Used to call MS Dhoni a terrorist but he became a saint: Former teammate

first_imgUsed to call MS Dhoni a terrorist but he became a saint: Former teammateMS Dhoni’s former Bihar and Railways teammate Satya Prakash marvelled the India wicketkeeper’s ability to adapt to situations and insisted that his ability to keep sentiments away makes him peerless in modern-day cricket.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 18, 2019 19:03 IST MS Dhoni began his career as a see-ball-hit-ball cricketer (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni is gearing up to feature in his 4th World Cup for Team IndiaDhoni’s friend Satya Prakash said they underestimated his potentialDhoni has been in fine form with the bat in the World Cup yearMS Dhoni had grabbed eyeballs when he broke onto the international scene with his big-hitting skills. The long-haired wicketkeeper-batsman gave very little respect to opposition bowlers while batting higher-up the order.Dhoni made it into the star-studded India team with the reputation of a big hitter and he lived up to it early in his career. Dhoni had blasted 145 off just 123 in only his 5th ODI in Visakhapatnam against Pakistan in 2005. Later that year, Dhoni demolished the Sri Lankan attack, scoring his career-best ODI score of 183 not out against the Islanders in Jaipur.Recalling Dhoni’s ability to make light work of opposition attack, his former Bihar and Railways teammate Satya Prakash said the India wicketkeeper’s friends used to call him an atankwadi (terrorist). Satya Prakash also pointed out how Dhoni matured and mastered the art of adapting to conditions and the needs of the team over the years.”We used to call him atankwadi (terrorist). He used to hit 40-50 runs in 20 balls. But he became a saint when he played for the country and changed his approach. He is a good learner,” Satya Prakash told Sportstar.Prakash also conceded that Dhoni’s friends got it wrong when it came to gauging his potential as a captain before the India call-up.”He rarely captained in the past, but see how he became the captain of some all-time great players. He always spoke in Hindi, but now he speaks fluently in English. We friends never really gauged his potential,” Prakash said.Notably, Satya Prakash had played a key role in getting MS Dhoni a job in Kharagpur.advertisementSatya Prakash also shed light on what he believes makes Dhoni a bit different from his contemporaries. Narrating an incident from 2003, Prakash said Dhoni isn’t someone who cares about sentiments.”The difference between other players and Dhoni is that he does not have sentiments. In 2003, we were playing football and his mother called on his mobile. When he was informed, he said, ‘Let the phone ring’ and focused on the game. Much later I realised why he did that – he was already in the high-intensity mode and did not want to break it.”MS Dhoni, who had led India to World Cup glory in 2011, will be featuring in what is likely to be his final appearance in the quadrennial tournament later this month. Having started the World Cup year well with some impressive outings for Team India and Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni will be expected to shine with the bat at the World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Also Read | Brad Hodge gets brutally trolled for commenting on Virat Kohli-Rishabh Pant videoAlso Read | It’s my duty to learn from MS Dhoni, says Vijay Shankar ahead of 2019 World CupAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Satya PrakashFollow India cricket teamFollow 2019 World Cuplast_img