MS Dhoni might have lost touch since the 2019 World Cup but his brute force and power-hitting abilities were second to none. Dhoni had established himself as a finisher in the Indian team and guided the side to plenty of victories over the years. However, former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar disclosed an unheard story about the former India cricketer.
Dhoni, in his formative years, had made a name for himself and proved his potential with the 148-run knock against Pakistan and 183 vs Sri Lanka. Bangar said that Dhoni had natural ability to clear the ball. He also added that the former India captain used to write the tactics on his thigh pads and followed in while he came out to bat.
MS Dhoni used to write on his thigh pad – 1, 2 – Tick Tick and 4, 6 – Cross Cross: Sanjay Bangar
“I came to know recently as to how – in his formative years, because he is such a hitter of the ball, has that natural ability to clear – Dhoni curbed his natural instinct. He used to write on his thigh pad – 1, 2 – Tick Tick and 4, 6 – Cross Cross,” Bangar said on Star Sports.
“So every time he would go out to bat, and he’d be putting on his thigh pad, he’d probably have a look at that. It would remind him that he has to follow a process. And that is how by running those one and two he became such a great finisher.”
Dhoni made a big name for himself by making the country proud with his achievements after coming from the cricketing backwaters of Ranchi. He has achieved immense success as a player and also grew up to be one of the most successful captains and achieved almost everything the ICC tournaments had to offer.
All the success has made him one of the most influential person on the cricketing circuit but he was not the same when he was first introduced to the national team. Besides that, MS Dhoni has also been the go-to man for his teammates whenever he is on the field.