Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has recently praised former Indian captain and current wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He has said that if Dhoni had not captained Team India, he would have batted at number three for India and made many records.
At a Star Sports show “Cricket Connected”, Gambhir said
“World cricket has missed one thing and that is MS did not bat at No.3 and MS captained the Indian side. Had MS not captained India and batted at No.3, world cricket would have seen a completely different player. Probably he would have scored many more runs and broken many more records,”
“Forget records, they are meant to be broken, he would have been the most exciting cricketer in the world right now. MS batting on flat wickets with the quality of bowling attack now in world cricket, look at Sri Lanka, look at Bangladesh, look at West Indies, given the current situation with the quality of international cricket there is, MS would have probably broken most of the records,”
A 16-year-long career, Dhoni has scored more than 10,000 runs in ODI cricket for India. MS Dhoni has scored 70 percent of these runs while batting at number four and five only.
While Dhoni has scored 3169 runs while batting at number four, he has scored 4164 runs at number 5. Dhoni batted at number three for India 16 times during which he scored 993 runs. Dhoni last batted at number three for India in 2009.
Before getting Indian captaincy, Dhoni scored 4132 runs for India at an average of over 46. While after getting the captaincy, he scored 7703 runs at an average of more than 53.