One of the important characteristic a captain should have is the ability to keep faith in one’s team members. He has to constantly back players so that they feel secure, can produce their best form and become successful.
MS Dhoni is one such captain who never loses hope. He gives numerous opportunities to a player before taking a call against him. Although all the players might not have enjoyed his confidence, but there were some who had Dhoni’s full trust.
These players later repaid Dhoni’s faith and became successful and now currently are superstars. As a result these players should owe a huge part of their successful stint to the former Indian captain, the Ranchi-born cricketer MS Dhoni.
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Here is the list of 5 cricketers who became successful because of Dhoni’s backing:
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1. Rohit Sharma
Until 2013, Rohit Sharma was a struggling middle-order batsman. Despite having all the talent, Rohit was unable to find his foot in the international circuit. In his first 86 ODIs, Rohit averaged only 30.43 and was never consistent.
But destiny changed when Dhoni asked Rohit to open the innings against England in Champions Trophy in January 2013. Since that time Rohit didn’t have to look back and has become one of the successful opener in white-ball cricket.
Since that time, Rohit’s average has gone to 59.27. He also scored 25 centuries which included 3 double-centuries. The 32-year-old player has also scored 4 centuries in T20Is, which is the highest by any player.
Thus Rohit should definitely thank Dhoni for his successful stint in shorter formats. Although he hasn’t done much in Test cricket, but in shorter formats, Rohit has become an unstoppable beast.