspiration. So let us take a look at the people who played the part of the inspiration in MSD’s professional life, who were instrumental in moulding an ordinary guy into one of the greatest cricketers of all time.
Keshav Ranjan Banerjee:
MSD’s first coach during his school days in Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Keshav Ranjan Banerjee has played a pivotal role in transforming a kid who was then interested in goalkeeping into a tremendous wicket-batsman that he is today. He used his tough-love approach to mould Dhoni in his early days and prepared him for an amazing journey to becoming one of the greatest players of cricket all around the globe. He was the one who instantly saw that cricket was a calling for the young Mahi. He takes pride in being able to impart his teachings on a world-class player. Dhoni himself reveres his guru and visits him whenever he can.
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Chanchal Bhattacharya was the coach of MS Dhoni in Ranchi who helped shape his skills at the club and state level. In an interview with the media, Chanchal Bhattacharya recalled how MSD had always been passionate about the game. He recalled that after he had been dropped from the India U-19 team’s tour to Kenya, Dhoni came to him and asked whether he should leave cricket. Bhattacharya helped calm an uneasy Dhoni and helped him better his skills. He is proud to admit that his sheer will and dedication had led him to his feats. Bhattacharya Sir has also repeatedly advocated in favour of Dhoni whenever critics raised concerns over his dip in form.
South African coach Gary Kirsten served as the Team India coach from 2008 to 2011. Dhoni’s relationship with Kirsten as the Team India coach was one to envy. Gary Kirsten always backed MS Dhoni’s decisions and provided him and the entire team enough space to help nurture the natural talent of the team players. Together with Dhoni, he helped create a concept of a team that was bigger than an individual. Dhoni and Kirsten together inspired the entire Indian team with Kirsten’s tremendous work ethic and Dhoni’s presence of mind. Gary considers Dhoni one of the greatest leaders to have existed in the world. He admires his leadership so much that he went to say that he would not hesitate to go to war with him. Under Kirsten’s coaching and Dhoni’s leadership, India went on to win the 2011 World Cup for the first time in 28 years.
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Colonel Vembu Shankar:
Col. Shankar was Dhoni’s army associate and went to become of his closest friends. He accompanied Dhoni in the shooting ranges and helped him develop the lifestyle of a soldier when Dhoni joined the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army at the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Col. Shankar has gone on to understand the Dhoni enigma better than most.
A former India opener and national selector, VB Chandrashekhar backed Dhoni in the early days of his cricketing career and helped him to cement his position in the Indian National Team. He had been also instrumental in bringing Dhoni to the Chennai Super Kings at the start of the Indian Premier League.
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Sachin Tendulkar and Adam Gilchrist:
Although they didn’t coach Dhoni professionally, they made a huge impact on the mind of young MSD who considered them as his idols. Dhoni has admittedly said that he considered Sachin his sporting hero. It was Sachin Tendulkar who recommended Dhoni for captaincy after Rahul Dravid stepped down as the ODI captain. MSD also adores Australian legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist and has said that he would pay to watch him play. Gilchrist’s respect for Dhoni is also evident from his reply that he would also pay to watch Dhoni play. Gilchrist has also said that MSD was not the next Gilchrist, rather he was the first MS Dhoni.
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