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Anil Kumble Played A Crucial Role In Grooming MS Dhoni – Kris Srikkanth

Former India skipper MS Dhoni is arguably the best skipper the country has ever produced. The rich statistics are a testimony to his success and Dhoni is the only skipper in the world to win the three ICC titles – ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, ICC World Cup Cup in 2011, and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.

Since taking over the leadership baton after a debacle in the 2007 ICC World Cup, MS Dhoni has taken India to greater heights. From reaching the No.1 spot in Test cricket to being a dominant side in the limited-overs across the globe, the Men in Blues witnessed a turnaround.

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Speaking about Dhoni’s unparalleled legacy, former chief selector Kris Srikkanth emphasised the role of Anil Kumble in grooming MS Dhoni in international cricket. Notably, Kumble was Dhoni’s predecessor as the Test captain of the Indian cricket team. Dhoni succeded Kumble as the captain of the Test team in 2008 and under him.

“When Dhoni was the captain in the 2007 T20 World Cup, he handled the side really well, the win boosted his confidence,” Srikkanth said to ANI. 

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“He has always been calm and cool, he has motivated the players, aggressive culture was brought in by Sourav Ganguly, MS was totally opposite of that, when Kumble was the captain of the Test side, it was a good chance for Dhoni to learn. Anil gave him much-needed experience, Dhoni gave a lot of confidence to the players,” he added. 

Meanwhile, after taking India to the pinnacle of success, he stepped down from leadership duties and announced his retirement from Tests in 2014 and resigned from ODI captaincy in 2017. Currently, the legendary cricketer is out of action since the last nine months after India’s ouster from the ICC World Cup 2019 and his retirement speculations are on an all-time high.

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