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MS Dhoni can’t compromise on fielding and running between the wicket: R Sridhar

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During a recent interview with Cricket.com, the former Indian fielding coach, R Sridhar explained how for MS Dhoni, fielding and running between the wickets wasn’t a part of the negotiation and at a given stance can be compromised. Indian cricket first time in its history got one of its greatest captains in the form of Dhoni, back in 2007. And since then, there wasn’t looking back again.

During his tenure with the Indian team, Dhoni made a lot of ambitious and bold choices that surprised only the team management but also the world. Out of his many good choices, fielding and running between the wickets was amongst the top most. If we listen to R Sridhar precisely, the Dhoni made plainly but very clear that for him these above-mentioned two areas are absolutely of no tolerance. Sridhar said,

“When he was captain, he led the fielding. And the running between the wicket was to me, an eye opener. MS said that ‘two things that are non-negotiable for me are fielding and running between the wicket”

Sridhar further added,

“And that is something which still holds true. And the kind of emphasis he laid on fielding, Virat took it forward. Ravi always said that the 11 best fielders will take the park. So that is the kind of importance that was laid on fielding,”

Speaking of Dhoni, let’s also review the player achievements and awards received so far

  • In 2008 and 09, he was declared the cricketer of the year
  • In 2009, he was awarded with India’s most prestigious award “Padma Bhushan”
  • He has led his IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings to be winners 4 times
  • In 2007, MS Dhoni led India to win the T20 world cup
  • Under his leadership, India won the ODI World Cup Tournament in 2011
  • He also helped India to win the champions Trophy in 2013 which was against England

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