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Ganguly changed mentality of Indian cricket, Dhoni took it forward: Lalchand Rajput

Lalchand Rajput, who was Team India’s manager during their victory at the inaugural edition of the WT20, gave an insight into wicket-keeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni and what made him one of the best captains the game has ever seen.

Rajput likened Dhoni’s style to that of former India captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly. He believes that Ganguly played a big role in changing the way cricket was played in India and Dhoni simply took that forward when he became the captain of the side in 2007.

Ganguly is widely credited with giving players chance at the highest level and Dhoni was one of them. Rajput stated Dhoni is also of the same mold as far as giving young players chance and confidence is concerned.

“He (Ganguly) used to give players a lot of confidence. Ganguly was the one who changed the mentality of the Indian team and I think it was just carried forward by Dhoni… If Dhoni felt like a certain player had potential, he made sure he gave that player got enough opportunities,” Rajput told Sportskeeda during a live video interaction on their Facebook page.

Before taking over the reigns across formats, Dhoni played under several big-name captains like Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble. Rajput stated that Dhoni’s captaincy style seems like a combination of both Ganguly and Dravid.

“To be honest, he was very very calm. He used to think two steps ahead because a captain has to make a decision on the ground… One thing I liked about him was that he was a thinking captain,” Rajput said.

“He seemed to me like a mixture of Ganguly and Rahul Dravid… Ganguly was very very aggressive and thinking but was positive and thinking.”

About Sumedh Bilgi

Sumedh Bilgi is a one-time IPL winner and Digital Lead, Broadcaster and Commentator at cricketnews.com. Sumedh is a journalist by qualification who realised the in-coming digital boom in the early 2010s and worked his way up in accordance. In the past, he has worked with sporting properties like Mumbai Indians, Chennaiyin FC, Ultimate Table Tennis and with brands like Google Local Guides and more to host and produce digital content.

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