Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar uncovered MS Dhoni had disclosed to him that he would think himself qualified for international cricket as long as he is “beating the fastest sprinter in the team”.
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Manjrekar, a notable analyst, said he stopped for a moment to talk with the two times World Cup-winning Indian team captain. Where he talked regarding his future in international cricket during India skipper Virat Kohli’s wedding in 2017.
“During Virat Kohli’s wedding, I had a little corner time with him and he said as long as ‘I am beating the fastest sprinter in the team, I am going to consider myself fit enough to be playing international cricket or playing high-level cricket”, Manjrekar said.
“People like Tendulkar, Dhoni, these are champion cricketers. Once they are on the public stage, you will never see Dhoni ever on a public stage, like a cricket field, looking slightly unfit or unable to sprint or run…,” he said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Dhoni’s last match in competitive cricket was the 2019 World Cup elimination match against New Zealand.
Manjrekar likewise figured Dhoni would come great in the IPL, saying the nearness of “just four-five” great bowlers in the team isn’t sufficient to inconvenience the prepared campaigner.
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“He is going to be very good and one of the reasons he is so successful and consistent in IPL as a batsman as opposed to international is that he knows that there are about four to five bowlers to handle,” Manjrekar said.
“There are some good ones and there are some not so good ones in the IPL. In international, you have got five quality bowlers, so he’s so good at picking out those guys and going after them,” added Manjrekar.
“So, as a batter, with MS Dhoni in the IPL, I don’t see much difference.”
Dhoni, who has led the Chennai Super Kings to three IPL titles, has played 190 games in the cash-rich T20 league, scoring 4,432 runs.