2. Virat Kohli
The current Indian captain and world’s best player should also owe his success to Dhoni. Kohli has been in sublime form in all the formats. But this wouldn’t have been possible without the constant backing of MSD.
While Kohli was just beginning his career, he was pretty inconsistent. Due to this inconsistency, it took him three years after his ODI debut to get into the Test side. In red-ball cricket, Kohli struggled a lot and had an average of just 21.27. Till then he had scored two fifties, which also came in one single Test.
While the management decided to drop Kohli after a couple of Tests against Australia in 2011-12, Dhoni decided to stick with him. This persistence led to a new life for Kohli which later became a successful stint. Kohli scored his maiden ton in the final Test of the series and never looked back from there.
3. Ravindra Jadeja
The Saurashtra-born all-rounder made his debut in international cricket in 2009. In the initial couple of years, he was decent. But over the years Jadeja started facing a lot of criticisms.
In 2009 and 2010, Jadeja played 35 ODIs where he took 29 wickets. He wasn’t picked in the 2011 World Cup squad, but became a regular member after the tournament. As Harbhajan Singh faded away, Jadeja became the spin-twin of Ravichandran Ashwin in shorter formats.
Along with the bowling, Jaddu also contributed with the bat in the lower order, mostly at No. 7. In late 2012, Jadeja made his debut in Test cricket and was backed by Dhoni. He played in the tours of South Africa, New Zealand and England.
Although Jaddu couldn’t do much in those tours, he came back after a year and made a huge impact. Even in IPL, Dhoni had a huge impact behind Jadeja’s successful journey. Since then one of the world’s best fielders didn’t have to look back.